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Still Aiding Navigation After 140 Years
Our stained glass depiction of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse isn't bright enough to help ships navigate your home, but that's probably not a problem that you have anyway.
This is not a self-contained night light. Switchables stained glass night light covers are designed to be used with the Switchables Nightlight Fixture (sold separately). Switchables are "switchable" because you can easily swap any one of our covers onto the same simple fixture. You can also use your Switchables cover as a suncatcher, a Christmas ornament, or with any other kind of light source. To display your Switchables cover in a window, add the optional suction cup. Switchables make gift-giving easy: Start your recipient out with a fixture and one or two covers, then buy him or her new covers on future gift-giving occasions.
Are you curious...?
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest in the US. Its beacon can be seen some 20 miles out to sea and has warned sailors for more than 100 years of the treacherous Diamond Shoals, shallow sandbars that extend some 14 miles out into the ocean off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
Legend says that the engineer who was assigned to paint North Carolina's lighthouses got the plans mixed up. The diamond-shaped figures suitable for warning traffic away from Diamond Shoals went to Cape Lookout, and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse received the spiral striping, thereby forever gaining the nickname ''The Big Barber Pole.'' Those distinctive stripes are prominent on our night light lens.
It was built between 1868 and 1870 with 1,250,000 bricks baked in kilns along the James River in Virginia and brought in scows into Cape Creek, then hauled by oxen one mile to the building site in Buxton. Its walls at the base are 14 feet of solid masonry that narrow to just eight feet at the top. Weighing 6,250 tons, the lighthouse was built with no pilings under it - just a foundation built of heart pine. Towering 196 feet from the base to the top brick, and then topped with an iron superstructure, it become the tallest brick lighthouse on the American coast at 208 feet and at a cost of $155,000.00.
In the summer of 1999, as the ever-encroaching waters of the Atlantic Ocean threatened this historic structure, the Cape Hatteras Light was moved from its original location.