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Cape Lookout Light

Location: Core Banks / Cape Lookout near Beaufort, NC
Body of Water: Atlantic Ocean

About Cape Lookout Light


The location of the light is Core Banks / Cape Lookout. The nearest city is Beaufort, NC. The station was first established in 1812. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1859.

The lighthouse is a black and white diagonally checkered tower.

The tower has a flashing white light at a focal plane height of 156 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 25 nautical miles. The tower height is 169 ft. The light has a period of 15 seconds.

Open to the Public?: Grounds Only    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 2-0670 (U.S.)
Identification number: J2430 (International)

In 1873, the lighthouse was painted in its distinctive black and white diagonal checkerboard, or diamond pattern. The center of the black diamonds points in a north-south direction, while the center of the white diamonds points east-west. The light was automated in 1950.

The Keeper's Quarters has a tiny gift shop and a one-room "museum" of artifacts from the light station. The lighthouse is part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore and can only be accessed by private ferry. During the summer, the Cape Lookout Light Station Visitor Center and Keepers' Quarters Museum are open.

In September 2017, the lighthouse completed a modernization process. This included removing the original light apparatus (a DCB-224 rotating aero-beacon) and installing a solar-powered multi-tier LED optic.

A 'flashing' light is a light in which the total duration of light in a period is shorter than the total duration of darkness and the appearances of light (flashes) are usually of equal duration. So in the 15 second period, the light is on for less than 7.5 then off for more than 7.5.

Cape Lookout Light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Oct. 18, 1972, reference number 72000097.

Today's Conditions on Site

Astronomical Info.

Astronomical Dawn: 5:44 am
Sunrise: 7:13 am
Sunset: 5:21 pm
Astronomical Dusk: 6:49 pm

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