Let there be Fresnel lens light!

by brae  

So, Jasper Inlet Light is slated for breaking ground in 2014, based on current workload.  :D  But, I've been thinking about the lantern room from the beginning, figuring that would be one of the more difficult things to do.

While I was searching around online for options, I stumbled across the Harbour Lights Fresnel lens collectible series from the early 2000s.  Most or all are retired, from what I've gathered, but there is always the secondary market to consider.  There were a few I liked from the series, so I started keeping an eye out for one.

I lucked out and found this particular model new at City Lights Collectibles for a great price.  This is the Third Order Beehive Fresnel Lens from Big Bay Point Lighthouse Michigan.  It is roughly 8 1/4" high including the wood base.

The glass itself measures 5 5/8" tall.  The glass portion is attached to the dark green plastic base, so the entire removable unit measures 7 1/8" high.  The model here is 5 3/4" tall.

I found this reference stating that third order lenses are roughly 4' 8" tall, though I'm not sure if that means only the glass or the metal base as well.  Even if this replica isn't exactly 1:12 scale, I think it will make for a beautiful lantern room, which I'll likely end up scratch building to get the right fit.  Greenleaf makes a 1:12 scale lighthouse kit, which might be worth looking into as well...it's often easier to bash something than to start from scratch.

For size reference, here it is in the Heritage kitchen, which measures 8 1/8" high by 10 1/8" wide.  I could easily make a lantern room 8" square.  If you've ever been in a lantern room of a lighthouse, you know how tight the quarters can be.

Yes, it lights.  :D  It's a steady light, no flashing or rotating, but it's lovely!  I plan to set it out and enjoy it until the build begins.

Because the glass and filigree base are removable, I can easily swap out the lighting mechanism when I build the lantern room.  Cir-kit has a flashing beacon on the miniature market that would work wonderfully.  How exciting!

12 comments

Comment from: April [Visitor]

Who knew a light could be so exciting! I can’t wait to see this, you sure we can’t convince you to break ground a little early?

09/25/12 @ 18:14
Comment from: brae [Member]

Even if I did, the lantern room has to be last. :))

09/25/12 @ 18:39
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]

How exciting is right! But, you’re teasing us. Such a long time to wait! That light is stunning plus I love green glass, especially when it’s lit up from the inside!

09/25/12 @ 19:57
Comment from: Mins [Visitor]  

That is so cool! It’s gonna be totally awesome as a lantern room Brae. What a fantastic find, it’s perfect!
I can’t wait now either *sighs*… But as my mother always told me “good things come to those who wait!”
Hugs, Mins x

09/25/12 @ 20:27
Comment from: brae [Member]

:D Yes, long waits…for me, too, you know. I’d love to have all the time in the world to work on minis. But, I really should leave the house on a regular basis. :))

09/26/12 @ 08:56
Comment from: CJ [Visitor]  

Oh, my gosh this is genius!!! I would never have thought of this in a million years. You’re really good at seeing the potential in things.

09/26/12 @ 11:13
Comment from: brae [Member]

Aw, thanks so much! :>>

09/26/12 @ 11:56
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]

Love it!!! Such a great addition to your collection of fun things, while you wait. :) Can’t wait to see this build started!

09/26/12 @ 21:25
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

That is cool! Wicked cool!

09/30/12 @ 07:20
Comment from: brae [Member]

:D Thanks!!

09/30/12 @ 21:46
Comment from: David K. Townsend [Visitor]

Love these reproductions because they really work. Have three different ones, and each have the amazing powers of light amplification of the full size, real McCoy lenses. Sounds like you have a neat project, and the abilities to see it through.

12/10/16 @ 06:05
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :D

12/11/16 @ 12:36


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