Classic Fresnel Lighthouse Lenses (Youtube)
Another benefit of Facebook (FB), if you subscribe to the right channels, is the notification of new webpages. In this case a friend on Sentinelles des Mer (FB) led me to their webpage in Belgium www.sentinelles-des-mers.be again in French in case you clicked on the first link already.
What a beautiful sight (site?) to see! The page is covered with Fresnel lenses – originals and copies, plus they had links to the original webpage Artworks Florida which you will be happy to know is in English.
Artworks Florida says:
Fresnel Lens Reproduction and Restoration
Artworks Florida custom designs and manufactures historic reproduction Fresnel lenses that were used to illuminate lighthouses in the 1800’s
Artworks Florida designs and manufactures custom lens components used in the restoration of original classic Fresnel lenses
So now you know what happens if you break it.
If you break your prized lighthouse lens, contact Artworks Florida – people who are:
Dedicated to the Preservation and Restoration of Historic Fresnel Lenses
Artworks Florida was established in 1992 to aid in the restoration of the 1st order classic Fresnel lens in the St. Augustine Lighthouse, Florida. The lens was vandalized a few years earlier and the Coast Guard was scheduled to dismantle and remove the lens from the tower. The Junior Service League of St. Augustine promised to raise the funds and find a way to restore the lens if they would be allowed to keep their historic lens in the tower. The lens was successfully restored and re-lit one year later.
The following years Artworks Florida was involved in the restoration of several classic Fresnel lens at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, and numerous other Fresnel lens restorations around the country.
In 2003 the design and production of full scale reproduction lenses began. These lenses are used as interpretive exhibits in museums, and used as private aids to navigation in many lighthouses around the country.