Renovations are underway at the Cape Byron Lighthouse, and will involve removing the existing paint from the inside of the lighthouse and repainting the exterior walls.
Undertaken by The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the painting works are expected to be completed by early June 2015.
AMSA say they will also be upgrading the light source of the lens to a modern LED (light emitting diode) after painting works are complete, as part of a trial.
The AMSA press release says, ‘Incandescent lamps have been used in lighthouses across the country for many years, but they are being progressively phased out and replaced by LED lights.
‘The 1,000-watt lamps currently used at Cape Byron and similar lighthouses are becoming increasingly difficult to source and are not cost effective.
‘The use of the LED light will reduce power usage and maintenance needs at the lighthouse owing to increased longevity and reliability.
‘A suitable aid to navigation for mariners will be maintained and the original heritage lens will be kept operational.
‘While the works are in progress, the inside of the lighthouse will be closed to the public.’