Venerable lighthouse gets a new holiday look

MONTAUK POINT, NEW YORK - Visitors to New York State's oldest lighthouse may soon see it in a new light.

The 212-year-old Montauk Point Lighthouse will be outlined in 3,000 tiny, energy-efficient bulbs for the holiday season. The display will run from November 29 through January 6.

United States Lighthouse Society Executive Director Jeff Gales says he knows of only one other, considerably smaller lighthouse decked out in the same fashion.

Project co-organizer Eleanor Ehrhardt won't say how much the display will cost, except "quite a bit." An official with the firm overseeing the project says the light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, use about 90 percent less electricity than conventional incandescent bulbs.

The 110-foot-tall structure is one of the nation's oldest active lighthouses.


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