This original lamp was commissioned by the Board of Trade in London, who sanctioned the construction of the Lighthouse on Scattery Island in 1866. The lamp was manufactured in Paris in 1856 and was then used in the Lighthouse on the Island for 130 years. The lamp was powered by oil until it was converted to gas in 1933. During its lifetime it guided boats and ships along the Shannon Estuary.
The Scattery light had a 10 mile range and was on 24 hours a day because gas wasn’t suited to being turned on and off.
On Monday 16th September 2002 Scattery lighthouse was converted to solar powered light. The Commissioners of Irish Lights donated the lamp to the Scattery Island Trust, who in turn placed it under the care of the OPW visitor centre where it could be viewed publicly.