The Coast Guard is considering changing the bulb on the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse to the latest technology

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BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — The Coast Guard is considering changing the bulb on the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse to the latest technology.

Coast Guard electrician James Harper tells the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, that an LED light would cut repair costs, travel time and man hours.

The beacon atop the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is many years old and needs constant repair. It already has gone dark twice this year and needed repairs.

Harper says an LED light would not rotate, not have moving parts, be easier to maintain and use 90 percent less electricity.

The Hatteras light would get the same product as the one now used at the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. That light was replaced last fall with a solar-powered LED light made by Vega Industries in New Zealand.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com