|man_made = lighthouse|
|Tower that emits light to serve as a navigational aid at sea or on inland waterway|
|Rendering in openstreetmap-carto|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
The man_made=lighthouse tag is used to identify a or former lighthouse. Operational lighthouses show different colors in different sectors (e.g. white, red, green), so the relative direction of the light to the viewer can be approximated. Some lights are positioned behind each other and, when brought to an alignment act as a leading light. Often, lights incorporate radio transmitters, DGPS, radar and other things too.
Note that there are some tiny navigation aids that emit light and are not lighthouses.
How to map
Full mapping may consist of one or two OSM objects. The lighthouse object describes the characteristics of the tower as a building; the light object describes the properties of the navigational light.
Following tags also may be useful:
If mapping as areas in not feasible, map building as a node.
- Main article: Seamarks/Lights
Operational navigational lights should be mapped as node and tagged using seamark:type=* tags (except rare situations lighthouses are seamark:type=light_major). If it's a sector light, every sector is described separately. The individual sectors are numbered. Every sector has a starting and an ending angle. If no angle is defined the light is visible from all directions: its angle is 360°.
Use for the attributes seamark:<object>:<number>:<attribute>=<value>
- seamark:light:#:category=* - Category Beacon as front, rear, upper, lower
- seamark:light:#:character=* - Rhythm of light
- seamark:light:#:colour=* - Colour of light
- seamark:light:#:height=* - Height in meters
- seamark:light:#:period=* - Period
- seamark:light:#:range=* - Radius in nautical miles, how far the signal can be in nominal terms
- seamark:light:#:radius=* - Radius in nautical miles, as the sector on the map to be displayed
- seamark:light:#:sector_start=* - Beginning of the sector
- seamark:light:#:sector_end=* - End of the sector
'# it can be entered multiple signals that are numbered here.
Re-purposed and multi-purpose lighthouse buildings
Lighthouses are frequently very substantial buildings, and sometimes are reused for other purposes even if their navigational light is removed. Conversely, it's possible for an operational lighthouse to have other uses to the public beyond assisting navigation.
- OpenSeaMap displays details of navigational lights in much greater more detail.
- Marine navigation
- aeroway=navigationaid - for tagging plane navigation lights
Related terms: ‹ beacon › ‹ light house ›