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Jennette's Pier
South Nags Head, NC

  • project Jennette's Pier
  • lighting designer Bright Ideas Lighting | Kitty Hawk, NC
  • photographer James Brigagliano, Hyexposure Photography
  • representation MB Widerman Associates

Jennette’s Pier was first opened in South Nags Head, North Car­olina back in 1939. Part of the Outer Banks, it was a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for fish­er­men young and old in search of catch­ing a red drum, blue­fish, striped bass, floun­der, or king mack­erel. Built orig­i­nally to 754’ long and 16’ wide with a 28’ wide T-shaped end, Jennette’s Pier with­stood many hur­ri­canes and nor-easter storms, though parts includ­ing the pier house had to be recon­structed sev­eral times.

In 2003, the pier was sold to the North Car­olina Aquar­ium Soci­ety. When it was later mostly destroyed by Hur­ri­cane Isabel, the soci­ety deter­mined it would be best to rebuild in con­crete, cre­at­ing a 1,000; long edu­ca­tional ocean pier. Most recently, Hur­ri­cane Dorian dam­aged the wind tur­bines of Jennette’s Pier, but the con­crete con­struc­tion proved hur­ri­cane-worthy.

Inula Columns by Selux were chosen for the latest light­ing update to the pier, in part because of their Dark-Sky Friendly light­ing, but also for the strength and dura­bil­ity. The columns can be seen in many wed­ding pho­tographs taken at the pier, and create a com­fort­able ambi­ence for night events. Inula helped with Jennette’s Pier’s LEED Plat­inum Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, the high­est honor from the USGBC.

  • The Inula Bollard and Column are sophisticated and environmentally friendly pathway and area luminaires with no up light. The proprietary optic provides clean lighting patterns with no striations. A recessed LED light engine, convex cone shaped light chamber, and matte Black finish provides a BUG up light rating of U0. In combination with the First Light Technologies solar package, the Inula Solar bollard is the premier choice for off-grid applications. The 4W Solar system and 3000K and 4500K LED light engines are complemented by a high efficiency Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) charge controller. The entire system is designed to automatically manage the light output based on environmental conditions and lighting requirements. Different run profiles allow for optimal performance based on location.
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