The Pilsum lighthouse is one of the most famous landmarks of East Frisia and a very popular photo motif. It stands on the North Sea dike. The lighthouse was planned in 1883 as one of 5 leading lights and completed in 1890. One year later they could be put into service. Already in 1919 the operation of the lighthouse was stopped again. In the meantime there were considerations to demolish the lighthouse, but in the spring of 1973 an extensive renovation took place. This gave it its striking red-yellow-red paint job - previously the lighthouse had been painted red. The lighthouse appears in films with the famous comedian Otto Waalkes, but also in some German series.