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Beachfront Lighting: Turtle Friendly Fixtures & Lights

Lighting: Turtle Friendly

In working to correct lighting problems at various types of facilities, STC has identified a lack of turtle-friendly fixtures for certain types of situations. For example, state law requires pool decks to be illuminated to a certain level, but meeting those requirements currently can not be accomplished without impacting sea turtles if the pool deck is near the beach. To address this and other needs for suitable lights, STC worked with a specialty lighting manufacturer, Argent LED, to design, test and produce a new, versatile sea turtle-friendly light appropriate for use adjacent to nesting beaches. This new light will fill an important need in the types of lighting fixtures available by balancing sea turtle protection efforts with human safety needs. The 18 watt amber LED bollard is 2 feet tall, however, the light emitted is only 9 inches off the ground, thus allowing light to spread evenly across a surface up to 30 feet. The side of the bollard that faces the beach after installation has zero light emission, and additional side, top, and bottom shielding can be modified to block any light that may be seen from various angles on the beach. This specialized light is in its final phases before production and will soon be available for purchase.

Download the Darker Beaches, Brighter Futures Lighting Guide

Below are some examples of turtle-friendly fixtures and bulbs currently available. When choosing lighting for your coastal property, please remember these three simple rules:

    1. KEEP IT LOW Low mounting height and low bulb wattage. Flood, spot and pole lighting are highly discouraged.
    2. KEEP IT SHIELDED Use full cut-off fixtures that direct the light down to the ground. Shield fixtures so you cannot see the bulb, lamp or glowing lens.
    3. KEEP IT LONG Sea turtles are less disturbed by the long wavelengths of light (570 nanometers or longer), such as lights that are yellow, amber, or red in color.

Ceiling Mounted Fixture

Ceiling Mounted Sea Turtle Friendly Lighting Fixture

Ceiling Mounted Fixture

Ceiling Mounted Sea Turtle Friendly Lighting Fixture

Ceiling Mounted Fixture

Ceiling Mounted Sea Turtle Friendly Lighting Fixture

Wall Mounted Fixture

Wall Mounted Sea Turtle Friendly Lighting Fixture

Wall Mounted Fixture

Wall Mounted Sea Turtle Friendly Lighting Fixture

Pathway Fixtures

Sea Turtle Friendly Pathway Fixtures

Unshielded Wall Light

Unshielded Wall Light

Shielded Wall Light

Shielded Wall Light

Shielded Spotlight

Shielded Spotlight

Wall Sconce Fixture

Wall Sconce Turtle Friendly Lighting Fixture

Amber LED Light Bulb

Ceiling Mounted Sea Turtle Friendly Lighting Fixture

Red Flourescent Bulb

Ceiling Mounted Sea Turtle Friendly Lighting Fixture

Red Coated Bulb

Red Coated Sea Turtle Friendly bulb

In Ground Light

In Ground Beach Side Light Bollard


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