These iLight Products Are Turtle Friendly
Red, Orange, and Amber Plexineon
According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, thousands of sea turtle species hatchlings become disoriented and up to 80 percent die each year because of light pollution. In response, the FFWCC has worked with iLight Technologies to develop and approve outdoor lighting fixtures that minimize the impacts of exterior lighting on nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings.
iLight products meet stringent guidelines and have been certified as wildlife lighting.
Born at night, newly hatched turtles instinctively head toward the place with the most light, which historically had been the sea due to the moonlight reflecting off the water’s surface. Today, hatchlings often mistakenly head toward relatively brightly lit condominiums, restaurants, and streets, where they are at risk of being eaten by predators, run over by cars, or baked to death in the hot Florida sun the next day.
The FFWCC and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) have combined their efforts to certify light fixtures as wildlife friendly. In order to qualify, lighting manufacturers must meet certain guidelines. Luminaires must be mounted as low as is practical for an intended illumination task, be fully cut-off or at least be completely shielded from the beach, and be lamped to produce long-wavelength light (Turtles have trouble seeing monochromatic yellow, amber, and red light, but are most attracted to bright white polychromatic lights, such as white fluorescent, metal halide, halogen, and mercury vapor).
Appropriate wildlife lighting meets ALL THREE of the criteria below:
- Keep it LOW – mount the fixture as low as possible to minimize light trespass, and use the lowest amount of light needed for the task
- Keep it SHIELDED – fully shield the light so bulbs and/or glowing lenses are not visible to minimize light trespass
- Keep it LONG – use long wavelength light sources (ambers and reds) in the appropriate lighting fixtures