Turtle Friendly

Static 590 and 617 nm wavelength light fixtures are the environmentally- preferred solution for turtle habitats and dark sky protection.

Helping Hatchlings Stay Safe

Each year, thousands of sea turtles are affected by the use of traditional lighting along coastlines around the world. While white light can disorient new hatchlings and disrupt their natural response to the moon at night, shielded long-wavelength amber light in 590nm has been shown to provide adequate illumination for human inhabitants while protecting the young sea turtles.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) is dedicated to providing a safer habitat for nesting sea turtles, by promoting fixture designs that will not impact this threatened species. FWC has Three Golden Rules of beachfront lighting:

  • Keep it low
  • Keep it long
  • Keep it shielded

Other places they are used is in national parks to help protect a variety of wildlife that can get confused by brighter white lighting solutions.  Kirlin’s FWC-approved long-wavelength luminaires have an added benefit as well: their compliance with dark sky ordinances has led to many Shoreview installations quite a ways inland from nesting sea turtles, in environments where people gaze upwards to marvel at the sky.

Turtle Friendly FAQ

  • What color technology does Shoreview Series use?

    We use narrow band, static wavelength LEDs in either 590nm (yellow/amber) or 617nm (red/orange)
  • Where else can these fixtures be used aside from areas where turtles are the concern?

    These fixtures can be utilized in areas where wildlife is present to not confuse them, including national parks. They are also often used in areas where dark sky is important such as observatories.