What is Wildlife Safe…
If you’ve ever been near the ocean at night, you’ve probably noticed how the lighting is an amber color and positioned low to the ground. This amber colored lighting is referred to as wildlife safe lighting, or sea turtle friendly.
Why keep lighting Wildlife safe?
As we expand along our coasts, our infrastructure negatively impacts local wildlife in the form of light pollution. Nocturnal animals are most affected by this form of pollution. Since predators use the light to hunt, and prey uses the dark as cover, as the night sky becomes brighter, prey loses its advantage.
In addition to disrupting the prey/predator relationship, the brighter night skies disrupt the navigational tools some animals use to migrate or move, such as sea turtles or migratory birds. Lighting on the beach can lead sea turtles away from the moon-light sea, and drive them up the beach to their deaths.
How does Amber lighting help?
Amber lighting is considered wildlife, or sea turtle friendly because of the long wavelengths that color generates. Amber LEDs, such as the FLEDHID, emit a wavelength of 588-596 nanometers, which is virtually invisible to sea turtles and other animals. By lighting areas with this bright amber light, sea turtles are not distracted and can rely on the moon.
Maintaining sea turtle safe lighting does not mean you have to live in the dark. Using amber lights and mounting fixtures low to the ground, man and animals can coexist. Check out the FLED HID sea turtle friendly LED lamp from Fusion Lamps and help protect the environment while remaining safe and energy efficient. Available for purchase through your local City Electric Supply.