Elemental LED, Emeryville, Calif., a manufacturer of LED lighting solutions, said two of its LED strip lights are now offered in an amber color and considered sea turtle-friendly. Elemental LED and its manufacturing and wholesale division, Diode LED, reworked the Diode LED Fluid View 12V strip light and Fluid View 12V Wet Location strip light to comply with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) guidelines to have the units certified as Wildlife Lighting products when installed properly.
The Wildlife Lighting Certification program is a cooperative effort between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designed to educate members of the public, the building industry and government officials on how to minimize adverse impacts of artificial light to wildlife by using proper lighting methods and fixtures.
Artificial lights cause disruption of behavior, injury and even death to thousands of migrating birds, sea turtles and other reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, Elemental LED said in a release. Red and amber LED lights give off a longer wavelength light, which is less likely to impact sea turtles' mating, nesting and migration habits than white or short wavelength light (less than 560 nanometers).
“The certified Amber LED tape lights are recommended for use in areas where artificial lighting is needed adjacent to ecologically sensitive areas, sea turtles nesting beaches, migratory corridors, and Dark Sky Friendly communities,” said Luke Davis, FWC Biologist III. “Per the FWC sea turtle lighting guidelines, the certified Amber LED Tape lights must be installed in a shielded location with the light directed away from the beach.”