Wildlife Lighting Criteria

In order to meet the criteria for Wildlife Lighting, a fixture, lamp, or community lighting must be able to satisfy all three of the conditions below:

Keep it low

Fixtures must be able to be mounted as low as possible and still be appropriate for the needed purpose

Fixtures must be able to accept lamps that produce only the lumens necessary for the needed purpose

Bulb must produce the lowest lumens necessary for the needed purpose

Keep it shielded

Fixture must meet or exceed full cut-off

Fixture must be able to shield bulb, lamp, or glowing lens from the beach, wildlife corridor, or protected natural area when mounted appropriately

Bulb must be able to be used in an approved fixture

Keep it long

Fixture must accept long wavelength bulbs

Lamp/Bulb must produce only long wavelength light (560 nm or longer and absent wavelengths below 560nm)

The mounting: Is it mounted as low as possible?

The bulb: Is it long wavelength? Is the wattage as low as possible?

Please refer to the FWC's Sea Turtle Lighting Guidelines icon_PDF.gif to determine the additional requirements for the appropriate lamp and / or fixture to be submitted.

Fixture Approval Process

The window for submittal of fixtures and lamps is currently closed.  The next review period will be held prior to April 2019.  Review periods for Wildlife Lighting Certification will be announced on this webpage or through our email distribution list.  To receive notice of future review periods, please send a request to Wildlifelighting@myfwc.comThank you for your interest in the protection of Florida’s marine turtles, nests, hatchlings, and nesting habitat!

To have a fixture or bulb certified as Wildlife Lighting during the announced submittal period, the manufacturer should submit the following to Wildlifelighting@myfwc.com.

  • Submittal Form icon_PDF.gif,
  • specifications/cutsheets,
  • Photos of fixture or bulb
  • LM-79 report (If available),
  • status of UL certification (If available)

*Please email Wildlifelighting@myfwc.com if you would like to submit the above information by mail.

Once the above information is recieved, FWC staff will decide if the fixture and/or bulb meets the qualifications and will contact you to arrange for a sample to be sent in the mail to our offices.  Please note, all submitted fixtures and luminaires must be fitted with a plug that fits into a standard 120v wall socket.  If you are submitting an individual lamp for testing, you must provide a fixture for the lamp to be tested in that is fitted with a plug that fits into a regular wall socket. 

Wildlife Lighting Certifications are only valid for 2 years from the date of issuance.  Fixtures and lamps that were certified prior to 2016 are required to be resubmitted for recertification.  If you are unsure if your product needs to be resubmitted for recertification, please send an email to Wildlifelighting@myfwc.com for verification.

To have your submitted product returned after testing, please provide a prepaid shipping label for either UPS or FEDEX, whichever is preferred, and arrange for the shipping company to pick up the package at the address provided.  We no longer accept UPS or FEDEX account numbers.

If a product becomes Wildlife Lighting certified, we must be provided with the name of the product, the catalog number, manufacturer, a digital photograph of the product, and a cutsheet/specification sheet that displays only the certified product and approved options.  Once this information is received, your product will be added to our website and we will emailed a formal letter and certificate acknowledging the certification of your product and granting you use of the Wildlife Lighting logo.  The cutsheet or specification sheet must only contain the special options (i.e., shielding and lamping options) that meet the Wildlife Lighting criteria in order to display the Wildlife Lighting logo.

For more information regarding the Wildlife Lighting Certification Program, please contact us at wildlifelighting@myfwc.com.



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