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

Bulb must produce only long wavelength light (560 nm or longer)

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 Wildlife Friendly Lighting Program will begin accepting fixtures and lamps for review September 19 through October 31, 2016. Please consult the submittal instructions and requirements listed below. No fixtures or lamps will be accepted for review after October 31. Participants will be notified of the status of their submittal after it is evaluated, and all submittals will be returned to the participant if a return label is provided. Any additional periods for submittal of fixtures and lamps will be announced on this web page or through Wildlifelighting@myfwc.com. Thank 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, the manufacturer should submit a sample of the fixture/lamp along with specifications, cutsheet, LM-79 report (If available), status of UL certification, and an explanation of how the light meets the three criteria above (LOW, SHIELDED, and LONG). All submitted fixtures 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.

Submittals should be mailed to the following address:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Imperiled Species Management Section - Sea Turtle Subsection
1320 Executive Center Drive
Atkins Building - Suite 101
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 922-4330

To have your submitted product returned after testing, please provide a mailing address and an account number or a label for either UPS or FEDEX, whichever is preferred, and arrange the shipping company to pick up the package at the address listed above.

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. Once this information is received, your product will be added to our website and we will mail 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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