Sea Turtle lighting
How to find the perfect electrician that knows how to add or fix Sea Turtle Lighting in less than 3 minutes...
--Did you know that sea turtles having been nesting on our sandy beaches for millions of years?
--Did you know that the mommy and her new babies must return immediately to the water after hatching?
We at Kendall Electricians know important aspect of light management and we know how to not let it stray artificial lighting on to the beach.
Here are some useful and recommended facts to look over:
-Put fixtures so the light source can’t be seen from the beach.
-Aim the lights down and away from the beach.
-You may apply shields to light fixtures.
-Eliminate fixtures that let light shine in too many directions.
-Angle porch lights into the underside of a structural component. Ex. A beam, an arch or a staircase.
-Lower the mounting height of all the pole lights.
-Change all walkway fixtures closer to the ground.
-Don’t use flashlights or lanterns on the beach at night during sea turtle nesting season.
-Make sure to have curtains or window shades closed during the night so that it blocks any extra lighting on to the beach.
-Position interior lighting away from windows.
-Install 45% transmittance window tint (this can save you energy cost as well)
-Put security lights on motion detection mode so they activate only when someone or something is on property.
-Reduce the blub watts used in the exterior.
-Illuminate property with less lighting fixtures.
-Replace blue, green and white emitting lights with long wavelength lights that appear yellow, amber and red to the human eye, such as bug lights. Colors at the red end of the spectrum are less visible to sea turtles.
In the state of Florida, a program has been in effect to minimize damages caused by light pollution.
This program consist of annual meetings, night lighting compliance inspections, violations notices and enforcement action.
To those living on the beach, a sea turtle information package is sent to each property prior to nesting season.
The package illustrates the importance of shielding lights off during the season. Lighting compliance inspections are conducted throughout the nesting and hatching season.
Light sources that created shadow on the beach are considered a violation.
Any violations not corrected are turned over to the Code Enforcement Department for formal action.
Failure to protect sea turtles from harmful lighting can result in hearings before the County Code Enforcement Board.
This board has the ability to fine violators up to $1,000 per day for an initial violation; $5,000 per day for repeat violations, or a one-time fine not to exceed $15,000. Criminal and/or civil prosecution by Florida and/or the U.S. government may result if lighting harasses or causes a sea turtle injury or death.
Contact Kendall Electricians to help you become compliant and “turtle friendly”.
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