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Turtle Lighting

First Light’s New PLB Series amber LED Option is approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for use in Sea Turtle Nesting Habitats.

Baby turtles are safer thanks to the First Light PLB amber LED and the 180 degree back light shield that provides necessary lighting for visual landscape of beachfront properties near marine turtle habitats.


Each year thousands of sea turtles make their way to the sandy beaches of Florida and the Caribbean looking for place to nest. Unfortunately over the last 10 years reports have shown a nearly 50% drop in sea turtle nesting and the rise in hatchling mortality rates. This is a direct result of ambient white lights emanating from commercial and residential areas along the coast. These white lights trick the hatchlings into thinking they are headed for the moonlit waters when in fact they are heading to certain death. Since the little turtles are unable to see the safer amber LEDs they turn their attention to the white light of the moon and make their way to where they are meant to be, the sea.

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Turtle Lighting

After passing the testing requirements set forth by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee, First Lights' new option for the PLB was tested and approved as safe for installation near turtle nesting beaches due to low wavelengths and low mounting height options of both 14" and 36" ensures minimal affect on sea turtles making the PLB an ideal choice where responsible turtle friendly lighting practices are required.
  • The light source is contained on three sides and from above
  • Highly efficient low wattage amber LEDs are invisible to turtles.
  • 50,000 hr. LED circuit board reduces both energy and maintenance
  • Available in all our color categories: bronze, black, white and silver
Utilizing solar power and LED lighting the PLB bollards are fully self contained and offer significant benefits over typical wired bollards especially with in sensitive ecosystems:
  • Low installed cost and minimal site impact with no trenching, cabling or wiring
  • Minimal ongoing costs with no electrical bills or bulbs to change
  • Not susceptible to power outages
  • Provide a visibly green statement without recurring carbon emissions
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