DALLAS, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas Light Bulb, a leader in consumer lighting products, sold a Halco 80625 LED Amber colored light to MB Development of Miami Beach, Florida, for its Grand Beach Hotel in attempt to meet Turtle Light Certification. The amber light is being used instead of traditional, white light to combat turtle nesting and hatchling issues caused by exterior, artificial lighting on beachfront properties.
"We have tried several products and this is the best," said Kelly Kirtland of MB Development. MB Development has not been fully approved yet, but met with the FFWCC (Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission). "The council said that no hotel on Miami Beach has met the necessary requirements, but this is moving in the right direction."
The US Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Florida Statute, Chapter 370 protect sea turtles. It is illegal to harm sea turtles, their nests or hatchlings. Miami Beach is a nesting habitat for sea turtles. Annually, from April-November, sea turtles nest on Florida's beaches. Female sea turtles nest 3-5 times biennial and lay approximately 100 eggs per nest.
Turtles prefer dark beaches for nesting; however, much of Florida's coastline is brightly lit. This poses a threat to nests, which are not properly hidden. Sea turtle hatchlings are instinctively attracted to the moon and stars reflecting off of water. Artificial lighting distracts hatchlings away from the ocean and towards beachfront properties. Many hatchlings die before they reach water.
One solution is installing softer exterior beachfront lighting (Florida State Law: Chapter 62B-55, Florida Administrative Code). The City of Miami Beach has adopted a Turtle Nesting Protection Ordinance to minimize the impact of artificial lighting and thereby protect the endangered species. The ordinance encourages light management on private and public lands, preventing light pollution that is potentially harmful to sea turtles.
"We have amber lights for many applications," said Lisa Hughes, Dallas Light Bulb. "We can replace old lighting from hotels, resorts and stores with something that seems to help solve a problem."
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Rebecca Baker, B&G Baker, Inc.
Dallas Light Bulb
Ph: (214) 616-9033
SOURCE Dallas Light Bulb