LED Lighting Supports Sustainable Fishing and Protects Local Habitat
LED lighting technology helps to enhance sustainability not only by reducing general energy consumption, it also prevent wildlife in many ways. Recently in Alabama, USA, a turtle-friendly LED lighting was installed in the Gulf Coast to protect a wide variety of sea turtles living in the area.
Alabama’s Gulf Coast with its beautiful beaches attracts more than five million visitors annually. And the coast is also home to several species of sea turtles on the world’s endangered list. With the large amount of tourists coming all over during the year, sea turtle eggs and hatchlings are particularly vulnerable.
The city of Gulf Shores found it critical to upgrade its lighting along the streets and boardwalks adjacent to the beach with a turtle-friendly solutions since artificial lighting usually confuse the baby hatchlings who rely on moonlight and starlight to steer them toward the water.
Landscape architects on the project thus selected luminaires from Luminis which features optional turtle-friendly amber LED. Research has identified that sea turtles are not affected by amber LEDs with specific wavelengths.
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