Coastal Buildings Can Stay Compliant with New LED Fixtures That Protect Wildlife

A new product, the JORA cutoff wall pack, is now on the market for owners of buildings requiring wildlife-friendly lighting.

The LED product, manufactured by Access Fixtures, emits amber-colored light above 560 nanometers, which is required for some buildings in wildlife areas, such as sea turtle nesting regions in coastal Florida communities. The state developed a model lighting ordinance (62B-55, F.A.C.) to guide local governments in creating lighting ordinances. Several counties and municipalities in Florida have passed ordinances prohibiting light from reaching the beach.

The JORA wall pack LEDs are hidden from direct view by a cutoff housing, making coastal buildings appealing to humans and safe for turtles and wildlife. The fixtures are available from 24 to 104 watts and are designed for coastal environments, largely due to their CSA and IP65 ratings, which prove protection against both dust and water. Optional upgrades include 0-10v dimming, step dimming, emergency battery backup, occupancy sensors, and surge protection.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the following are acceaptable lamps, bulbs and other light sources: Long wave length lights, e.g. those that produce light that measures greater than 560 nanometers on a spectroscope, are necessary for all construction visible from and adjacent to marine turtle nesting beaches. Bright white light, such as metal halide, halogen, fluorescent, mercury vapor and incandescent lamps will not be approved. Filters are unreliable and not allowed. Limited use of shorter wavelength lights may be approved in areas where direct and indirect light or glow could not possibly be visible from the beach upon approval by FWC.

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