Wildlife Lighting Criteria

In order to meet the criteria for Wildlife Lighting, a fixture, lamp, or community lighting must be able to satisfy all three of the conditions below:

Keep it low

Fixtures must be able to be mounted as low as possible and still be appropriate for the needed purpose

Fixtures must be able to accept lamps that produce only the lumens necessary for the needed purpose

Bulb must produce the lowest lumens necessary for the needed purpose

Keep it shielded

Fixture must meet or exceed full cut-off

Fixture must be able to shield bulb, lamp, or glowing lens from the beach, wildlife corridor, or protected natural area when mounted appropriately

Bulb must be able to be used in an approved fixture

Keep it long

Fixture must accept long wavelength bulbs

Lamp/Bulb must produce only long wavelength light (560 nm or longer and absent wavelengths below 560nm)

The mounting: Is it mounted as low as possible?

The bulb: Is it long wavelength? Is the wattage as low as possible?

Please refer to the FWC's Sea Turtle Lighting Guidelines icon_PDF.gif to determine the additional requirements for the appropriate lamp and / or fixture to be submitted.


Wildlife Lighting Electronic Pre-Review Process, open until February 28th, 2019

The Electronic Pre-Review Process is for fixtures/lamps that need to be recertified and new fixtures/lamps you will like staff at FWC to review prior to the submittal period. Please note, in order to be certified, fixtures/lamps need to meet all three Wildlife Lighting Criteria above. Thank you for your interest in the protection of Florida’s marine turtles, nests, hatchlings, and nesting habitat!

To have a fixture or lamp reviewed in the Electronic Pre-Review Process the manufacturer should submit the following to Wildlifelighting@myfwc.com.

  • Specification/cutsheets of each fixture/lamp.
  • Photos of fixtures/lamps. For fixtures, the photos should clearly depict that the fixtures meet or exceed full-cutoff.
  • Spectral distribution chart (if available).
  • LM-79 Report (if available).
  • Shielding options (if available).

Once the above information is received, FWC staff will decide if the fixtures/lamps meet the qualifications and will contact you to arrange for a sample to be sent in the mail to our offices during the submittal period. Directions on the submittal period are below. If your products do not meet the Wildlife Lighting Criteria, the Electronic Pre-Review Process is where FWC staff will provide recommendations to improve your fixtures/lamps to be certified.


Wildlife Lighting Submittal Period, opens March 1st, 2019-May 1st, 2019

The submittal period is when fixtures/lamps can be submitted by mail to FWC for review. You must complete the Electronic Pre-Review Process (above) before submitting any fixtures/lamps by mail, however, to prepare prior, the following needs to be included by mail:

  • Submittal Form icon_PDF.gif,
  • Fixture/Lamp. If there are a series of fixtures, one fixture can be submitted by mail to represent that series.
  • Specifications/cutsheets.
  • LM-79 report (If available).
  • Status of UL certification (If available).
  • Shielding options (If available).
  • To have your submitted product returned after testing, please provide a prepaid shipping label for either UPS or FEDEX, whichever is preferred, and arrange for the shipping company to pick up the package at the address provided. We no longer accept UPS or FEDEX account numbers.

Please note, all submitted fixtures and luminaires must be fitted with a plug that fits into a standard 120v wall socket. If you are submitting an individual lamp for testing, you must provide a fixture for the lamp to be tested in that is fitted with a plug that fits into a regular wall socket.

Wildlife Lighting Certifications are only valid for 2 years from the date of issuance. Fixtures and lamps that were certified prior to 2016 are required to be resubmitted for recertification. If you are unsure if your product needs to be resubmitted for recertification, please send an email to Wildlifelighting@myfwc.com for verification.

If a product becomes Wildlife Lighting certified, we must be provided with the name of the product, the catalog number, manufacturer, a digital photograph of the product, and a cutsheet/specification sheet that displays only the certified product and approved options. Once this information is received, your product will be added to our website and we will emailed a formal letter and certificate acknowledging the certification of your product and granting you use of the Wildlife Lighting logo. The cutsheet or specification sheet must only contain the special options (i.e., shielding and lamping options) that meet the Wildlife Lighting criteria in order to display the Wildlife Lighting logo.

For more information regarding the Wildlife Lighting Certification Program, please contact us at wildlifelighting@myfwc.com.



FWC Facts:
Florida is a peninsula, which contributes to the number of invasive species affecting our ecosystem.

Learn More at AskFWC