Just in time for turtle season — turtle-friendly lighting

Lucky street lanterns

Max Luther with the copper lighting his parents make.

Special to The Sun
Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM.

Our endangered and threatened friends, the mighty sea turtles, are eagerly anticipated to return to South Walton's beaches to unload their precious cargo of eggs beginning around May 1.

Jennifer and Scott Luther are ready to help cut down on the chance of lights interfering with sea turtles nesting or hatchlings returning to the water where they belong.

The Luthers manufacture turtle-friendly outdoor lights for homes, and they do it locally. They own a copper outdoor lighting business, Lucky Street Lanterns.

In January, the Luthers added a new dimension and stature to their lighting by earning turtle-friendly-lighting certification from Florida Wildlife Commission.

To be certified turtle/wildlife friendly, the three criteria that must be met are that the light covers must hang low, long, and be shielded. They also should reduce wall wash. Wall wash happens when light reflects off a wall.

Instead of the white light reflection, the FWC suggests an amber or red glow for outside lighting for homes along the beach.

The lighting the Luthers manufacture meets those criteria.

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