The National Lighting Bureau (NLB), through its members, is offering free LED lights for the remote sites being set up across the U.S. to test for the coronavirus.
The Bureau provides its services to the public free of charge with the funding of the organization’s sponsors, which include individuals, professional societies, trade associations, labor unions, manufacturers, and agencies of the U.S. government. The participated associates include:
- BIOS Lighting
- GE Current, a Daintree Company
- Healthe by Lighting Science
- Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
- Imperial Lighting Maintenance Company
- Inspired LED
- International Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO)
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
- Kurtzon Lighting
- Lighting Controls Association (LCA)
- Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.
- National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
- National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
- New Star Lighting
- Pompeo Group
- Truly Green Solutions
- Universal Lighting Technologies
- U.S. General Services Administration
- ZLED Lighting
Ray Kasmark, NLB Chairman, said, “We believe that quality lighting inside of the tents will increase throughput while improving the safety and comfort during the testing process.”
Across the country, Americans are literally shining a light amid the darkness of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nearly three months after Christmas, people practicing social distancing at home are putting their lights back up to help lift everyone’s spirits as the country fights through the crisis.
“What if we all put our Christmas lights back up?” Lane Grindle, a play-by-play broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers, tweeted Sunday. “Then we could get in the car and drive around and look at them. That seems like a fair social distancing activity.”
Since then many have rehung their lights and shared their handiwork on social media.
The outbreak of novel coronavirus continues to escalate and the production in China is postponing due to the epidemic, leading to expected production and supply chain delay. US-based lighting companies, Cooper Lighting Solutions and Satco, posted a notice respectively to inform their customers of the possible interruption of product supply.
Cooper Lighting Solution noted in its “Coronavirus Update” that due to travel and logistics suspensions enacted by Chinese authorities, its suppliers have not resume production yet. This delay in operations capabilities will drive an interruption in the supply chain for some products in the coming weeks.
The company said that it will try to minimize the delays and is working on prioritizing the production schedule to support its customers as best as it can. Meanwhile, Cooper Lighting also indicated that it will increase capabilities of its manufacturing facilities in North America with local components and materials.
Satco also sent a letter to its customers elaborating the on-going situation in China due to the coronavirus outbreak. Since employees traveling back to work from other area will remain in quarantine for 14 days under the government’s supervision even when factories resume production, lack of work force is foreseen.
Satco indicated that it has significant stock levels in its domestic warehouses and is working with its supplier to ship high priority items first. However, the company still anticipated impacts on the supply chain and will take measure to ensure return to normal inventory levels.