The National Lighting Bureau (NLB) has delivered several thousand incandescent light bulbs to the American Porphyria Foundation (APF) for our CEP community. With an initial goal of 500 bulbs, the NLB was able to nearly easily surpass this, with donations from LEDVANCE, Imperial Lighting Maintenance, Signify, SATCO, and Lambda 530 Consulting, and GE Lighting.
Congenital Erythropoietic Porphyria (CEP) causes extreme photosensitivity to light. Individuals with CEP develop acutely painful scars and blisters if exposed to sunlight or artificial light. Incandescent bulbs emit less short wavelength blue light than other types of bulbs and they can also be easily dimmed so that only longer wavelength green, yellow and red light is emitted — virtually eliminating the wavelengths that damage patients’ skin. Sadly, these bulbs are virtually impossible to find.
APF Executive Director, Kristen Wheeden reached out to Randy Reid, Executive Director of the NLB, to request the bulb donations. “The NLB has a rich tradition of working with many organizations,” said Reid, “we were honored that the APF called us for assistance and that our industry quickly stepped up to assist.”
Reid reached out to the NLB’s members, and word quickly spread. In less than a week, the NLB had collected 1,200 incandescent light bulbs for the cause. Then GE Lighting joined the cause and offered a tremendous donation.
Our deepest thanks goes out to the NLB for their generous donation and support of Porphyria.
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