Mar 15, 2017: Revolution Lighting Technologies, a leader in advanced LED lighting technology solutions, today announced that it has recently secured a philanthropic partnership with Mercy Ships, a global charity with hospital ships that provide free lifesaving surgeries for people where medical care is nearly non-existent.
As part of the partnership, Revolution Lighting, an executive partner of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), will make available for sale its industry leading LED lighting solutions to CLIA Cruise Line Members. Throughout 2017, as a portion of its sales to CLIA members, the Company will donate its high efficiency LED lighting products to Mercy Ships, for the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, providing free state-of-the-art care to those in desperate need.
With 50% of Africa’s population having no access to medical care, each year the Africa Mercy delivers free, world-class healthcare services through the generous support of more than 1,000 volunteering crew and medical professionals from across 40 nations. For nearly 40 years, Mercy Ships has provided services through its state-of-the-art facilities, directly impacting more than 2.5 million children and families across 70 countries.
Revolution Lighting’s new partnership with CLIA and Mercy Ships provides a unique opportunity to install its high efficiency LED solutions throughout the Africa Mercy, providing 60% greater efficiency versus conventional, glass based, fluorescent lighting. The Company’s LED products offer a lightweight, all plastic, shatterproof solution that delivers superior light output, significantly enhancing visibility and safety for the vessel’s volunteer crew and medical staff. Combined with a 70,000-hour lamp life, the donation of Revolution Lighting’s LED solutions will allow Mercy Ships to reallocate critical funds and operational attention to where it matters, savings lives.
“We are proud of our new partnership, providing safe, high performance LED lighting technologies for CLIA members, while supporting the advancement of Mercy Ship’s incredible efforts throughout Africa, providing critical medical, dental and education services to those in need,” said Robert V. LaPenta, CEO and Chairman of Revolution Lighting. “We look forward to continuing our work with both organizations and to being a trusted supplier of LED technologies to the entire maritime industry.”
“This partnership will provide Mercy Ships with yet another efficient tool to continue our work and focus our resources on providing free surgeries in Africa. We are grateful for this partnership, which will be very helpful as we extend our services to some of the world’s most challenged regions,” stated Russ Holmes, Director of Development/Corporate Relations for Mercy Ships
Through CLIA’s Executive Partner Program, Revolution Lighting has access to CLIA’s Cruise Line Members, which represent more than 400 cruise ships across the globe. Cruise ships generate electricity through their engines, producing kilowatts that are converted to electricity and used to power electronic systems throughout a ship. Cruise ships can benefit from LED lighting as it uses less energy and produces less heat, reducing the demand for air conditioning and electricity, combined with superior lamp life to significantly reduce long-term operational and maintenance costs. Revolution Lighting’s LED tube technologies are ideal for use on these types of large maritime vessels, most recently receiving a military certification for its two (2) foot T8 LED tube for use in the U.S. Navy fleet.