GE Lighting recently donated more than 15,000 LED light bulbs to the Chattanooga Furniture Bank, which is a Goodwill Industries program.

“Our LED technology is always changing, and sometimes we end up with a surplus of our older models in our distribution centers,” GE Lighting public affairs manager Andrea Vullo said.

Vullo said that there was a surplus in GE’s Charleston, Tennessee, distribution center, so she began looking for locations in the area that could use those light bulbs. A co-worker told her about the Chattanooga Furniture Bank.


“This is one way that GE Lighting is working to build stronger communities in the places we live and work,” Vullo said.

The furniture bank provides furniture and household items to people transitioning from homelessness, establishing a first-time residence or relocating because of an emergency situation, according to a news release.

Leaders at the furniture bank will give the LEDs to the community when they come to pick up furniture.

“We are giving them out to families, individuals and veterans that come through our program to help them with energy bills,” Chattanooga Furniture Bank Associate Director Danny Ayala said.

LED light bulbs can last more than 10 years and use 70-90 percent less energy than traditional lighting.

For more information about the Chattanooga Furniture Bank, click here.

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Eric Wise is a contributing writer. He is currently attending UTC, where he is a staff writer for the school newspaper, The University Echo. He also serves as the alumni relations chairman for his fraternity.