How the slowdown of the Supply Chain affects your project


Over the last year, there has been quite a disruption in the lighting supply chain. A lighting fixture is manufactured with dozens of components. Remember a lighting manufacturer has to have all of the components shipped to their facility to they can assemble the fixture. Each one of these components has had their own issues due to Covid. A lot of LED fixtures are made from various types of metals. According to Trading Economics, the costs of metals including copper and aluminum have gone up substantially over the last year. 



Freight costs have increased while the average time to delivery has gotten longer. And due to factory closures last year, all of the raw materials that go into a new LED fixture are taking longer to produce and ship.   

So what does that mean for your project? It means if you are planning to do a lighting installation later this year, you better start now. Fixture availability and deliveries are taking longer. Prices are going up and for most products, you may not be able to get them this year at all. In addition, a lot of rebate programs are changing and there are some tax incentives that are now permanent that can potentially cut your break-even in half.   


If you need help evaluating your project and want to get a head start on the process so you can successfully install in  2021, contact us now at, so we can help you with the proper planning and analysis.  

David Etzler, LC

David, LC, LEED GA, is a pioneer in the green industry. David is Lighting Certified (LC), earning the distinction from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professional (NCQLP). The LC was created as a baseline standard for knowledge covering the entire scope of the vast lighting field. As the President of US Lighting Systems, David manages the firm’s strategy and growth, including strategic partnerships with property management firms and building owners all across the country. David came to US Lighting Systems through SIB Lighting and the acquisition of his company, HOA Energy Advisors, in May 2015. HOA Energy helped commercial properties save money on their energy bills through lighting and lighting control systems. Having retrofit and managed over 75 large projects, HOA Energy had become a leader in the industry. David is active in the Green community and shares his love of the planet with his family and friends.

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