Paving the Way for a Brighter Future in Portable Lighting 

STERLING, VIRGINIA, December 1, 2023 – Blue Vigil, a pioneering startup based in Sterling, Virginia, is thrilled to be the Overall Winner of the 2023 Loudoun County Innovation Challenge. Their revolutionary portable lighting product, the ALED, which utilizes tethered drone technology to redefine the delivery of lighting for safer and more productive nighttime construction and emergency scenes, showcases Blue Vigil’s product development expertise. 

The ALED represents a groundbreaking advancement in the portable lighting industry, offering unparalleled benefits compared to conventional light towers. It creates a vast and evenly distributed light field by positioning a high-intensity LED array 50′-100′ directly above a job site. This innovative technology effectively doubles the size of the illuminated area while eliminating hazardous glare and shadows, significantly enhancing safety and productivity. 

Blue Vigil’s CEO, Rob Schumann, expressed his excitement, stating, “We are honored to be recognized by the Loudoun County Innovation Challenge judging panel. This victory underscores the game-changing potential of the ALED in the $4.5 billion per year portable light tower market. Our small but incredibly talented team is committed to delivering cutting-edge solutions that transform industries and improve lives.” 

The ALED’s impact extends beyond innovation, the company’s advanced manufacturing capabilities, based in Loudoun County, are set to bring further economic growth and innovation to the region. Loudoun County’s commitment to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship aligns perfectly with Blue Vigil’s mission to reshape the future of portable lighting. With this win, the company is poised to attract the attention of potential investors who share their vision for a brighter, more sustainable future. 

As Blue Vigil continues to advance the development and deployment of the ALED, the company is actively seeking strategic partnerships and investments to scale its operations and bring this transformative technology to job sites worldwide. 

For more information about Blue Vigil and the ALED, please visit 


About Blue Vigil: 

Blue Vigil is a Sterling, Virginia-based startup that specializes in groundbreaking portable lighting solutions. With a commitment to innovation and safety, Blue Vigil has developed the ALED, a tethered drone technology that redefines job site illumination. The ALED offers unmatched light field size and quality along with unparalleled portability to ultimately revolutionize the portable light tower market. 


Media and Investor Contact: 

Carl Miller
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