The library is has gotten a little greener in recent weeks but it’s not from a new coat of paint.
New environmentally-friendly LED lights have been installed in the main branch’s reading area and foyer. They use 58 percent less energy than the floodlights that were there previously.
“If you were there first thing in the morning and there was a lot of sunlight coming through the windows it was fine in June and July but by mid August everyone had troubling seeing what they were reading in there,” said library director Jody Treadway. “The old lights also kept breaking and it was difficult to replace them because they were so high up.”
Someone from the town’s maintenance department would have to replace the $95 blubs. The township spent approximately $15,000 on blubs and other equipment in the last 10 years.
“Finally we just said enough is enough,” Treadway said.
Illinois-based Kenall Lighting won the project bid. The project cost more than $13,000 to complete. The LED lights are designed to last 14 years.
Sensors on the lights detect the amount of ambient luminosity in the room and adjust the lighting levels accordingly, saving energy. The lights have been installed in the main reading room up to the foyer.
“They make it easier to look for a DVD or a CD or read. You don’t have to worry about casting a shadow over what you’re trying to see,” Treadway said. “All the feedback from the staff has been positive. We’re hoping we don’t have to touch them for 14 years.”