Lighting Project Underway at APL
Your library experience is about to become brighter! The library is conducting a lighting project this fall that is replacing older incandescent and fluorescent bulbs with new high-efficiency LED fixtures.
The work is taking place through Nov. 9 and will be done with minimal disruption to everyone who uses our buildings.
Fluorescent and incandescent bulbs are being replaced with LED (light emitting diode) bulbs at six branches – Arbor Hill/West Hill, Bach, Delaware, Howe, Pine Hills, and Washington Ave. — in this grant-funded project. Our North Albany Branch facility is managed by the City School District of Albany.
- LEDs are energy- and cost-efficient, and a safe alternative to traditional bulbs.
- LEDs typically use 50% less energy than traditional lights. And when you replace old fluorescent and incandescent fixtures with LEDs, like those we have at APL, you can achieve 75% energy savings.
- LED fixtures also have a much longer lifespan. They typically last 3-5 times longer than fluorescents and up to 30 times longer than incandescents.
- LEDs are brighter than older types of bulbs. LED lights put out more lumens/light than fluorescents, 170 lumens per watt vs 110.
- LEDs are cooler, literally. They emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescents and fluorescents release about 80-90% of their energy as heat.
The lighting project supports two of our Strategic Plan goals: Sustainability (in the form of energy savings, rebates, and minimal year-over-year maintenance costs) and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (high quality lighting creates safer, more accessible spaces for patrons of all ages).