Shreve Memorial Library is shining a little brighter these days thanks to a grant award from the Louisiana Public Service Commission. The library was awarded a $500,000 Public Entity Energy Efficiency Program grant in December 2019 to upgrade interior and exterior lighting at library branches across the city of Shreveport. New energy-efficient lighting installations not only provide cleaner, brighter light at the library, but also help to improve safety and reduce energy costs annually.
“We were happy when Shreve Memorial Library was awarded the $500,000 grant from the Public Service Commission,” stated John Tuggle, Shreve Memorial Library Executive Director. “It was convenient to start our capital improvement program by modernizing the lighting systems in our full-time branches.”
Outdated and inefficient lighting systems at most Shreve Memorial Library full-time branches are now replaced with energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lighting systems. Interior LED lighting provides clean, consistent lighting throughout library branches, while exterior lighting illuminates the branches and covers parking lots in brighter light to improve safety. LED lighting installations have been completed at the Atkins, Cedar Grove-Line Avenue, David Raines, Hollywood/Union Avenue, Mooretown, North Caddo, North Shreveport, Wallette and West Shreveport branches, and are currently underway at the Broadmoor Branch. The Hamilton/South Caddo Branch and Main branch are also slated for LED lighting upgrades provided by the grant.
The benefits of LED lighting upgrades go beyond improved quality of lighting. “Not only do extra-bright LED bulbs create substantial extra light at ground level, but Shreve Memorial Library should see a 20% to 40% reduction in energy usage,” added Tuggle. It is estimated that the library will save 501.289 kWh per year with the new LED lighting installations.
“Because LEDs are as much as 90% more effective than incandescent light bulbs, they also have a much longer lifespan,” said Tuggle. Many LED lights have a lifespan of 50,000 hours, approximately 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs, which means the library will need to replace light bulbs much less frequently. Prior to the LED lighting installations, Shreve Memorial Library spent an average of $5,500 per year in electrical supplies such as light bulbs and ballasts as well as thousands of dollars in repair and maintenance costs for the lighting systems.
“Our maintenance employees spend 10 to 15% of their time going from building to building to replace light bulbs and ballasts,” said Susan Fortenberry, Shreve Memorial Library Chief Financial Officer. “If we free our maintenance employees from handling inefficient lighting systems, they will have more time to be proactive instead of reactive in handling maintenance issues at our full-time locations in Caddo Parish.”
“The savings from replacements and energy efficiency will save the taxpayers a substantial amount each year,” stated Tuggle. In fact, estimated annual energy savings total $52,835 per year.
Shreve Memorial Library invites patrons to visit library and see for themselves what a difference the new LED lighting makes. Full-time Shreve Memorial Library branches, with the exception of the Main Branch, are open Monday through Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.