Perry Public Library lets the sunshine in with LED lights

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Brian Eiteman of the Perry Public Works Department, center, switched out the fluorescent lights over the Perry Public Library circulation desk Wednesday with new LED lights. The matching colors of Eiteman's shirt and the library's pumpkin combined with the temporarily darker desk to give the composition an autumnal hue somewhat in the style of a Norman Rockwell or Gary Ernest Smith portrait.

All 500 incandescent light bulbs in the Perry Public Library are slowly converting to energy-saving LED lights thanks to the clever combination of several sources of funding by Library Director Mary Murphy.

Murphy reported on the LED lighting project to the Perry Public Library Board at its Wednesday morning meeting and outlined the funding sources for the $15,000 project, including a $3,000 grant from the Dallas County Foundation, a rebate from Alliant Energy and back-fill funding from the city of Perry, including the city’s donated labor.

The library also used $2,000 from its capital budget as a match for the dallas County Foundation grant.

“Switching to LED will save about $5,000 a year ion electricity costs,” Murphy told the library board, “and the whole project should pay for itself in about two years.”

The McCreary Community Building at 1800 Pattee St. and the Perry Public Safety Building at 908 Willis Ave. have also switched to LED lighting in the city’s ongoing efforts toward sustainability and green infrastructure.

A light-emitting diode (LED) is a product of the late-20th-century semiconductor industry. LEDs have many advantages over incandescent light sources, including lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, improved physical robustness, smaller size and faster switching.

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Perry Public Library Director Mary Murphy, center, accepted the dallas County Foundation grant for LED lights Tuesday night from DCF Treasurer Tim Canney, left, and DCF President Susan Brelsford. The library matched the $3,000 DCF grant with $2,000 from its capital budget.

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