When finally it came time for the City of Monrovia, California, to build its
new public library after more than a decade of funding difficulties, it chose
to have an environmentally-friendly and sustainable building and adjoining park
that is certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
The 28,000-square-foot library was officially opened in May 2009, boasting,
among other green technologies: recycled steel, energy-efficient cooling and
heating, cork flooring, carpets with up to 49% pre-consumer recycle content,
paints and sealants with low or no volatile organic compounds, recyclable furniture,
touch-free faucets and waterless urinals.
One of the more notable decisions that the city council took with the aim
of energy efficiency was its approach to lighting strategies. While in the
interior of the library natural lighting is used in combination with lighting
fixtures that use Compact Fluorescent Lights, the city chose to utilize Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs in the fixtures on the exterior pathways
surrounding the library and in its re-make of Library Park.
For this project, 150-watt globe bulbs were replaced by 28 LEDtronics 27-watt,
high-power LED30MH-600-XPW-001 LED bulbs, which the city estimates will last
three times longer and greatly reduce energy costs. A total of 27 watts for
the LEDtronics lamp represents a reduction of 150 watts of energy from the
standard 150W HID lamp and 25 to 35W standard transformers.
The city’s department of public works first tested the LEDtronics bulbs
in one of its maintenance yards. Seeing the multiple advantages of using
LED bulbs, the city now is considering expanding their use beyond the library
park and in several of its streets and public walkways.
28 units of LEDtronics LED30MH-600-XPW-001 high-power LED bulb for acorn-style street & walkway lamps
The Product Used: LED30MH-600-XPW-001