Daylight Hour 2015

Lower the lights for one hour.
Raise Awareness. 
Transform the conversation.

Queens Library is participating in Daylight Hour.  On Friday, June 19, seventeen community libraries will shut off their lights for 1 hour from 12 - 1 pm. 

Using daylight in your office reduces emissions, improves well-being and saves money. Most offices have their lights on even when they are not needed. Spaces near exterior walls often receive enough daylight to work by, without the aid of electric lighting, but most often we leave the lights on anyway. This is a critical issue because the times when daylight is most available (workday afternoons) coincides with peak demand- the time when our business districts are demanding the most energy from the grid. A recent study, found that owners and tenants in New York City alone could save $70 million every year by introducing daylight responsive lighting systems.

At the same time, balanced day-lit spaces are often the most pleasant to spend time in, and studies suggest these spaces promote our health and well-being, improve productivity and reduce absenteeism. A variety of lighting control systems are available that respond to the presence of daylight by reducing electric light levels- but these systems are not standard. 

Did You Know?
The City spends $660M annually on electricity services (for city government buildings) of which $2.7 M is spent for electricity services at Queens Library. The estimated average cost per hour for electricity for all 64 community libraries  $19,712. The Queens Library has committed to turning the light out at seventeen of its facilities, offering a modest savings $5,236.14.

Show Your Support on Social Media
Visit any of the following community libraries on June 19 at 12 - 1 pm. Take a picture or a selfie and share it on social media with the hashtag #DaylightHour

  • Astoria
  • Broad Channel
  • Broadway
  • Cambria Heights
  • Forest Hills
  • Jackson Heights
  • Langston Hughes
  • Long Island City
  • North Hills
  • Richmond Hill
  • Ridgewood
  • Rosedale
  • South Hollis
  • South Jamaica
  • Sunnyside
  • Woodhaven