Data Center Lighting
Data Center Lighting
Replacing fluorescent lighting in your data center to LED has many advantages. No more flickering, strobing or humming lights. Add motion sensors to your Data Center Lighting when the rooms are empty. And reduce energy savings, maintenance costs with reduce HVAC loads all by converting your existing fixtures into LED.
Frequently Asked Questions
We asked our new and existing customers the questions they wish they had answered before converting their data center over to LED. If you cannot find the answers you are looking for, please call (888) 423-3191 and a dedicated lighting expert will help you find the right solution.
Before you buy
Fixtures and Fittings
What Is the Ideal Data Center Lighting Level?
Data center lighting is different from traditional office lighting. There are times when the servers are being worked on, moved, or wired, when bright lighting is required (50 foot candles is ideal).
And then there are times when the center is empty and only a few lights need to be turned or left on. Adding motion sensors to data center lighting is a great way to achieve both conditions.
Are There Any Requirements for Lighting a Data Center?
The general consensus is that occupied or data centers that have people working inside the server rooms require 50 foot candles, and then less when they’re empty.
If security cameras are being used, then it's best to understand what the requirements are for empty periods so the security cameras still work effectively.
Is It Better to Retrofit Existing Lights or Use New Fixtures in a Data Center?
It depends on the type of fixtures being used. Data center lighting tends to be fluorescent lights. Fluorescent lights can easily be retrofitted with LED tubes or magnetic strips, or replaced entirely with LED panels. There’s really no clear cut best choice, only what is a good choice for you.
What Are the Expected Energy Savings When Switching to LED Lighting in a Data Center?
You can expect savings of at least 50% or more if motion sensors and dimming are used.
BEFORE YOU BUY
Will Your LED Lights Add Additional Heat to a Data Center?
They will, but a lot less than fluorescent lights. LED lights are very efficient, but they do produce a little heat. However, you can expect HVAC savings as well when you convert over to LED.
I Don’t Need as Much Light on the Servers as I Do in the Hallways. How Do I Determine the Best Fixture for Each Part of the Facility?
We’d be happy to create a lighting plan for you. We have done this for many data centers, and can provide you with a roadmap of LED lighting before you purchase any lights.
FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
Do Your Fixtures Work with Lighting Controls?
They do, they work with motion sensors to dim the lights when no movement is detected after a specific period of time.
Do Your Fixtures Have the Option for a Motion Sensor or Timer?
Timers are typically wall mounted and part of the circuit. They are typically on/off controls, and our lights work perfectly with them. We also have lights with built in motion sensors or you can also use a circuit based motion sensor.
How Do You Install a Motion Sensor on Lights for a Data Center?
Some of our lights already have them installed, so there really isn’t anything for you to do.
How Long Will New Lights Last After Installation?
There is no reason to think the lights won’t last 10+ years or more.
What Is the Best Way to Mount Lights in a Data Center?
The lights are usually mounted on the ceiling. They are either in a ceiling grid or are surface mounted to the ceiling. Discuss your requirements and environment with us and we can recommend the best options for your needs.
By starting with a Lighting Plan, you can take away all the risk and guess work about how your data center is going to look after you convert to LED. Lighting Plans will provide foot candle measurements as well as give you an indicator how balanced the light is across the space.