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Frequently Asked Questions
We asked our customers questions they had about Data Center Lighting. If you cannot find the answers you are looking for, please call (888) 423-3191. A dedicated lighting expert will help you find the right solution.
General Information About Data Center LED Lighting
What Is the Ideal Data Center Lighting Level?
Datacenter lighting is different from traditional office lighting. There are times when the servers are being worked on, moved, or wired. This is when you’ll want brighter lighting (50-foot candles are ideal).
And then there are times when the center is empty and only new a few lights are left on. Adding motion sensors to data center lights is a great way to achieve both conditions.
Are There Any Requirements for Lighting a Data Center?
Data centers that have people inside the server rooms require 50-foot candles, and then fewer when they’re empty.
If security cameras are being used, then it’s best to understand what the requirements are when the lights dim. This is so the security cameras still work.
Is It Better to Retrofit Existing Lights or Use New LED lights for data center conversions?
It depends on the type of fixtures used. Datacenter lighting tends to be fluorescent lights. You can retrofit fluorescent lights with LED tubes or magnetic strips. Or you can replace them 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 A Data Center Lighting System?
You can expect savings of at least 50% or more if you use motion sensors and dimming.
Before You Buy: Data Center LED Lighting
What Color Temperature Is Best in a Data Center?
We recommend either 4000K or 5000K. We do have color-adjustable LED panels that allow you to choose after installation. So you can choose the right color temperature and light levels using the supplied remote control.
What Type of Panel Would You Recommend for My Space?
Do Your Fixtures Have the Option for a Motion Sensor or Timer?
Timers are wall-mounted and part of the circuit. They are on/off controls, and our lights work with them. We also have lights with built-in motion sensors or you can also use a circuit-based motion sensor.
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 buy any lights.
Will Your LED Lights Add 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. You can expect HVAC savings as well when you convert over to LED.
Does Your LED Data Center Lighting Work with Lighting Controls?
They do, they work with motion sensors to dim the lights when no movement’s detected.
Installation Information On Data Center LED Lighting
How Do You Install a Motion Sensor on Lights for a Data Center?
Some of our lights already have them installed, so there 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. We can recommend the best options for your needs.