Data Center Lighting Design
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What Goes Into Successful Data Center Lighting Design?
A data center is unique in terms of layouts. Understanding the layout, location, heights of computer racks, ceiling heights, existing lights (if any) and anything else that’s unique about the environment, plays a crucial role in creating a lighting plan.
Racks of computers can impede lighting from creating a more universal light coverage. This is a similar problem found in many warehouses with rows of racking. Designing all obstructions into the plan ensures the light in the rows between computer racks meets the lighting requirements of the data center.
What Is the Ideal Data Center Lighting Layout?
The ideal layout is one that provides a uniform light coverage and provides an adequate amount of light to support the work required and safety of your workers.
What Are the Recommended Data Center Light Levels?
Data centers are unique in that many of the times the space is inhabited, so it makes sense to use motion sensing lights in the space. However, it’s not an area that requires super bright lighting, which means a reasonable light level of 30-40 foot candles should be enough, unless there is a specific need for brighter lighting.
Is Heat Dispersion Taken Into Account for Data Center Lighting Design?
There are two aspects to heat. The first is the amount of heat generated by the lighting that adds to the overall HVAC load. Fortunately, LED is one of the best lights for this issue, as it generates very little heat. The second is the ambient temperature at light install levels, and whether it will affect the lifespan of the chosen fixture based on that fixture’s operating temperature specifications. If heat is an issue, it should be identified in the specifications so that we can choose a fixture that has a higher tolerance to temperatures.