Data Center Lighting

Data Centers

The data center is at the core of the service, storage and data processing of an enterprise. The growth in data centers runs against the ongoing need to secure our IT protection systems. Citra LEDs are designed to last on a variety of different levels, from the general design and materials used to maintain the consistency and durability of the lighting.

Fluorescent lighting is unreliable; likely to flicker, be hot, buzz and crash, particularly with 24 hour lights. Citra’s LED lighting for data centers has many advantages including immediate energy savings of up to 80%, instant illumination without warm-up, flicker-free light efficiency, color option of daylight, natural or warm, plus LED lighting is cooler to operate, making them suitable for these hot, data-critical environments.

Citra’s LED lights are critical to the lifetime and quality consistency, as most data center managers can expect a certain light output for a pre-specified period of time. That is another problem, as many fluorescents begin to lose their brightness after just a quarter of their lifetime, losing about thirty percent of their lumen maintenance overall. On the other hand, Citra’s LEDs feature strong lumen maintenance, meaning that only a small amount of the output is lost over time, offering a longer lasting lighting solution for the maintenance staff.

Lighting Retrofits

Design

Compared to their legacy incandescent or fluorescent network, data center administrators realize there are several benefits of using Citra’s LED lighting. Citra’s LED designs save electricity, reduce data center heat, reduce maintenance costs, lower temperatures and enhance health.

The introduction of sensors to LED lighting enables switching off or dimming lights when no one is in the room. When someone enters the room, lights will come on and turn off when there is no occupancy. This design and strategy for lighting will optimize efficiency. The dimming of fluorescent lamps and turning them on and off decreases output and life span. Controlled LED lighting can reduce server inlet temperatures by 2 to 3 degrees in a data centre. This alone will greatly reduce the costs of cooling. Another major benefit is that only every 10 years LED lights need to be changed which reduces maintenance costs and disruption, particularly in restricted aisles.

Energy

Citra’s LED and IoT technology provides facilities and energy managers with the ultimate solution, allowing them to wirelessly track, automate and manage lighting from a single dashboard inside a data center. For maximum energy savings, Citra’s technology allows you to pre-set your lighting to low to use less energy and configure it to turn on when presence is detected. Unplanned data center outages are expensive, and downtime costs are on the rise, according to a new report. The estimated cost of unplanned downtime now is $7K every minute. Citra LED technology is ideal for data-critical environments where a fault is detected on a server. The lighting can be chosen to illuminate the path to the server, speed the response time while saving energy.

Existing fluorescents are a waste of energy, time and money in most data centres, especially with new developments in LED technologies making them redundant. A single, full Citra LED retrofit of existing fluorescent lighting is capable of raising the lighting energy consumption of a building by 40 to 65%. LEDs are dimmable at 100%, use less energy and emit less heat. Although lighting in a data center uses a small fraction of the electricity, it affects the costs of cooling. HVAC systems can use nearly half of the energy in data centers. The power used in a data center by cooling systems is second to the main equipment of the data center. Because many of these facilities need constant lighting for the protection of the workers, choosing Citra’s LED technology as a solution that substantially minimizes the use of lighting will help to save on overall energy costs.

Controls

In data centers, lighting can only be a small portion of energy usage, but it can have a huge effect on reducing the costs and resources used for one of the larger resources sinks inside such facilities-cooling. HVAC falls marginally behind appliances in terms of total energy usage within a typical data center, accounting for about half of energy use. It provides a huge opportunity to save money for data centers that want to turn to Citra’s LEDs.

Although we know that cooling is mainly used to mitigate the heat produced by the machines, HVAC systems do have to combat the heat created by the lighting, which needs to be continuously on for safety purposes in many installations. To maintain the necessary temperature, switching to Citra’s LEDs will help to minimize the amount of heat produced by the lighting of the building, meaning less electricity, and more savings. Our LEDs can give data centers a simple solution which, in effect, will allow you and your workers to be as effective as possible, maximizing time, resources and maintenance efforts.

Ambient Intelligence  (IoT)

Citra’s IoT strategy offers a structure for collecting and using this data to boost reliability and performance as well as allow for automation. Our system can also produce enormous amounts of data that need to be distributed, processed, and stored, allowing continuous monitoring to improve management. Data center hardware—whether it’s servers, control units or thermal management systems—continuously produce useful data on equipment status, control usage, temperature and other parameters that can be used to optimize system and facility level operations.

Citra’s IoT framework, specifically developed for the data center, is now available to allow for genuine, real-time, automated monitoring, access and control through IT and facility systems. Gateways aggregate data from different devices using various protocols to enable unified control of data centres. Intelligent system controllers and management gateways use real time device data, visualized through a centralized management system, to automate interdependent systems based on changing circumstances and data center ability. With no growing risk, Citra’s IoT systems can be handled efficiently as part of a user-friendly private or hybrid dashboard.

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