Recent research has found that data centers can reduce energy consumption by up to 40% just by applying energy-efficiency measures and strategies. More specifically, data centers can improve their power usage effectiveness (PUE) by up to 25% with energy-efficient LED lighting paired with sophisticated controls and sensors.
“Not only are many existing data center lighting configurations inefficient, they also tend to lack in customization and controls. This is where our new controls and sensor-ready LED fixtures can make a substantial difference,” says Jerry Caroom, CEO at XtraLight, a commercial LED light fixture manufacturer.
The company makes “Follow Me Lighting” applications to help reduce energy consumption in data centers. Specifically, fixtures with these occupancy controls incorporate sensors that automatically turn lights on when a person enters the space, and automatically shuts off or dims them when they leave. This ensures that only active areas are lit, thus reducing energy usage.
Other facilities have recently turned to LED lighting to reduce energy usage. In March, the Department of Energy installed 33,000 LEDs throughout its headquarters in Washington, D.C. in hopes of cutting energy use by 45%.
And last month, a report by The Future of Corporate Real Estate, said LED lighting can reduce energy costs by as much as 80% and environmentally friendly office spaces can often times demand higher rents.