Data Centres - CBRE Norland Managed Services

Data Centres - CBRE Norland Managed Services

Data Centres - CBRE Norland Managed Services

Data Centres - CBRE Norland Managed Services

CBRE Norland Managed Services partnered with Waveguide Lighting Technologies to provide innovative LED lighting solutions for data centre operations. 

Key Benefits:

  • Energy savings of up to 85% and equivalent reduction in Co2 emissions.

  • Use of intelligent controls to further maximise savings in a 24 hour/day operation.

  • Benign drive currents generate very little heat at the LED/PCB junction, achieving very high efficacies and LED extended lifetimes. 

  • High-quality light uniformity, 5000-5700 Kelvin colour and 80 CRI – significantly enhance the working environment.

  • Occupation health standards are met – no flicker or hum.

  • Low maintenance for the lifetime of the product.

The Objective:

A global IT solutions provider needed a new lighting solution to help dramatically reduce energy costs across one of its data centres. 
At the same time the new lighting solution needed to improve overall levels of light, particularly in terms of light quality, colour, CRI and uniformity. The chosen solution also needed to reduce overall maintenance associated with the data centre’s lighting, particularly in high-security areas such as the COLOs and Main Distribution Facility.

The Solution:

CBRE Norland Managed Services approached Waveguide Technologies to provide an effective lighting solution for the data centre using their ultra-low energy luminaires and ability to design bespoke precision lighting solutions.
By utilising our End Lit Rod technology, Waveguide were able to design a lighting scheme that dramatically reduced the number of fixtures whilst offering higher levels of uniformity in a number of areas including the COLO’s, offices, corridors, stairwells, high-value storage areas and the external carpark. The expert design team at Waveguide also removed existing fittings from hard to reach, high-risk areas within the CO-LOs and MDF.

In total 1044 Waveguide fittings replaced 1641 fittings (a 36% reduction in the number of fittings). This meant that the load was reduced from 193kw to just 49.5kw – an absolute energy saving of 74%. With the integration of PIR sensors in those areas where lights are on 24 hours a day, energy savings will be in excess of 85%.
Lux levels, CRI and light uniformity in all areas across the project were improved. At the same time, the proposed fixtures offered a useful LED lifetime of 109,000 hours meaning that the fixtures will operate maintenance-free for their entire lifetime (almost 12.5 years for a 24/7/365 operation). This lifetime is backed up by a 10 warranty meaning that Waveguide take full responsibility for the lights, and the client enjoys all the benefits of a maintenance-free solution.
In the stairwell areas, the new luminaires were individually fitted with a PIR sensor set to 25% until activated to 100% by staff entering the area. This means there is always light present on the stairwells and energy savings in those areas are increased by over 80%.


All of the project objectives were achieved:

  • 85% energy savings and associated carbon reduction.
  • 36% less light fittings installed.
  • Light quality – exceptional light levels, uniformity, colour and CRI have been achieved
  • The installation has received positive feedback from staff in terms of improving their working environment.
  • The products’ long life and high reliability, backed up with the warranty means that the client can enjoy these benefits with full peace of mind for the next decade.


We are delighted with Waveguide’s lighting scheme and the wealth of benefits that Waveguide's new fittings have delivered for our data centre client. At CBRE Norland Managed Services we pride ourselves on providing a full suite of facilities, energy and project management services.  Norland’s strategy to deliver exceptional service to our customers is hugely dependent on the capability and delivery of our supply partners. 
Waveguide Lighting Technologies share our passion for quality and service, which are essential values when meeting the demands of a business-critical 24 hour/day data centre operation. 

Darren Rennie, CBRE Norland Managed Services


Industrial, Electrical, Lighting
CBRE Norland Managed Services