Down Aisle warehouse lighting in a catwalk system

Warehouse Lighting Systems

Ensure that employees can easily locate products and navigate the system safely.

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Learn about warehouse Lighting

Warehouse lighting can be placed either within or above a rack system. Having proper lighting ensures that employees can easily locate products and safely navigate the system.

We work with end users, manufacturers, dealers, and contractors to provide a safe, compliant material handling system.

RCS is a woman owned and operated, WBE certified company that provides full project management of warehouse lighting systems, including in-rack, ceiling, and exit/emergency lighting.

We use high quality lighting that is especially effective in a warehouse environment.

RCS Warehouse Lighting System
System Services

RCS is a team of experts that thoroughly understand the requirements of warehouse lighting systems. We ensure this complex process runs smoothly so that your material handling system can be completed on time.

We provide full project management of high bay, in-rack, and exit/emergency lighting for all types of rack systems, including multi-level rack systems. This includes identifying lighting placement as well as electrical and lighting installation.

01 Lighting System Evaluation and Permitting Support

02 Lighting System Procurement and Installation

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Types of Warehouse Lighting Systems

RCS offers high bay lighting, in-rack lighting, and exit/emergency lighting.

High Bay Lighting

High bay lighting is mounted to the ceiling. These are typically channels of LED lighting. Oftentimes, we’ll attach high bay lighting on a chain so that it can hang down to better illuminate the aisles below.

High bay lighting is typically installed on the ceiling directly above each aisle. This ensures that the lighting will not get ‘drowned out’ by products before reaching the floor level.

In-Rack Lighting

In-rack lighting is essential for multi-level material handling systems. It ensures employees can adequately navigate a dense multi-level system. However, there are applications for in-rack lighting within a traditional rack system.

RCS uses LED channels for in-rack lighting that are tailored to this dense space. These channels are typically installed on the grating above all main aisles and catwalk aisles.

Lighting inside a racking system

Exit and Emergency Lighting

Exit and emergency lighting is an essential part of the life safety requirements for a warehouse. For example, if power is lost due to weather or other hazards, employees must be able to exit the warehouse quickly and safely.

RCS provides all exit and emergency lighting necessary within a warehouse. We will identify all exit and emergency lighting required through our evaluations.

Warehouse Lighting Activation Options

There are several options available for
activation of high bay and in-rack lighting.

01 Motion and Heat Sensors

02 Traditional Switches

03 Push Button Timer

We provide our lighting services for all types of rack systems

Including selective rack, gravity flow rack, push back rack, drive-in rack, and multi-level systems.

For existing buildings

we project manage the reconfiguration of your lighting system and add-on where needed.

For new buildings

we work with all necessary parties to ensure that lighting and switches are placed ideally for the material handling system.

Warehouse Lighting
with RCS it’s easy

01 Step One

An RCS expert will determine where all lighting should be located based on CADD drawings of your warehouse and material handling system.

We will provide this information to all applicable parties to have this included in the CADD drawings.

02 Step Two

If desired, we will provide a full life safety evaluation to determine if a high pile storage permit is required. If required, we can provide a high pile storage drawing containing all life safety information, including exit and emergency lighting information. This is then submitted to the municipality for approval.

03 Step Three

Once all drawings are completed and all required permits are obtained, RCS engineers will source lighting from our network of approved vendors based on requirements and cost. We’ll work with all necessary parties to install these.

RCS is a team of experts who
are well versed warehouse lighting integration


Combined years of experience project managing material handling systems


Combined years of experience engineering material handling systems


Combined years of experience implementing material handling system safety regulations

Case Studies and Articles

Close up of sprinkler head in a warehouse catwalk system

How Do Fire Sprinklers Work: Each Part Explained 

Fire sprinklers are an essential part to keeping your facility safe. Check out our guide that explains how sprinklers work, their different parts, and how to make sure you are code compliant.

Warehouse catwalk system with in-rack lighting and sprinklers

Working with a Systems Integrator on Catwalk Racking Project

A material handling systems integrator hired RCS as a subcontractor to help with several aspects of their catwalk rack project. These include lighting, sprinklers, rack installation, and permitting support. Read how RCS worked with the integrator to streamline their project.

Pallet racking with arrows depicting transverse flue spaces

Flue Spaces 101: A Guide to the Different Types & Benefits

Don’t let flue spaces go overlooked in your building design. Check out our guide that explains the different types of flue spaces and their benefits for fire safety.

Lighting and Fan Relocation

Contributing Authors: Lori Palmer and Joe Kane Concern: Problematic lighting and fan placement in existing warehouse An IT company was working with a material handling systems integrator to build a new selective rack system. The system would hold pallets of IT equipment that is used to replenish the company’s data centers. The selective rack system […]

Frequently Asked Questions

Are You in Need of Warehouse Lighting?

RCS provides full project management of high bay, in-rack, and exit/emergency lighting systems for warehouses. We offer all types of lighting, including energy-efficient sensor lighting.

Contact RCS for more information. We work with end users, manufacturers, dealers, and contractors.

Our team will be happy to help you better understand our services and provide you with a quote.

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