Lightning is a dramatic, often wonderful spectacle and quite lovely to behold, but it could also prove lethal and damaging to sensitive equipment. Getting the right surge protection or lightning protection devices can save your hardware and equipment.
Lightning is discharged in an electrically-charged storm; the flashing bolt you see is an electrical discharge that occurs between regions of positive and negative electrical charges in the atmosphere.
State-of-the-art surge technology has advanced to the point where it is possible to identify and avert surges and has now evolved into a precise science.
Furthermore, unsurprisingly, insurance service providers are insistent that consumers install surge protection against surges to avoid unnecessary damage to expensive computers as well as other sensitive equipment.
Even though direct lightning strikes are responsible for a very small percentage of actual damage incurred to electrical and other sensitive systems, the main damage is actually caused by inductive coupling and probable ground differences.
It is imperative that consumers pay special attention to earth installation and the fitting of surge protection and lightning protection devices in South Africa.
A surge or lightning protection device prevents damage to electrical equipment from over-voltage transient events by blocking or redirecting surge current to the ground instead of passing through the equipment. Surge protection is connected to a conductor on the line side of equipment.
When a sudden increase in voltage occurs, such as from a lightning strike or damage to a power line, a surge protector detects the excess current and safely diverts it through the house’s grounding path.
Benjamin Franklin conducted the very first experiment using a kite and key in the early 1700’s.
As a result of that specific experiment, the lightning rod was born.
Today lightning rods are still being used as a form of lightning protection although much more scientifically-formulated methods are utilised to protect structures and property from destructive lightning strikes.
Take note that a lightning rod is no fool proof method of steering lightning away from structures.
Newer technologies including the CTS – otherwise known as the Charge Transfer System which has been created to prevent lightning from developing in an area of protection.
This new method averts the formation of lightning strikes in a designated area instead of the collection of them – this is particularly significant for producers of oil and gas where midstream storage tanks are warehoused.
Highly combustible areas, in particular, need sufficient lightning protection with the application of high-tech protection that will prevent huge costs and massive damage.
All of our jobs on lightning protection and earthing systems is handled by expert electricians who are qualified for lightning protection and earthing systems services and can supply you with a competitive quote for lightning protection and earthing systems.