National Park Service Centennial

2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. As manager of nearly 80 million acres of land in parks and monuments, the Park Service understands the role of lightning in the natural environment. In many instances, lightning fires in wild areas are allowed to burn as part of the natural eco-cycle. However, the Park… Read more »

Happy Fourth of July from ECLE

ECLE will be closed on Monday, July 4th, so our staff can celebrate Independence Day with our families and friends. While picnics, parades, and pyrotechnics are pleasurable, let’s pause to consider what is really worth celebrating:

Protecting a Landmark

Benjamin Franklin did his seminal work on lightning protection while living in Philadelphia, so it’s no surprise that the Philadelphia Museum of Art honors its hometown hero with artworks in its collection. The first hangs on a Museum wall — the iconic painting of Franklin’s kite-flying experiment. The second is on its roof — a… Read more »

Zaha Hadid, Architect

Since Zaha Hadid, one of the most celebrated architects of our time, died in March, many people have reflected on her bold and innovative designs. We would like to add one more tribute; she was able to integrate even small details into her projects without detracting from her grand schemes. This is evident in how… Read more »

Lightning in Winter? Yes!

Lightning is a year-round threat, as these news items from the past winter remind us. Thundersnow can move across wide storm fronts. “A storm packing blizzard-like conditions, as well as lightning strikes, was expected to deposit several inches of snow… Reports indicated that residents were waking up to a nasty brew of heavy snow, fierce… Read more »

Damage Caused by Single Lightning Storm

Consider the extent of damage caused by just a single lightning storm: Knocked out power to a major international airport, causing flights to be rerouted or delayed. Set a house on fire and caused a tree branch to fall on another. Ignited trees in residential neighborhoods. Caused a traffic signal failure. Closed freeways by toppling… Read more »

Safety Devices Depend on Lightning Protection

Building codes require ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) on every electrical outlet near plumbing fixtures or wet areas to protect against electrocutions. But before a GFCI can protect you, it may need protection against lightening. According to Occupational Health & Safety magazine: “Built into the [GFCI] is a metal oxide varistor (MOV) used as a surge… Read more »

Training Program for Lightning Protection Professionals

East Coast Lightning Equipment (ECLE) recently hosted approximately 60 lightning protection professionals for two days of training in the most recent developments in their field. Jennifer Morgan, a director of ECLE, explains, “There have been many exciting advances in lightning protection during the past few years. The meeting provided an opportunity for lightning protection designers… Read more »

Visit Us At Buildings-NY Exhibition

East Coast Lightning Equipment will be in Booth 931 at the BuildingsNY Exhibition on May 24 and 25, 2016 at the Javits Center, New York City. BuildingsNY is sponsored by ABO (Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York) CHIP (Community Housing Improvement Program) BOMA (Building Owners & Managers Association) & AIA (American Institute of… Read more »

Architects Forecast Greater Need for Lightning Protection

The recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey asked more than 500 residential architects what they thought would be the most significant home design elements over the next ten years. Number Three on the Top Ten list of predictions is: “Growing demand for design strategies that strengthen homes against natural disasters including… Read more »