LED Lighting Needs Lightning Protection

60_LED_3W_Spot_Light_eq_25WIn a recent statement, Osram, a leading producer of LED lamps, discusses the economic benefits of LEDs, then warns, “lightning strikes can endanger the complete exploitation of such economic advantages. As LED modules are run with lower voltage levels they may be damaged from overvoltage, and this danger has increased in past years – the UN Climate Council has identified increasing levels of lightning worldwide in its fifth assessment report (IPCC14)… Overvoltage though does not automatically mean the immediate failure of a LED module, but causes at least premature ageing and therefore shorter operating durations, this having consequences for the operator in terms of costs.”

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