Lightning (lît’nĭng) n. The flash of light that accompanies a high-tension natural electric discharge in the atmosphere.
A lightning protection system does not attract, repel, or prevent a lightning strike. Rather, it provides specified pathways on which lightning can travel, carrying the destructive power of the lightning strike safely into the ground. Thus, a protection system leaves the structure, its contents, and its occupants unharmed.
A lightning protection system consists of numerous components that are constructed from highly-conductive copper or aluminum alloys, and that is where we come in. We develop and manufacture these components so installation specialists can effectively protect businesses and homes.
The system consists of Five elements that work together to protect a structure from lightning damage. They are:
- Air Terminals (lightning rods)
- Conductors (special braided metal cables)
- Bonding Connections to Metallic Bodies within the Structure
- Ground Terminations
- Surge Suppression
It is imperative that each of these elements is properly designed and installed to ensure effective protection. Additionally, all of the materials in a lightning protection system must be compatible with all of the metals in a structure.
Modern lightning protection systems should be designed with the aesthetics of a structure in mind, so that the system blends with the style of a structure, making the system practically undetectable from the ground.
While lightning is a natural fact of life, our business is making buildings safe from the potentially devastating reality of a single bolt.
Modern facilities are especially vulnerable to the havoc that lightning can wreak on sensitive electronic equipment. To assure the highest level of protection, UL-listed lightning surge arrestors should be installed on all electrical service panels and incoming data and signal lines. Arrestors are the first line of defense against harmful electrical surges that can enter a structure through power lines. By filtering and dissipating the harmful surges, arrestors help prevent electrical fires and protect against transients that can damage a building’s electrical system. For additional protection, UL-listed transient voltage surge suppressors can be installed to protect specific electronic components. A qualified lightning protection specialist can make recommendations for surge protection that is tailored to the specific facility.
It is essential that lightning protection systems are installed by trained, qualified lightning protection specialists. For quality assurance, all materials and methods should comply with nationally recognized safety standards for lightning protection as established by Underwriters Laboratories and the National Fire Protection Association.