Lightning rod protection technologies are designed to provide protection to structures against physical damage from lightning strikes. Various technologies are available to shield a facility from lightning.
Lightning rods have been used for over 200 years as a conductive metal rod mounted atop a roof. They route the lightning strike away from the structure, channeling it into the ground. These are normally metal rods, typically made of copper or aluminum and are placed safely on a roof.
First, let us understand how lightning is formed.
Its nature’s way to equalize the voltage between storm clouds and the earth. The positively charged ions move up during a storm, to attach itself with the downward moving negatively charged ions from the cloud to create a strike. The striking distance across which the spark can form defines the placing of an effective lightning rod.
Lightning rods are simple metal rods installed over a structure connected to conductor and earth terminals. They protect the building by rerouting lightning strikes away from the structure and channelizing it safely to the ground.
Various technologies are available to provide lightning rod protection - Conventional lightning rods, early streamer emissions and Dissipation Array system.
‘Lightning rod collects a strike and grounds it along with a preferred path, whereas CTS does not allow a strike to form in a protected area.’
Conventional rod – invented by Benjamin Franklin, these are simple tapered metal rod dominating a structure to be protected.
Early Streamer Emission Lightning rod protection – these rods artificially generate upward leaders, before the natural upward leaders, in order to establish a privileged impact point for the lightning strike.
While conventional lightning rods and Early Streamer Emission work in much the same way, Dissipation array system working on Charge transfer technology is the complete opposite.
Dissipation Array System – it’s based on Physics and state-of-the-art engineering. It reduces the naturally occurring electric field within a protected area – the upward streamer does not get enough energy from a storm to connect with downward leaders. This point discharge becomes more efficient when connected to a low impedance grounding system as more ions can be transferred.
The DAS lightning rod protection reduces operational costs and is our most reliable product. We also offer a ‘no strike’ warranty ensuring complete protection on all our installations.
Contact our Lightning Eliminator & Consultant Inc. team for more information.
As more and more complicated and sophisticated machinery are dotting every industry; a need to protect them from a direct lightning strike has become imperative. We all know, lightning is very unpredictable, it will strike without warning or reason damaging anything and everything in its way. It is not only destructive to equipment and systems inside a structure but also destroys business through loss of revenue, downtime and expensive repairs.
At Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc., we are passionate about delivering the best quality solution, especially when it comes to safety and protection.
To help protect industries from a lightning strike, we manufacture the most innovative lightning protection products and our ‘no strike’ warranty ensures complete protection on all our installations.
Our lightning protection products include:
Electricity has provided countless benefits to people and we are continuously making remarkable discoveries in the field. But unless we have truly grounded our electrical system we are taking a very large risk. In event of a direct lightning strike or power surge, a high voltage electricity will be produced. With an effective lightning protection and grounding system in place, all the excess electricity will be diverted to the earth, thereby saving your sensitive electronics.
Grounding electrical work is a necessary and smart move.
One of the primary components in dissipating the static discharge to earth is a grounding rod. Lightning Eliminator & Consultant Inc, has manufactured and patented CHEM grounding rod. This component is most effective when installed as a part of the total Lightning protection system. Some characteristics of the grounding rod are:
We are a full-service firm offering:
Lightning bolts and electronics do not play well together. Lightning is the most dramatic surge source. With today’s sensitive, valuable and critical electronic equipment within industries, installing lightning protection system and surge protection devices has become essential to protect your property and technology from lightning damage.
Thunderstorms occur everywhere, putting any facility at risk. Make state-of-the-art certified lightning protection system from Lightning Eliminators & Consultants Inc., an integral part of your facility’s electronic systems to get maximum protection of your equipment and property from lightning damage.
Lightning protection designs from LEC aim to protect structures and provide a specific path to harness and safely ground the over voltage currents of a lightning bolt.
Our engineers investigate and provide an assessment of the site to be protected from direct lightning, voltage surge or fluctuations, and power outage. They also provide a deep understanding of how electrical and mechanical systems such as HVAC systems, electric motors, alarm and communication systems, and other electronic systems can be easily destroyed by a resulting electrical activity.
Our investigation does not end here. If your facility has an existing lightning protection system in place then we can:
At the very least, we recommend surge protection at the main service entrance panel boards to prevent AC power line surges from travelling downstream.
The cost of lightning damage is downtime, reduced production, and industrial electronic repairs or replacement costs. Let LEC help you to safeguard your property and people.
Lightning is one of the most devastating natural phenomena and a direct strike will damage anything and everything on its way. Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. installs a wide range of products to divert a strike away from the structure and equipment. These products are designed to prevent physical damage to people, structural damage to buildings and protect against internal system equipment failure.
LEC lightning protection products are based on the fundamental principles of Charge Transfer Technology. It collects the induced charge developed by thunderstorm clouds and through ionization transfers it to the surrounding air. This results in a potential electric difference between the clouds and the protected area, thus preventing direct strikes.
The LEC’s Lightning protection products are
DAS - Dissipation Array System is designed with a combination of different multipoint ionizer
SBI - Spline Ball Ionizer is a supplement Dissipation Array installation. It provides lightweight protection but greatly reduces the risk of a direct lightning strike at the protected site.
SBT – Spline Ball Terminal is an air terminal designed to delay the upward streamer generation thus reducing the risk of a lightning strike.
RGA - Retractable Grounding Assembly creates a low impedance bond between the roof and shell, reducing the risk of lightning damage and fire to floating roof tanks.
IPE – in-tank potential equalizer is specially created for lined metal and line tanks to combat the problem of internal electrical discharges.
Facility Guard – a surge protection device designed for industrial and commercial use
DLP – Data line protectors are available in a range of configuration for telecom lines and control lines.
Lightning is a powerful force in nature. It is a global phenomenon but not uniformly distributed geographically.
A single bolt of lightning can contain up to 100 million volts of electricity. With that much power, lightning damage can be extreme, beyond recovery and repair and financially devastating.
There a multiple protection schemes to prevent lightning damage. A lightning protection system must be capable enough to deter lightning related destructive, disruptive and impairment phenomena away from the protected area.
Like in the transportation industry most wireless systems used by them are located in open areas and have components installed on tall buildings and towers; these are more susceptible to lightning damage. So a direct lightning strike will cause physical damage while secondary effects can cause electrical and electronic damage.
What can you do to protect your business?
Considering industrial level protection from lightning, one must combine protection systems that are designed to mitigate each type of strike. The traditional method of protection may actually increase the likelihood of lightning damage. The right protection lies in not channeling the strike but preventing the charge from accumulating in the first place.
There is a system – Dissipated Array System designed to lower the voltage difference between the cloud and earth.
Manufactured and patented by Lightning Eliminators and Consultants Inc., this system is based on a natural phenomenon known as charge transfer or point discharge principle. It prevents rather than redirects lightning thus eliminating the risk of a lightning damage.
LEC specializes in designing, manufacturing and installing integrated, engineered systems to prevent and eliminate any lightning damage.
Petrochemical industries are important arteries of individual countries and the entire region. These industries heavily depend on the reliable operation of facilities and electrical and electronic equipment.
This sector operates round the clock, thus very interested in protecting property and people in line with the company’s activities. In event of a natural disaster like a lightning strike, they need to be able to halt the damages and use of flammable and explosive products and evacuate personnel from sensitive areas.
Lightning safety experts at Lightning Eliminators and Consultants Inc., understands the need of these industries to protect production equipment to avoid sudden drops or surge in voltages or even to disconnect from the main supply grid.
Though every structure is unique requiring different levels of protection; LEC offers some common lightning safety measures to prevent lightning hazards:
The company has over 4 decades of experience in lighting safety and protection for these sectors, continuous research and professional solutions allowing to a considerable reduction of lightning damage.
Next time you are in the path of a thunderstorm remember the above measures and watch out for your safety.
A direct lightning strike can be a tremendous loss, costing millions of dollars. Mostly these strikes occur on or near residence, causing havoc on the home’s electrical system, appliances, and electronics. Fortunately, there are ways to help safeguard your property, family and yourself from lightning damage.
The safest place to be during a lightning strike is your office or home. Still, some precautions needs to be taken to prevent any lightning damage. Try to stay away from anything that conducts electricity such as:
Investing in the right lightning protection system is the best way to protect everyone from lightning damage. These systems create a pathway for lightning bolts to ground itself. Without a designated path; electrical wirings, metal plumbing pipes and even the metal gas system lines become potential pathways, thus causing damage to every device connected. A tailored system specifically for the home can safely guide the strike to the ground without harming anyone or anything.
Lightning strikes near power lines can cause huge power surges, thus a surge protection device should be installed in conjunction with a lightning protection system. These SPDs (point of use Surge Protection Device) do not suppress or arrest a surge; they divert it to the ground. This provides an extra layer of protection to your electrical and electronic appliances.
Lightning damage can cause irreparable damage. Take immediate action of getting your exterior and home systems checked and then installing the correct lightning protection device.
Lightning Eliminators & Consultants Inc., are pioneers in this field since decades. Their name is synonymous with international standard protection and no strike warranty.
You have taken the best decision of installing a lightning protection system to your home. By doing this you know that it will protect people from electrical shock, help safeguard expensive electronic equipment, limit neutral to ground voltage and satisfy NEC along the way.
Now the big question is which is the best low resistant, high-quality grounding system?
First, let us understand the earth grounding system. It is the process of connecting the house electrical system to the ground. It helps carry unexpected electrical charges safely to the ground without harming any other source. For example, a lightning strike can easily send an extra voltage of electricity to different electrical components in the house thereby damaging them. with a grounding system in place, this damage can be easily avoided.
However, before you decide on the material of the grounding rod, get the ground measured for resistance. This is an important criterion for selection of the coating on the grounding rod. A higher ground resistance conditions can accept most coating types, while most rod coatings are subject to the aggressive condition when placed in a low resistance soil.
Soil PH is another important criterion to be considered. A soil PH at par or below 4 is particularly harmful. Being highly acidic in nature it can reduce the life reliability of the entire grounding system. A well-aerated soil with neutral PH is likely to cause limited corrosion of the grounding rod electrode.
Check out the Smart Ground Testing services from Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc. Their results of the ground audit are highly accurate and the engineers give a very practical solution to improve the grounding system.
Their patented Chemical Grounding rod is the latest electrode used worldwide. It provides a low surge impedance as well as low resistance earth contact. The ground augmentation fill is the key component that makes this Chem-Rod maintenance free, giving a longer performance, and ensuring best grounding connection possible. It has a large conductive surface but takes up far less land mass and can easily replace 10 conventional grounding rods.
The Chemical grounding rod from LEC has been proven to be the best and most economical grounding solution.
Contact LEC and transform your grounding system into a high-performance ground.
A grounding rod has just one duty to full fill – to dissipate a static discharge voltage (like lightning) to earth, thereby stabilizing voltages from the power source. In other words, it provides an easy path for electricity to flow to earth should any problem occur like lightning strike, power surge, short circuit, etc. This grounding rod, if properly installed, can prevent fire, shock, and damage to human lives, electrical and electronic equipment.
Lightning Eliminators and Consultants, Inc. (LEC) addresses this critical issue by providing advanced testing services and superior grounding products that produce highly accurate results.
Now get your entire facility protected or just a part of it through their varied products.
Floating roof tank:
These storage tanks are highly prone to fire. Fortunately, effective protection that is beneficial, reliable and cost effective is not very difficult to secure. LEC’s Retractable Grounding Assembly 750(RGA 750) reduces the risk of fire, is easy to install and requires the least maintenance. It offers permanent, low impedance bond, preventing fires triggered by lightning currents.
In-tank grounding rod:
Non-metal and lined tanks like an aquarium can give you a shock, an electric shock. Prevent it by installing an In-Tank Potential Equalizer (IPE). It is safe, economical and corrosion resistant. LEC has manufactured this product specifically to combat the internal electrification problems inside tanks.
Home and other facilities:
Chem-Rod is the word. These grounding electrodes provide consistent, long-term, low resistance interface with true earth. They resist corrosion; take less real estate and uses fewer electrodes to achieve the necessary resistance. They release specially formulated minerals into the surrounding soil, ensuring an ultra low resistance ground. These Chem rods can replace up to 10 conventional grounding rods and are maintenance free, making it the most effective and economical system.
Apart from these superior grounding products, LEC also offers a ground audit system – Smart Ground. They give practical recommendations on improving the grounding system while adhering to the IEEE/IEC standards. Even the accessories required to install the grounding rod are provided by them.
From the award winning ‘retractable Grounding Assembly 750’ to the patented Chem-Rod, LEC offers the best of products along with a full line of standard ground testing services and more, ensuring a solution tailored just for your needs.
Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc. (LEC) serves its clients by installing and maintaining lightning protection systems (LPS), and prevention solutions. Equipped with over four decades of experience, LEC has provided successful support to over 90 countries and throughout the United States.