A lightning protection rod is an external terminal installed in a building or structure.
Controlling electrical energy changed the course of civilisation. Among many other discoveries, the lightning rod represents a fundamental milestone. Benjamin Franklin’s idea allowed attracting lightning bolts to points that were not dangerous and aims to attract the lightning to a controlled point of impact and prevent it from striking an unwanted area or people.
The original lightning protection rod is a metal bar with a copper tip; the conduction line also has a copper and an underground dissipater.
How it works
Lightning rods are metal rods attached to the roof of a building; the rod is then attached to either a large piece of copper or an aluminium wire which is connected to a conductive grid buried nearby in the ground. They provide a safe and low-resistance path for lightning to the ground that can be used to conduct the enormous electrical currents when lightning strikes occur.
Lightning protection rods do not prevent lightning, but instead essentially “collect” it. They attract strikes and convey the energy to the ground rather than to the building or structure that it is protecting.
More than two and a half centuries have passed, the lightning rod still persists – however they have undergone important revisions, including one that takes the prevention approach that Franklin originally envisioned.
A new beginning
Charge Transfer Systems (CTS), such as LEC’s Dissipation Array System (DAS) work to stop the strike from forming within a predetermined zone. Donald Zipse, a top scientist and researcher from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Life Fellow states,
“Proof of lightning rods’ effectiveness lies mainly in empirical and anecdotal evidence. CTS technology, however, is based on existing electrical and physical formulas and mathematical basics. LEC’s patented charge transfer technology is a distinct split from Franklin rods.”
While lightning rods help protect a structure and all occupants from a direct strike, a complete lightning protection system, including utility bonding, proper grounding, and surge protection help prevent harmful electrical surges and possible fires caused by lightning entering a structure via wire and pipes. The complete lightning protection system includes; lightning rods, conductor cables, ground electrodes, utility bonding clamps (for water pipes, sprinkler, & gas and/or oil pipes) DAS protection as needed and surge protection.
Our lightning protection rod is engineered to integrate with any building, rig, platform, tower, tank, stack, and other industrial structures.
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.