The lightning protection system is an enhancement of the invention that was first initiated by Benjamin Franklin. Today the systems are used in buildings, towers factories, and many more spaces.
Lightning Protection Systems include the following components:
Lightning Rods or the Air Terminals, Conductor cables and ground rods. The ground rods and conductor cables are the most critical component of the whole system.
The primary objective of the lightning protection system is ensuring protection to the building and the people occupying it when lightning hits the building. The lightning protection system also protects from fire. They also offer structural damage protection.
The system serves as a block to the lightning from reaching the ground. Suppose the system is not installed, the lightning strikes the ground causing the fire, side flashes, damage to the building and may also cause severe damage to electrical appliances. Adding the system prevent this from happening as the block takes the lightning providing a safer pathway to reach the ground.
The UPS and surge protectors are not good lightning protection devices. They can provide a certain level of security to the electrical appliances from daily voltage fluctuations. Guarantees on the UPS are somewhat false concerning lightning is concerned. The best and cheapest way to protect devices is probably to unplug all the appliances during a thunderstorm. Apart from that, only a full-fledged lightning protection system will be able to protect your building and appliances from the havoc the lightning creates.
Lightning almost peaks at one lakh or more amperes, therefore to protect your building from lightning, the only option that you have would be to install a lightning protection system.
Lightening Eliminations Myths: Products such as ‘Lightening elimination’ or ‘light dissipation’ devices have come up due to two popular myths such as Thunderstorms charge will be affected on the ground, and lightning discharges begin from the ground. In spite of the fact that they do not prevent any mishap, they are still popularly sold.
These devices use corona discharge to perform these: Draining a storm of its charge before the lightning can begin, Creating a space charge that diverts the lightning, initiating the strike upward.
The problem of the devices is that no human-made corona discharge can help in performing the above functions during a full thunderstorm. In addition to the false claim mentioned above, these devices have proven to be incapable of providing the facilities claimed by the device creators.Despite real-life evidence of the same, they are continued to be sold everywhere.
The lightning protection system is designed explicitly for individual buildings. They contain complex engineering and therefore to be installed only with the help of qualified engineers.
In spite of the fact they are protection systems, unplugging the device is the best option to save your devices during thunderstorms.
It is always wise to install a lightning protection system to your building to save the structures from potential damages. Read reviews before calling the qualified engineers for setting up the complex Lightening protection systems.