Why is a Total Solution to earthing & lightning protection important?
Lightning is one of nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena.
Lightning contains awesome amounts of electrical energy. Lightning discharges have been measured from several thousand to over 200,000 Amps (enough to light half a million 100 Watt bulbs) and even though of a very short duration, can cause tremendous damage and destruction.
The effects of a direct strike are obvious and immediately apparent - buildings damaged, trees blown apart, personal injuries and even loss of life.
However, the secondary effects of lightning - the short duration, high voltage spikes called transient overvoltages - can, and do, cause equally catastrophic, if less visually obvious, damage to electronic systems within structures.
We continually meet people who have structural lightning protection for their building, but have suffered damage to the - unprotected - systems within.
Simply put, a structural lightning protection system cannot and will not protect electronic systems from lightning currents and transient overvoltages.
A reliable lightning protection system must encompass external (structural) lightning protection, effective earthing and transient overvoltage protection (surge protection of electronic systems).
That's why we advocate a Total Solution to earthing & lightning protection.
Our Total Solution delivers the most complete and effective protection against lightning risk, safeguarding life whilst ensuring continuous, normal operation of critical electronic systems.
This approach to lightning protection is now fully endorsed by the BS EN/IEC 62305 Standard.