When lightning strikes an object, it is looking for the path of least resistance, or more specifically, the path of least impedance.
A grounding system, which is made up of a grounding rod and wires, provides a low-impedance path to the ground.
This low-impedance path is installed to encourage the lightning to travel through it instead of through your expensive electronic equipment.
Grounding rods and wires are also used to create what is referred to as a common ground.
One way of creating a common ground is to drive a copper rod into the ground and connect your electrical and electronic equipment to this rod by using wires or straps (grounding wires). The grounding rod should be at least 6 feet long and should be fully driven into the ground, leaving enough of the rod accessible to attach the ground wires to it. By creating a common ground, you have created a path of least impedance for all of your equipment should lightning cause an electrical surge.
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Improper grounding accounts for a large percentage of damage of sensitive electronic equipment.
Multi-grounding renders equipment susceptible to lightning induced transient over-voltages as well as steady-state noise caused by ground loop currents.
These problems can be avoided by
The LEC Chem Grounding Rod Features include:
Our patented Chem rod uses advanced engineering to achieve a consistent, low-impedance electrical connection with the earth, even in unfavourable and varying ground conditions (like permafrost).
We are a full service firm aligned to solve your most complex challenges in grounding, surge suppression and lightning protection. Our integrated approach weighs all of the factors affecting your exposure to lightning and ensures the resulting solution brings the risks within your acceptable range.
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Today’s digital economy relies on fast and reliable telecommunications networks. Such telecommunication towers are obvious and known targets for lightning strike damage, which has caused significant service downtime over the years. Therefore, protecting communications and meteorological towers should not be an option, but a necessity.
In this article we discuss the importance of grounding rod in the lightning protection system to protect communications and meteorological towers.
A good ground is very important, maybe the most important thing, in mitigating lightning damage; more energy diverted to ground means less can go through your electronics! But conventional grounding rod is typically insufficient for use where target resistance can be less than 1 ohm.
WHAT IS GROUNDING?
The NEC article 100 defines ground as:
“A conducting connection, whether intentional or unintentional, between electrical circuits or equipment and the earth, or some conducting body that serves in place of the earth".”
WHAT IS BONDING?
The NEC article 100 and 250-70 defines bonding as:
“The permanent joining of the metallic conducting parts of equipment and conductor enclosures to assure and electrically conductive path between them that will ensure electrical continuity and have sufficient capacity to safely conduct any foreign current likely to be imposed to ground.”
WHAT IS A GROUNDING ROD?
Ground rods in a well-conducting soil have a cylindrical region of influence around them with a diameter that extends roughly twice the length of the ground rod. This is the region in which the ground rod disperses lightning strike energy.
A ground rod is usually located very close to your main electrical service panel and is often made of copper or copper coated steel. They’re approximately ½” in diameter and eight to 10 feet in length. It must be electrically tied to your main service panel to provide an approved ground connection.
Proper Grounding and Bonding are Crucial
Efficient grounding systems reduce the risk of electrical arching and fires.
Our patented grounding rod improves reliability for many applications including:
For detailed specifications on grounding rod or to get a quote contact LEC today!
Being a leader in the field of effective lightning protection systems, Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. has spent many years developing and testing superior lightning protection products. Due to our efforts, we have many patented lightning protection products. Most notably is our designed Dissipation Array System which is engineered to prevent a lightning strike
Dissipation Array System (DAS)
“DAS uses a naturally occurring scientific phenomenon called point discharge to retard the collection of lightning within a finite protection zone.”
It works on the principles of Charge Transfer Systems. These lightning protection products lower the static field long enough for the lightning to terminate or strike outside the protected area.
DAS does not attract lightning it eliminates it.
There are three typical reasons for our clients to choose DAS as their choice of lightning protection:
Additionally, there are other patented lightning protection products that combine (depending on the need and the area to be protected) to provide full protection against lightning.
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You can’t stop lightning, but you can prevent its destructive effects
In United States, lightning is one of the most dangerous and frequent weather hazards. It is indeed fascinating to watch, but lightning can result in over hundred severe injuries to people in a year and some even resulting in death.
Every flash of lightning is potentially carrying millions of volts of electricity. Contrary to popular believes, lightning can strike anywhere repeatedly, it doesn’t always strike tall buildings and even strike up to 80 kilometers away from the point of impact.
Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. offers a complete solution for lightning protection design and its installation complying with the international standards and a ‘no strike’ warranty.
Our solution starts with understanding the electrical specification and relevant architectural drawings of your facility. We then offer a turnkey solution to any residential or commercial property, with the backing of our experienced team for lightning protection design drawings, bill of materials required, installation, testing, and commissioning.
Risk: our in-house risk assessment team determines the level of lightning protection system required for your property. This may also include earth resistance and soil resistivity testing.
Design study: project estimation and design specific to DAS (Dissipation Array Solution) is provided by our experts. This includes a more detailed and scientific evaluation of the site’s exposure and options for protection. We are able to offer customized solutions to each project in the most timely, accurate and cost-effective manner.
Supply: we have patented proprietary such as the Dissipation Array Systems (DAS) working on the charge transfer systems (CTS) and the Retractable Grounding Assembly along with a host of surge protection devices. All our products and services comply with the international standards.
Installing, testing and commissioning – our trained site service team are available 24/7 to install the lightning protection systems as per the design specification at your property. Further, we also provide on-site or off-site risk management training and financial risk mitigation.
All our systems are designed and engineered to perform safely; however commissioning and routine testing are undertaken to validate and ensure that the lightning protection system performs safely.
Lightning protection is necessary across the world and we are dedicated to providing lightning protection and prevention products, solutions and services as par with the international standards.
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In the industrial world time is money, thus nothing can be more frustrating for a manufacturer than to stop production due to power going out.
Industrial lightning protection system is designed to protect such businesses or plants and its assets from the harmful effects of lightning damage. Do you know millions of dollars are lost in damage caused by a lightning strike? Thus, a lightning protection system ensures that lighting is controlled and it doesn’t cause any damage.
Take for example the telecommunication industry. The cell towers have gotten considerably taller and are being installed with expensive equipment making them more susceptible to damage from lightning strikes. Not only the telecommunication sector; any industry that is required to be kept online through advanced electronics require lightning protection.
An industry or a plant requires protection because:
- Principally, most official buildings are metal structures, making them more susceptible to being struck with lightning.
- Most industries use and store highly flammable materials
- Safety of the workers is important
- Having a lightning protection system in place is an essential condition for insurance companies and it may also reduce the cost of the policy
- Being stuck by lightning could result in serious loss of service, equipment, and machines.
- With advancement is sensitive electronic components; it is highly capable of being damaged even by slight fluctuations in electric current. The necessity to protect these equipments from such surges has become very crucial. Thus advancement in lightning protection system is imperative.
Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc. has become one of the most highly regarded company of lightning protection solutions. With extensive sales network and distribution points, the company can easily service customers all over the country and beyond. Being pioneers and patent holders of DAS technology, LEC can customize a solution for any business and even help clients choose from a number of products and services. Over the years this company has become synonym for quality products, designed at par with international standards.
Schools, hospitals, airports, factories, power generating plants and even office buildings are now playing it safe by installing lightning protection systems.
Lightning protection systems for industries is something that every industry will benefit from.
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Did you know, with the ever changing climate and rising temperatures, lightning strikes are becoming more frequent. It is the single biggest cause of damage to electrical and electronic equipments, property and even human lives. With temperatures up to four times as hot as the sun, it’s no wonder lightning damage is deadly.
Lightning are produced in thunderstorms. It gradually builds up on electrical fields and once it is large enough, a giant spark occurs (like static electricity) between the earth and the ground. This spark is actually called a lightning strike. It may also occur between clouds and between cloud and air. But it is the strike between the cloud and ground that is damaging.
Here, the main aim of the electrically charged cloud is to neutralize itself with ground; thus seeking the path of least resistance. So it can be a tree, a building, an electronic device, a water body or any other good conductor of electricity.
Yes, many trees have been a victim of lightning damage. We know that wood is a bad conductor of electricity. But the moisture between the bark and the wood, or the moisture concentrated within the center of the tree is very good conductor of electricity, making it the perfect path for a lightning strike to ground itself. Trees can be blown apart, debarked and in some cases the trees are not killed but the lightning damage exposes it to insects and diseases.
The safest place on earth is another favorable path a lightning strike takes. The gas and water pipes, electric lines, phone lines, cables and TV lines, and many more options are available to a lightning strike to ground itself or reach its destination.
So how can we protect ourselves?
Lightning Rod is the answer. It is the easiest and only known way to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our property from lightning damage. They collect the electrically charged cloud, preventing it from damaging your facility and discharging it to the ground safely.
And now this technology has advanced
Lightning Eliminators and Consultants, Inc. has revolutionized this technology. They now provide an innovative and patented products and services working in lines with charge transfer technology. In very simple words, LEC’s technology deters the electronically charged clouds from striking thus eliminating the risk altogether.
The best defense against lightning damage is now simple, reliable and inexpensive, and is brought to you by LEC.
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