There is an infinite amount of information housed, shared, and stored throughout facilities globally. It’s transferred through and to data centers around the planet. When people send data and computing services into the cloud, they want confidence that it is available when needed.
Lightning strikes are not an uncommon event today and any electronic device that stands in its path would be damaged beyond use. And unfortunately, there is no exception for heavy-duty IT infrastructure such as data centers.
A lightning strike on a data center can have dramatic effects. Aside from the obvious risks of fire or injuries, it can wreck your equipment and lead to the destruction of your data. The most costly of them is “mean time between failures,” or the life expectancy of equipment, electronics, and wiring necessary to operate, which often is drastically reduced by such a surge as the current travels through the ground overwhelming everything in its path.
To soften the impact of a lightning strike on a data center and to prevent your facility from being affected by such a natural force; installing lightning protection systems at strategic points of your facility is an obvious and responsible solution. The role of our LPS is to prevent the formation of lightning within a protected area.
Let us explain
Our Dissipation Array System (DAS) uses a Charge Transfer System (CTS) to help prevent direct lightning strikes by reducing the electric field to below lightning-collection levels within the protected area. As a result, DAS helps prevent downtime and loss of assets, while increasing safety. The CTS prevents a lightning strike from occurring within a protected zone. It collects the induced charge developed by thunderstorm clouds from a designated protected area of the earth and transfers this charge through an ionizer into the surrounding air.
Data center buildings are often spread out in large areas. LEC’s DAS is an effective way of protecting a vast zone with only a few devices: it's both cost-effective and secure.
Protecting the whole site is crucial, but you also have to think about the cables that are relying on your data center from the world. You should know that buried telecom cables are particularly sensitive to the indirect effect of lightning strikes and surges. Then, you also have to make sure that you have a way of backing up your power system and are equipped with a good surge protection system.
When it comes to the data center, the lightning protection stake is real and you have to take every precaution available to make sure that your facility is totally protected on the inside and the outside.
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The simplest way to think of a lightning strike would be as a short circuit between the cloud and the earth. The earth and an active thundercloud have either a positive or negative polarity with respect to each other, just like battery connections that can arc, if they are not separated by a long enough air gap.
Every year, there are approximately 15-20 million lightning strikes that affect 30% of U.S. businesses. These lightning strikes cause billions in damage and an average facility is hit with 20,000 amps of electricity.
Thus schools, hospitals, airports, factories, chemical plants, power generating plants and office buildings are just some of the facilities choosing to play it safe against the destructive forces of lightning by properly preparing a lightning protection design and installing it.
We offer holistic services that include product specifications, product manufacturing, technical support, installation, site testing, and system design. LEC’s lightning protection design and engineering team can produce complete lightning protection and grounding layout for any type of structure using the latest CAD software. Our estimates are detailed to list out all inclusion and exclusions and each estimate adheres to all required specifications.
Even before the estimates are submitted we understand the electrical specification and relevant architectural drawings of your facility. Then with the backing of our experienced lightning protection design team, we send drawings, bill of materials required, installation, testing and commissioning estimates.
Once the estimation is approved, a detailed and scientific evaluation of the site’s exposure and an option for protection is provided and we start implementing the customized solution in the most timely, accurate and cost-effective manner.
Alongside we also provide on-site and off-site risk management training and financial risk mitigation.
All of our systems are designed and engineered to perform safely; however, commission and routine testing are undertaken to validate and ensure that the lightning protection design and the system perform safely.
Protection against direct lightning strike and surge is not an easy one. A proper lightning protection design depends on a number of contributing factors. Some of our patented products include;
Holding tightly to professional ethics and moral values, we leave no stone unturned to assure complete client satisfaction when providing lightning protection design and engineering solutions.
LEC is a fully integrated lightning protection solution provider.
Before we tell you how our LPS work, let us provide some brief facts about the lightning protection solutions.
LEC provides four general types of lightning protection solutions, as follows:
1. Conventional air terminal systems – designed to collect strikes
2. Early streamer emitting air terminal systems– designed to collect strikes
3. Charge Transfer Systems – streamer delaying arrays that are that are designed to prevent all possible lightning strike collection
4. Hybrid System - streamer delaying air terminals that collect strikes only when charge transfer capacity is exceeded by dissipation requirements.
Our lightning protection system is termed Dissipation Array system (DAS) because it neutralizes the charge differential between the cloud and the protected facility before the flashover points occur. In other words, DAS is a no-strike prevention system – it will not allow any strikes to the protected area due to its a high level of performance.
DAS uses the principle of point discharge to facilitate the dissipation. The purpose of charge dissipation products is to reduce the accumulation of electric charge and thereby prevent an electric arc that can cause damage. This is accomplished by ionizing surrounding air and neutralizing accumulated charges on the earth’s surface, including the grounding system.
At LEC, when determining which lightning and surge protection system is right for a facility, our experienced engineers will thoroughly perform a scientific evaluation of the site’s exposure and vulnerability to lightning. We even examine the electrical, data and communication systems, as well as performing ground testing. We determine the overall cost of a proper lightning protection system by the scope and complexity of work based on the complete site evaluation report.
The list of clients that choose LEC’s DAS is extensive. Our customers are repeating often with multiple facilities in different geographic locations across the world.
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Lightning strikes can be catastrophic for a building or any structure that is not adequately
A traditional lightning protection system consists of a lightning rod and a network of down conductors and earthing electrodes that provide initial protection to a building. When appropriately designed and installed this system carries a lightning strike safely to the ground, avoiding damage to property and life. However, it is not practical to let charged electromagnetic current near sensitive electronic devices.
At Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc., we recognized the need to design a more practical and efficient system. Through our skills and experience in this field, lightning protection system under the Charge Transfer Technology is widely recognized as the best and most advanced protection from a lightning strike.
The Charge Transfer Technology used in Dissipation Array System prevents the termination of lightning within the desired area of protection. This reduces operating cost and downtime as it safeguards against lightning damages fire and electrocution.
How we work
We offer a comprehensive set of services from the first inspection to the final installation. Our experts perform an extensive on-site survey and assess the requirements. Based on this survey our engineers design an all-inclusive protection system in accordance with subjective needs. The design of the system is a critical part of any installation and identifies all that is required to meet the set
international standards and specifications. While the concept behind lightning protection system is relatively straightforward, the requirements for proper installation can be complex.
Our industry trained professional installers complete the installation process within the time stipulated and to the highest and safest standards. Follow-up testing is carried out at regular intervals and involves a visual survey of the entire system. Electrical resistance testing is also carried out as a part of the service.
Surge suppressors are another very important part of a lightning protection solution. It adds another layer of protection to sensitive electronics from the surge of transient voltage.
We are a US manufacturer providing a full range of lightning protection systems designed to the highest standards using state of art technology and machinery.
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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