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Surge Protectors & Lighting Conductors

Surge protectors and lighting conductors are devices used to protect a structure from fire and electrical damages. A lot of people including professional do not understand the difference between the two.

 

Most professionals especially technicians, consider lighting conductors as adequate protection for both electrical and fire damages. The truth is, lighting conductors protect structures from fire hazards and offer minimal electrical protection especially to electronic appliances. Let us take a look at them.

 

 

Lighting Conductors

Lighting conductors are used to protect structures from fire. Buildings without lighting conductors when hit by lighting, which can carry more than 150, 000 amps, cause the electrical cables to overheat and burn thereby starting a fire.

 

As shown in the diagram below, the lighting conductor passes the lighting to the ground protecting the structure.

 

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However this safety process, energies the earth (up to 50m from the lighting conductor) and makes all Earthing rods within 50m dangerous. So for total protection a surge protector is needed to protect electrical installations and devices contacted to the Earthing.

 

Surge Protector

 

Surge protector also known as surge suppressor is an appliance or device designed to guard electrical devices from voltage spikes. A surge protector tries to limit the voltage provided to an electric device by either blocking or shorting to ground any surplus voltages above a safe verge.

 

Power surges arise when something increases the electrical charge at some point in the power lines; this results to an increase in the electrical potential energy which can increase the current flowing to the wall outlet.

 

Lightning is the most familiar and actually one of the least common causes; faulty wiring can severely damage electrical devices connected to the power grid.

 

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Read more: http://www2.schneider-electric.com/documents/contractors/en/shared/electrical-risks/Surge-protection-overvoltage-devices.pdf

 

Juststandout uses Schneider surge protectors for business equipment and residential devices for many reasons;

  • They are affordable and a great investment
  • They provide a high level of protection for computers, electronics and connected devices, as well as providing surge protection for phone lines and on selected models-coax cables .
  • Prevent damage to your equipment from electric power surges and spikes.
  • Attenuates EMI/RFI line noise that can cause data errors and keyboard lockups, ensuring better performance of protected equipment.