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Eliminate Misconceptions Related To Lightning Protection

For centuries, lightning strikes have caused serious damage and fires to facilities and have also killed the occupants that were struck. Protection of structures from the effects of a lightning strike is more precise today than it was in 1752 at the time of the experiment and the original invention of lightning protection by Benjamin Franklin.

In industry, there is a growing demand for availability of service and operations, and the risk of downtime cost as well; making risk management increasingly important. And lightning strikes will be an increasingly large part of the risk to be managed.

The basic principle in protecting life and property from lightning is to provide a path by which the electrical energy can enter and leave the earth without damaging anything or anyone along the way. However, Over the years, Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. has improved this method.

Our patented Dissipation Array System (DAS) is designed to prevent direct lightning strikes within the protected area by reducing the electrical fields to below lightning collection levels, within the protected area. As a result, DAS helps to prevent downtime and loss of assets while increasing personal safety. Since 1971, the DAS has maintained a success rate of over 99%.

Yet our industry remains vulnerable – only 10% of a new facility constructed each year in the US implements a lightning protection system. Why is it so?

Ignorance and misconceptions are to be blamed.

Due to ignorance on the effectiveness of lightning protection, business owners accept lightning as an unavoidable risk, with their only solution is to seek insurance against business interruptions and damages. But this does not include the billion dollars that are lost due to downtime and liability when businesses are forced to shut down to repair damages.

On the other hand, misconceptions are also rife. For example, lightning protection is assumed to be expensive, complex and poor visual impact.

In fact, the useful life of a lightning protection system from LEC will be close to the useful life of the facility itself. Also, the integration of DAS into the design of the facility before construction allows efficiency to be increased and complexities to be reduced. And finally, when an LPS is taken into consideration at the design stage, it can be incorporated in a way that reduces or eliminates a visual impact.

Lightning protection is available to prevent harm done by lightning strikes and transient currents. Contact us to set up a site evaluation with your construction engineer.

Unmatched Performance Every Time From Lightning Protection System

Direct lightning strikes and their secondary effects are some of the most harmful natural occurrences because they can occur anywhere and hit any project. For many industrial plants, the effects of even one direct strike are too much to bear and can result in the loss of tens of millions of dollars. The potential damage and losses lead to many businesses to access and manage their risks with comprehensive lightning, surge, and grounding protection services and products.

Lightning protection systems installed professionally and in accordance with the regulations provide effective protection. Damage from lightning and surge voltages occurs with equal frequency. Such damage can cause either by a lightning strike within the vicinity or by switching operations in large electrical systems. Besides damage to devices, the failure of networks and the corresponding loss of data can have a dramatic effect.

LEC offers comprehensive lightning protection solutions for many different industries. This is the only way to protect people and property against the direct and indirect effects of lightning strikes on sites, buildings, plants, and equipment. And in many countries, regulations make it mandatory to install lightning protection on industrial buildings. Sites presenting an environmental risk are deemed the immediate priority.         

We have mastered the art of total site and facility protection by designing, manufacturing and installing site-specific grounding, lightning protection, and surge suppression systems. Our rigorous testing and end-to-end control of the manufacturing process allows us to ensure the highest standards are met. Additionally, every product is thoughtfully engineered, made of the highest quality materials and thoroughly tested before making its way to your site. Our system meets national and international standards making them eligible for UL and LPI certifications.

Our Hall of Fame: LEC’s first patented product Dissipation Array System (DAS) – it prevents a strike from occurring within the protected area.

Since the invention of DAS, we have continued to develop cutting edge products (patented) for lightning protection, grounding and surge with the sole aim of delivering the reliably supreme quality you can always count on.

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. has more than 4 decades of experience anticipating users need to make sure we’re ready and you are covered, no matter what the future holds.


The Lightning Protection System Of Your Choice

Lightning is caused by the build-up of static electricity within a thundercloud. Negative charge accumulates at the bottom of the cloud and induces a positive charge on the surface of the earth. When the potential between the cloud and ground reaches about a billion volts, a downward leader begins to move from the cloud towards the earth.

As the downward leader connects with an upward streamer on the earth, then the visible lightning strike is formed and massive current flow between the cloud and earth.

Across industries, the power of lightning strikes to injure personnel, destroy assets and disrupt processes through fire, explosion or electrical damage is clear. Even if a facility is not directly struck by lightning, secondary effects such as electromagnetic pulse can fry sensitive circuitry in the vicinity.

One technology that has proven to be the perfect lightning prevention solution is Dissipation Array System. This Lightning protection system works on Charge Transfer technology.

DAS is based on a natural phenomenon known to a scientist for centuries as the ‘point discharge’ principle, where a sharp point in a strong electrostatic field will leak off electrons by ionizing adjacent air molecules, providing the points potentials is raised 10,000 volts above that of its surroundings. It employs the point discharge principles by providing thousands of point with specific point separation that stimulates produce ion over a larger area, thus preventing the formation of streamers, the precursor of a lightning strike.

The Dissipation Array System is a key component for lightning protection system, working with grounding and surge suppression to achieve complete protection. A typical system includes:

  • A Dissipation Array available in a range of configurations for almost any structure
  • A low-impedance grounding system using chemically charged electrodes
  • Surge protection devices to protect against electric transients.

Step Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. takes for total protection

  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Installation
  • Certification
  • Expansion

Highlights of our patented Lightning protection system

  • Strike prevention
  • Controlled lightning termination
  • Maintenance free system
  • Engineered solution
  • Custom design
  • All-time protection
  • Ensured reliability of electronic equipment
  • Maximum return on investment

Each lightning protection system is tailored to specific needs revealed in site surveys.

With over 70,000 systems per year of actual in-field operations and proven success in minimizing the effects of lightning, LEC is the smart choice for Lightning protection system in your facility.

Protect Your Facility With LEC Lightning Protection Solutions

Lightning is an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon that can discharge up to 200,000 amps in a fraction of seconds. In fact, cloud to ground strikes is the most dangerous form of lightning for property and human life. A direct lightning strike can have devastating effects on people, assets and our natural environment especially during stormy seasons; we witness injury or death of thousands of people.

Lightning Protection

Beyond this obvious impact of lightning, voltage spikes that accompany indirect strikes are catastrophic to a building’s electronics systems. This static can cause a charge to run down the wires and cables, damaging equipment in your facility.

With the advent of sensitive electronic equipment into our everyday life, the importance of proper lightning protection has become extremely critical. In order to fully protect a facility, businesses must use lightning protection and earthing equipment that are manufactured, designed and tested according to international standards.

Lightning Eliminator’s & Consultant Inc’s expertise is to provide lightning protection productions, solutions, and technical support to meet national and international standards.

The lightning protection system offered by LEC provide means by which the surge either leaves or enters the Earth without passing through and damaging any parts of a facility. Our systems actually prevent lightning from striking protected areas thereby preventing damage within the area of protection.

We manufacture and install lightning and surge protection system using the most up-to-date and safest techniques with the latest, fully compliant fixing, always accounting for the aesthetics of the building on all our projects, ensuring that your system is the best it can be.

Lightning Protection

LEC will ensure that all risks to your property are identified and mitigated. We fully inspect your site and premises, issue complete risk analysis, design and quotation, including full risk assessment. Following installation, we periodically test and maintain the system to ensure compliance with the relevant standards is maintained.

Specialist knowledge is required in order to carry out the professional testing of a lightning protection system. for this reason, this test must be carried out by a lightning protection expert, like LEC.

We provide world class solutions with world-class products for lightning protection. We specialize in the lightning protection system, surge protection system, maintenance free earthing solutions and more.

Things You Should Know About Lightning Protection Design

Lightning strikes account for over a third of computer failures all over the world. With this number in mind, it makes sense to protect your assets from lightning strikes using state of the art lightning and surge protection devices.

This increases your facility’s protection from physical damage and reduces the possibilities of fire. Insurers now require the installation of lightning protection systems for commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, historic landmarks, and public venues.

Lightning protection design

An effective earthing system is critical to the safety of every electrical installation. And a robust earthing and lightning protection design is the first step in any electrical system to ensure the safety of assets, properties, and human beings.

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. lightning protection design involves:

Collection of data

  • Soil resistivity measurement
  • Earth resistance/impedance measurement
  • Touch, step and transfer potential measurement
  • Lightning protection design visual inspection (if already installed)
  • Electrical measurements
  • Impact on immediate surroundings
  • Building contents
  • Type of construction
  • Building occupancy

Risk assessment

  • Determining the level of lightning protection required
  • Earth potential risk assessment
  • Interference studies
  • Fire risk
  • Assessing the risk in accordance with international standards

Design study

  • Arriving at BOQ and specification
  • Type of protection
  • Detailed and scientific evaluation of the site’s exposure
  • Sizes and dimension of components
  • Location of air terminals and coverage area
  • Conductor routing and connections
  • Earthing provisions

Supplying, installing, testing and commissioning

  • Provide labor, materials, products, equipment, and services
  • Installation and testing are carried out in accordance with international standards and code of practice.
  • Onsite or off-site risk management training and financial risk mitigation
  • All our manufactured and patented products comply with international standards

The lightning protection design consultancy services we offer with the years of expertise can reduce the exposure and susceptibility of the installations to lightning conditions and implement suitable protection measures.

Lightning Eliminators and Consultant inc., has been at the forefront of lightning protection design for many years and has contributed significant research on this natural phenomenon.

We thrive on excellence and being our best, we are always ready to assist anyone who needs help with a high quality, cost-effective solution for lightning and surge protection system and design.

Lightning Protection Is Not An Option.

Lightning Protection is easy to forget. Most people only think about it after a tragedy. We can only hope more people think about lightning protection in the calm before the storm.

Lightning protection has come a long way – technologically, practically and geographically. By assuming and actively engaging in an industry leadership position, Lightning Eliminators and Consultant Inc. continue to be at forefront of the industry’s drive for universal best practices and professional standards.

Spanning four generations, our brand has been synonymous with exceptional products, competitive prices and superior service standards strongly adhering to national and international standards.

Over the years we have mastered the art of total site and facility protection by designing and manufacturing site-specific grounding, lightning protection, and surge suppression systems. Done scientifically, our system provides solutions that secure operations, protect infrastructure and offer peace of mind.

Lightning has the power to tear through buildings, explode walls, disturb steel and ignite deadly fires. The cost of this damage can be enormous, not to mention deadly. The potential for losses due to equipment damage, business interruptions and personal injury caused by lightning can be a major expense for companies. A properly installed lightning protection system can minimize this threat to your business.

In short, there are three very good reasons to install and lightning protection system including surge protection – people, property and assets.

After more than 4 decades in the business, we are proud of our worldwide reputation for providing our customers with quality service, excellent value, delivered safely with a professional attitude.  The LEC advantage over the other vendors is our unique market leading experience, knowledge and expertise. We have an excellent library of technical articles, research papers, client success stories and product presentations that document the success of our patented lightning protection solution.

We have become a source of knowledge and intelligence for all aspects of lightning protection, control, and subsequent risk mitigation and management. Our combined real word operational experience, research, innovative product development and consulting services have enabled us to carve out a unique niche within the lightning prevention arena across a wide range of industries and governments both domestically and internationally.


Lightning Protection for Floating Roof Tank

Lightning is the leading known cause of fires in tanks. With the frequency of violent weather on the rise, lightning strikes are expected to increase by 15% during each summer season.

The cost can be catastrophic; and can include loss of product, equipment and production, to loss of life, business and goodwill; to lawsuits and increased regulatory scrutiny.

Floating roof tanks are especially vulnerable to the direct and indirect effects of lightning. A direct or a nearby lightning strike will cause electrical currents to flow across the tank shell and roof. The most likely strike location on an FRT is the top of the rim or the gauge pole.

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc’s experienced engineering team works collaboratively with your operations and engineering group to co-develop a standardized approach to protect your assets from the dangers of ignitions caused by lightning strikes and static discharge.

Our plan comprises of:

  • The structural lightning protection system
  • A lightning surge protection system
  • Trunkey installation
  • Annual inspection & preventative maintenance

Our lightning protection system will include our award-winning lightning protection Retractable Grounding Assembly (RGA) which reduces the risk of lightning damage and fire by creating a low-impedance bond between the roof and shell

It may also include an appropriately placed Dissipation Array System working on Charge Transfer technology. This terminal is connected with an appropriately sized lightning conductor network; it also bonds all the isolated metallic structures together. The lightning conductor further terminates into a low resistance low impedance grounding system.

Included in the plan is a coordinated SPD plan comprised of a layered defense of the best lightning surge protection approach in eliminating the destructive effects of lightning-induced transients.

Our installation team is highly trained to install the recommended system correctly, quickly and safely every time. Each person on the team is certified for safe practice, and is equipped with appropriate tools that are safe to operate in areas where the work is executed.

Finally, our group of inspectors independent of our installation team walks through the site and evaluate if the key points of ignition are appropriately protected. Photo documentation is also made available for review. The final report facilitates prompt corrective actions where necessary and eases maintenance of compliance records.

Our entire lightning protection system comes with a ‘no strike’ warranty if installed and maintained by us.

When lightning season peaks, proper lightning protection is imperative.

Protecting Your Industrial Assets - Lightning Protection System

A lightning protection system provides the peace of mind that comes from knowing that a potentially catastrophic problem has been dealt with proactively.

A lightning protection system is designed to protect a structure from damage by intercepting these strikes and safely passing their extremely high voltage to ground.

Lightning Protection Systems

Today, nearly every industrial site has sensitive computer-based components. These components are connected with power lines and data transfer lines for them to work effectively and perform their duties. Often times these components are isolated from each other but still connected by copper power cables and housed within the same structure. If a lightning strike were to affect any component in the chain, it will open an entire system of interconnected components to catastrophic failure.

Our defensive is called a lightning protection system.  A combination of systems that when installed in and around these facilities, attempt to either dissipate the strike to another area or, where it can’t be controlled, draws the strike to itself and safety grounds it and prevents the incidents of transient electrical flow that follows the strike.

These systems include a network of air terminals (DAS working on the principle of Charge Transfer technology), bonding conductors, ground electrodes, surge protection devices designed to protect the facility from the potential strike.

Lightning Protection Systems

Why do we need Lightning protection system?

  • Large surface areas and metal structures are more susceptible to being struck by lightning
  • Any damage to an equipment or machines will result in serious production problems and loss of services
  • Highly inflammable materials are more prone to a fire caused by an indirect lightning strike
  • It's an essential pre-requisite for insurance companies to cover the cost of an incident and reduce the cost of the policy.

What are the services offered by LEC?

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. specializes in providing integrated lightning protection system - prevention products, solutions, and services, utilizing the innovative charge transfer technology, grounding system engineering, surge protection design and consultancy services. Additionally, we are the only ones in the industry to provide a ‘no strike’ warranty on our DAS solutions, when installed, maintained and supervised by us.

Our lightning protection system protects every industrial asset from damage caused by a lightning strike and static discharge. With our experienced engineering team, your plans to incorporate lightning protection system within your facility will comply with national and international standards.


Lightning Protection FAQ for Novice

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc., lightning protection system is a comprehensive coordinated approach to complete industrial protection caused by lightning and transient currents.

Let us provide you answers to your commonly asked questions.

Is lightning protection required?

Yes, it’s a necessity, a prerequisite for insurance. There are different types of lightning protection for different facility depending on the amount of protection required and geographical location of the facility among others.

Will lightning ever strike the same place twice?

Yes! Lightning can strike the same place over time. It can happen during a single thunderstorm or in a thousand years, however, it will eventually happen.

Why does electronic equipment get damaged during a lightning storm?

Today’s technology is extremely sensitive; microprocessors have zero tolerance to overvoltage. During a lightning strike, the massive electromagnetic field is generated by inducing potential surge into any cable it finds to ground itself.

Isn’t the purpose of lightning protection to prevent lightning from striking?

Nothing can prevent a lightning from striking. However, having said, our patented DAS technology is built to prevent a lightning from striking the protected area. In other words, the lightning does strike but not within the area of protection. On the other hand, lightning rods intercept a lightning strike, provide it with a low resistance path and safely ground it to earth.

Can electrician take care of a lightning protection system?

Lightning protection work should be performed by lightning protection specialist only. It’s a specialized trade requiring trained licensed technician with immense knowledge and expertise on multiple codes and specialized equipment. Remember an improperly installed lightning protection system is more dangerous than no lightning protection system at all. To ensure that a UPS is installed in accordance with national and international standards its imperative to hire an experienced lightning protection company.

Is surge protection necessary with a lightning protection system?

Surge protection is an integral part of any lightning protection system. Our patented technology, prevents a lightning from striking within a protected area but a surge protector enhances the protection level of sensitive electronics from overvoltage causing stray currents.

Do these lightning protection systems wear out?

They need to be maintained and repaired periodically. It’s highly recommended that our manufactured and installed LPS be visually inspected annually. And you need to maintain your equipment and ensure it is working properly at all times. We have customers that call to inspect their system after an incident has occurred, while there are others who do not examine the system and are shocked when a lightning strike hits them. It’s better to check and make proactive reviewing a regular practice than finding out the hard way.


Industrial Strength Lightning Rod Protection

Lightning may be unpredictable but implementing a proactive solution can lessen the risks lightning pose to your industry.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to utilize a combination of conventional lightning rods assisted by location specific lightning dissipators.

Lightning Rod Protection

Lightning rod protection has been around since Benjamin Franklin famously invented it in 1752. And a lot has changed since then.

For over 45 years, Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc., has been providing advanced Lightning protection systems worldwide. The all-new lightning rod protection system is an advanced air terminal which enhances conventional lightning rod protection.  It takes the view of avoiding a strike rather than collecting it.

Our system lowers the static field in the protected area long enough for the lightning strike to terminate outside the protected area. It works on charge transfer system (patented as the Dissipation Array System) which is a naturally occurring, scientific phenomena to prevent the build-up of ground charge to the value necessary to trigger a strike within the protected area.

Let’s compare the two

The standard lightning rod protection system works on the principle of placing rods on the highest point of a structure for the purpose of attracting lightning strike and harmlessly neutralizing it to the ground through a robust conduction system.

Lightning Rod Protection

Our patented Dissipation Array system does just the opposite.

It dissipates the charge that accumulates in the atmosphere near the structure and lowers the energy needed to create a strike, thereby avoiding the strike altogether.

The DAS system is becoming more popular in critical facilities where downtime will be too costly or it is within a physically explosive zone. While other areas can still use the lightning rod protection systems.

LEC has over 40 years’ experience and success in minimizing the effects of lightning.   In addition, we provide the only ‘no strike’ warranty in the industry on our DAS solutions, when installed, maintained and supervised by us.

Our team of highly trained engineers and solution specialist continuously consult with companies, conduct a lightning risk assessments and provide recommendation and strategies.

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About Us

Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc. (LEC) serves its clients by installing and maintaining lightning protection systems (LPS), and prevention solutions. Equipped with over four decades of experience, LEC has provided successful support to over 90 countries and throughout the United States.