Lightning damage can be very severe, very unpredictable, very costly and can occur more often than most realize.
According to a published 2009 report from The National Lightning Safety Institute, lightning damage is responsible for an estimated $5 billion in insurance losses annually. These losses cover both business and residential scenarios.
It's safe to say, much of the damage is to electrical and electronic equipment. It is also safe to say much of this damage could have been avoided or mitigated with the proper lightning surge protection systems in place.
the right surge protection products, placed in the right locations, with the right installations, are an
integral part of a lightning surge protection system. It's important to understand, not all SPDs provide the same level of protection.
The pictures below show real examples of damage resulting from unprotected electrical and electronic systems.
Since the occurrence of this damage, measures have been taken to protect these and additional systems using High Quality, High Performance surge protection equipment.
Using the best surge protector options could have protected against these lightning induced damages.
The two images above are front and back views from a damaged circuit board. Notice the burn in the lower left corner of the left image. The second image shows the same damage from the back side of the circuit board.
These two images show a similar circuit board with different damage. Like the previous pics, the images are views of both front and back. Notice the burn damage on the center circuits near the bottom of both circuit board images.
The above examples represent thousands of dollars in equipment damage alone. Down-time, repair costs and lost revenue add up. This preventable damage and related costs reached tens of thousands of dollars.
Preventative action should be taken to protect electrical equipment and electrical systems by installing Lightning Surge Protectors. However, they need to be the Right SPDs in the Right Locations to deliver the Right Results.
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Protecting against large transients, especially lighting generated events, robust surge suppressors with high kA ratings, Discrete All-Mode-protection and Circuit Encapsulation provide a distinct advantage over competing devices.
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