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Installing a lightning protection system nearly always makes good sense for the property owner. And installing these systems can be a lucrative business for the electrical contractor.
Unfortunately, this market space has its share of “snake oil salesmen.” We’ll address some myths and facts about lightning protection. Whether you already do this work or not, you should find this insight helpful.
We’ll also look at the place lightning protection occupies. Contrary to a popular myth, it does not actually protect a structure from lightning. At least not totally. It is an essential part of an engineering approach to protecting a structure and its contents from lightning and lightning-induced transients.
If you do a lightning protection system job but the customer doesn’t have a layered Transient Voltage Suppression System inside, you’ve left money on the table. And you’ve left your customer with inadequate protection that may lead to a callback when the system you installed “didn’t work” even though it did exactly what it was designed to do.
After getting this foundation in place, we’ll look at specifics. What do the standards say, and how can you cost-effectively follow them? How can you avoid late-project mistakes? How can you avoid late-project design changes? What can you do to ensure your guarantee doesn’t give you sleepless nights?
Lightning protection is increasingly important. Are you qualified?