A Comprehensive Understanding of Lightning Protection Systems

16 Aug, 2018 | By- LoneStar
A Comprehensive Understanding of Lightning Protection Systems


At Lone Star Lightning we are responsible for providing state-of-the-art lightning protection systems that are supposed to prevent damage from lightning strikes to your property. Lone Star has not become one of the most trusted brands in the industry in America without good reason. It is our drive to produce and develop cutting-edge lightning protector equipment that offers protection to both residential as well as commercial establishments from lightning strikes.

However, it is our understanding that a lot of our customers and prospective customers do not have a clear idea about how a lightning protector system functions. Or what are its limitations and what are the best practices for maximising its efficiency. The following passages may offer some explanation.

What is a lightning protector system?

A lightning protector system is a gift of modern electrical engineering that mostly banks on pioneering scientist Benjamin Franklin’s ‘Kite Experiment’. A lightning rod or protection system siphons the charge from a lightning strike. It then redirects the charge using a network of cables and grounding rods that offer a non-resistive path to the ground. This way, the entire electrical burst is carried to the ground without any impact on the surrounding objects. It prevents loss of life, damage to property prevents fire-incidents and disruption of services like telephone and electricity.

What do lightning protection systems comprise of?

Lightning protector systems comprise of three essential parts that are responsible for protecting your establishment from lightning strikes. At Lone Star Lightning we ensure all our products consist of these components to provide a comprehensive security system against lightning. These components are:

  1. Rods

The rods act as a terminal for a lightning discharge. They are available in a variety of sizes and designs for customised lightning protection requirements. However, the general design comprises a pointed needle or a polished sphere at the top.

  1. Conductor cables

These cables are responsible for carrying the siphoned charge from the lightning rod to the ground. They run along the edges of the roof and down the corners of the building, all the way to the ground.

  1. Ground rods

Under the ground surface, the conductor cables connect with the ground rods to provide a safe place to discharge the lightning strike. They must be installed away from telephone, electricity or water lines to prevent any inadvertent accidents.

Common myths about lightning rods and systems

Lightning protectors prevent lightning

Lightning is a natural phenomenon. It cannot be prevented merely by an artificial electrical system.

Lightning protector systems can manipulate where lightning strikes

A natural phenomenon like a lightning strike cannot be manipulated with an artificial system. The likelihood of lightning hitting your premise remains the same after installing a lightning protector system, as it would be in the absence of a lightning protector system.

Lightning protector systems can protect indoor electrical equipment

Indoor electrical equipment cannot be protected from lightning strikes. To safeguard indoor equipment, one would have to install surge dampeners at individual switchboards to prevent power surges.

Lightning protection is not a casual matter. To maximize the efficiency and security offered by our equipment, we advise our customers to have realistic expectations from Lone Star Lightning protector equipment and have it installed by a certified engineer.