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Surges are an often underestimated risk. These voltage pulses (transients) that only take a split second are caused by direct, nearby and remote lightning strikes or switching operations of a power utility.

Direct or nearby lightning strikes are lightning strikes into a building, in its close proximity or in lines entering the building (e.g. low-voltage power supply system, telecommunication and data lines). The amplitude and energy content of the resulting impulse currents and impulse voltages as well as the associated electromagnetic field (LEMP) considerably threaten the system to be protected.

The lightning current resulting from a direct lightning strike into a building causes a rise in potential of several 100,000 volts on all earthed devices. Surges are caused by the voltage drop at the conventional earthing impedance and the resulting potential rise of the building with respect to the environment. This is the highest stress on electrical systems in buildings.

In addition to the voltage drop at the conventional earthing impedance, surges occur in the electrical installation of the building and in the connected systems and devices due to the induction effect of the lightning electromagnetic field. The energy of these induced surges and the resulting impulse currents are lower that that of the direct lightning impulse current.

Remote lightning strikes are lightning strikes far away from the object to be protected, in the medium-voltage overhead line network or in its close proximity as well as cloud-to-cloud discharge.

Switching operations of power utilities cause surges (SEMP – Switching Electromagnetic Pulse) of some 1,000 volts in electrical systems. They occur, for example, when inductive loads (e.g. transformers, reactors, motors) are switched off, arcs are ignited or fuses trip. If power supply and data lines are installed in parallel, sensitive systems may be interfered with or destroyed.

Destructive transients in residential, office and administration buildings and industrial plants are likely to occur in, for example, the power supply system, information technology system and telephone system, control systems of production facilities via the fieldbus and controllers of air-conditioning or lighting systems. These sensitive systems can only be protected by a comprehensive protection concept. In this context, the coordinated use of surge protective devices (lightning current and surge arresters) is paramount.

The function of lightning current arresters is to discharge high energies without destruction. They are installed as close as possible to the point where the electrical system enters the building. Surge arresters, in turn, protect terminal equipment. They are installed as close as possible to the equipment to be protected.

With its product family for power supply systems and data systems, LSP offers harmonised surge protective devices. The modular portfolio allows cost-optimised implementation of protection concepts for all building types and installation sizes.

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Residential buildings

A variety of different power supply and information technology systems, as well as electronic terminal equipment, is used in modern residential buildings. These values must be protected.

Protection of safety and security systems

Protection of safety and security systems

Fire protection, burglary protection as well as emergency and escape route lighting: Electric safety systems must work reliably even during a thunderstorm.

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Office and administration buildings

Apart from power supply systems, reliably functioning information technology systems are indispensable for smooth operation in office and administration buildings.

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Industrial plants

Failure of production facilities as a result of lightning effects can have fatal consequences. Protection measures are essential to ensure the availability of industrial plants.