Commercial Lightning Protection System
Design and Installation

What is involved in a commercial lightning protection system?

What it looks like: This diagram shows a commercial lightning protection system.


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Air Terminals (Lightning Rods):

Air terminals (or lightning rods) are made from solid copper or solid aluminum. They can be either blunt or pointed. Recent studies have indicated that blunt-tipped air terminals may be more effective (link to study). A typical copper air terminal has a diameter of 3/8 inch and will protrude 10 inches above the ridge cap or object being protected.

Surge Suppression:

Surge suppression devices are an essential component of a lightning protection system. Smokestack Lightning provides surge suppression devices for all incoming service lines including the electrical, telephone, cable, and satellite dish lines. All surge suppression devices must be installed by a licensed electrician in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC).

How do I obtain a quote for a lightning protection system?

Just email us ( a roof plan and side view plan (elevations) and/or photographs of the building. If needed, we could visit the site. We may also call to ask some specific questions about the property and then we will send a proposal/contract for the system installation.