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Beyond Light – Meet the Lighting Columns of the Future

Lightning consists of an electric discharge in a long air-gap involving an electrostatic phenomenon of breakdown of the air between cloud and earth. In this case, it is clear that an enormous voltage is involved, which means a huge amount of energy.

The Design of an External Lightning Protection System

An effective lightning protection system is mainly composed of two forms (i.e., internal and external) of protection systems, depending on their functionality. External lightning protection systems include different design methodologies to protect structures or buildings, as well as open areas and people from direct lightning strikes.

An Overview of the Key Elements of a Lightning Protection System

A lightning protection system encompasses a wide range of external and internal elements and components that work in tandem to achieve a singular purpose. From air termination to earthing and everything else in between, Kingsmill Industries is always ready to assist you in finding the best solution that fits your needs.

Lightning Protection Systems

For safety reasons, lightning protection systems must also react to any induced electrical potential such as that developed on the ground surface around the point of current injection. Therefore, the protection system may differ from one system to another according to multiple factors such as the system to be protected and transient source.

Global Warming’s Catastrophic Effects Set to Increase Lightning Storms

Global warming is spiralling out of control. Heatwaves and fires that occurred once every 50 years are happening every decade. Lightning storms now occur more regularly in the middle of summer and more chaotically in winter.

Characteristics of Lightning Discharges

Lightning is mostly a consequence of the development of a convective weather system to a certain magnitude, with strong links to the development of discharge processes within the system. An air volume can be uplifted in an unstable convective condition, taking part in the development of cumulonimbus.

The Understanding of Lightning Discharge Mechanisms

Every day, an average of around 8 million lightning strikes discharges over the earth, which is the equivalent of about 100 lightning bolts that strike the Earth’s surface every second. Lightning detection and monitoring are very important to improve public safety, warn of potential wildfires, and protect electrical systems.

How Do Air Terminals Work?

Air Terminals are the metaphorical tip of the iceberg in a lightning protection system. Despite being relatively small in appearance, air terminals protect buildings and residential areas during thunderstorms by acting as the interception point for lightning strikes.

Reduction of Earthing Resistance

A requirement is to ensure that buildings are provided with lightning and surge protection systems in accordance with national and international standards. There are a large number of ways in which lightning and surges can interact with electronic equipment

Lightning Protection and Safety

Lightning is one of the leading cause of death from natural disasters, behind only floods and earthquakes as the deadliest phenomena in the world.

Resistance and Impedance of Earthing Systems

Effective earthing system is essential to ensure the safety of people and reliable operation of the whole group of electrical installation.

Does Kingsmill Industries offer Lightning Protection Masts?

You will be happy to note that we at Kingsmill Industries have an enviable range of Lightning Masts, or as some people might know them, Lightning Interception Poles.

Measurement Guide for Soil Electrical Resistivity

Soil electrical resistivity represents a key factor in the design of appropriate earthing systems because of its direct proportionality with the earthing resistance.

The KingsWeld Exothermic Welding Process

Exothermic welding is an aluminothermic (chemical) reaction that takes place between an aluminium powder and a metal oxide, or in the case of your copper earthing system, a copper oxide.

The Brand of Choice

Everything that we do aims to deliver a brand that not only we recommend, but one that you will constantly choose for all your earthing and lightning protection needs. We are the brand of choice, and we hope that you are able to see all the reasons why!

Benefits of a Surge Protection Device

Understanding the benefits of a surge protection device in today’s world is important. As we aim to make economical choices to protect our structures from the impact of Global Warming.

Earth Bars: The Common Point

Earth Bars are the common point to group together your Earth continuity and equipotential bonding conductors to create a connection to the external earthing system.

Conductive Aggregates and Earth Resistivity

Conductive Aggregates help achieve a low resistant Earth Termination Network reading, but Marconite is the best all-around performer.

Five Lightning Myths Debunked

we gathered five commonly known myths, and debunked them to keep you aware of the best ways to stay safe when it comes to lightning.

The General Guide to an Earthing System

The purpose of an earth termination network or “earthing system”, is to provide a low impedance pathway for both electrical fault and lightning discharge currents to safely dissipate into the ground. At Kingsmill Industries, we stress that the continuous and consistent operation of your earthing system is critical to ensure safety of the electrical installation, building occupants and electronic items contained within.

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