How Does a Lightning Protection System Work? Explanation by TAKO since 1979

TAKO since 1979: How Does a Lightning Protection System Work?

Lightning protection systems are crucial to protect a structure from lightning damage safely. TAKO is a leader in explaining and setting up these systems to protect buildings and the people inside them. This article explores how does a lightning protection system works.

Introduction to Lightning Protection Systems

Importance of Lightning Protection

Lightning strikes can cause fires, damage buildings, and disrupt electricity, which can lead to financial losses and harm people. Lightning protection systems help reduce these risks by guiding lightning safely away from buildings and equipment, preventing damage. It can also act as a fire protection caused by lightning hits and surges.

TAKO’s Expertise since 1979

Since 1979, TAKO has been a top provider of lightning protection. We create custom solutions for each customer. With over 40 years of experience, TAKO is a trusted name in total lightning protection.

Understanding Lightning Strikes

How Does a Lightning Protection System Work to protect property

The Nature of Lightning

Lightning is a sudden electrostatic discharge that occurs within clouds or between a cloud and the ground. Thunderstorms often cause it by building up and discharging electrical energy in the atmosphere.

Risks Associated with Lightning Strikes

Lightning strikes can result in fires, structural damage, and injury or death to humans and animals. Additionally, lightning-induced surges can damage electronic equipment and disrupt power supply systems.

Components of a Lightning Protection System

Lightning Rods

Lightning rods are also known as air terminals and lightning arresters. They are metal rods placed at the highest points of buildings. They act as lightning protector, attract lightning strikes, and guide the lightning safely to the ground.

Also read: Difference Between Lightning and Surge Arrester


Conductors, such as copper or aluminium conductor cables, connect lightning rods to grounding systems. They facilitate the flow of lightning current away from the structure and into the ground.

Grounding Systems

Grounding systems consist of conductive materials buried deep into the ground. They provide a low-resistance path to the ground for the lightning current to dissipate harmlessly into the earth.

Surge Protection Devices

Surge protection devices in electrical systems shield against sudden voltage spikes from lightning. They redirect extra voltage from delicate equipment, prevent lightning damage, and avoid harm and interruptions.

How Does a Lightning Protection System Work?

How Does a Lightning Protection System Work diagram
From ‘Lightning, Lightning Protection and Test Standards

Detection of Lightning Strikes

We use lightning detection sensors to track the electromagnetic signals from lightning strikes. These sensors help us determine how far away and how strong a lightning strike is. This helps us give warnings quickly and activate protection systems.

Diversion of Lightning Current

When a lightning strike occurs, the lightning rod intercepts the strike and provides a low-resistance path for the lightning current to follow. This prevents the current from damaging the structure or causing electrical fires.

Dissipation of Electrical Energy

The grounding system helps release electrical energy into the ground safely. It prevents electrical surges from building up in the structure and lowers the risk of damage from lightning strikes and the risk of fire.

Role of TAKO in Lightning Protection

TAKO since 1979 as the Best Lightning Protection System Provider

TAKO’s Customized Solutions

TAKO offers customized lightning protection solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of each customer. Whether it’s a commercial building, industrial facility, or residential property, TAKO provides comprehensive protection against lightning strikes.

Experience and Expertise in the Industry

TAKO has provided reliable lightning protection solutions for more than 20 years. Their team of experts is committed to ensuring the safety and security of their customers’ properties.

Effectiveness of Lightning Protection Systems

Case Studies and Examples

Lightning protection systems keep buildings safe from lightning strikes. They work well in residential homes, buildings, open spaces and even industrial complexes.

Lightning protection systems warn about lightning strikes and steer lightning away from buildings, reducing damage and injuries. They safeguard property, assets, and lives.

Certification and Compliance

Malaysian Standards (MS IEC 62305)

TAKO’s lightning protection solutions comply with Malaysian Standards (MS IEC 62305), ensuring that they meet industry regulations and guidelines. This certification assures customers that their lightning protection systems are top-quality and reliable. It gives them peace of mind.

Compliance with Regulations

TAKO’s lightning protection solutions meet Malaysian Standards and other important regulations. This ensures they comply with local authorities and regulatory bodies.


In conclusion, installing lightning protection systems is vital for keeping buildings, gear, and people safe from lightning strikes. TAKO offers expert solutions tailored to customers’ needs, ensuring their properties stay safe from lightning damage.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How does lightning protection work?

Lightning protection works by providing a low-resistance path for lightning. The lightning will travel safely to the ground, thus preventing damage to structures or equipment.

What is the lightning protection system method?

The lightning protection system method involves installing lightning rods or air terminals at high points of a structure. These terminals will then connect with conductors to ground rods buried deep in the earth.

How does a lightning arrester stop lightning?

A lightning arrester stops lightning by diverting the excessive voltage caused by a lightning strike. It diverts the surges to the ground, protecting electrical systems from damage.

What are the three basic components of lightning protection?

The three basic components of lightning protection are air terminals (lightning rods), conductors, and ground rods.

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