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Section 5.2.6

IEEE Guide for Residential Lightning Protection

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has published a basic guide to lightning protection, How to Protect Your House and Its Contents from Lightning. The guide is intended as an informal document, designed to help electricians, architects, technicians and electrical engineers understand the basic principles of lightning protection.

The guide starts with a discussion of basic lightning characteristics, and then continues to show how a combination of lightning rods and surge protectors can be used to protect both the building and the electronic gear in the building from the damaging effects of lightning. Different kinds of surge protectors and their applications are described. The emphasis is on protecting equipment such as TV sets, computers, and fax machines, where the equipment is connected to both AC power lines and signal wiring.

The guide was written by Richard L. Cohen, Doug Dorr, James Funke, Chuck Jensen, and S. Frank Waterer, all members of the IEEE Surge Protection Devices Committee, which is responsible for IEEE standards on lightning and surge protection. It can be downloaded free as a 1.1-MB PDF file.

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