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Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc. (LEC) is dedicated to providing integrated lightning protection and lightning prevention products, solutions and services. In association with grounding systems engineering, testing and surge protection design LEC utilizes innovative patented charge transfer technology, providing comprehensive and integral consulting, assessment and design. All work-product is based on state of the art engineering principles and physics which has enabled LEC to successfully install and maintain lightning protection systems (LPS) and solutions that divert direct lightning strikes and protect against lightning’s secondary effects in over 70 countries, and throughout the United States for over 41 years. To learn more visit “About Lightning Protection”

Charge Transfer System (CTS)

A Charge Transfer System™ (CTS™) is a system intended to prevent a lightning strike from occurring within a protected zone or area. The CTS collects the induced charge developed by thunderstorm clouds from a designated protected area of the earth and transfers this charge through the ionizer into the surrounding air…read more

Charge Transfer Technology

See Charge Transfer System (CTS)

Dissipation Array System

Is an lightning protection system based on the principles of Charge Transfer Technology invented by Roy B. Carpenter in the early 1970’s. Lightning Eliminators and Consultants owns the patent on this product.

Earthing

The connecting of electrical equipment and wiring systems to the earth by a wire or other conductor The primary purpose of grounding is to reduce the risk of serious electric shock from current leaking into uninsulated metal parts of an appliance, power tool, or other electrical device

Grounding

The connecting of electrical equipment and wiring systems to the earth by a wire or other conductor The primary purpose of grounding is to reduce the risk of serious electric shock from current leaking into uninsulated metal parts of an appliance, power tool, or other electrical device.

Lightning Eliminators

is another term for a lightning protection system or the abbreviated name of the company known as Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc.

Lightning Protection

Means, such as lightning protection systems, lightning rods and lightning arresters, of protecting electrical systems, buildings, and other property and people from direct lightning strikes and its secondary effects.

Lightning Protection Design

The proprietary and comprehensive  plan and/or drawing completed by engineers specific to a facility’s needs, created to protect it against lightning strikes and lightning’s secondary effects incorporating a lightning protection system, grounding engineering and surge protection solutions.

Lightning Protection Products

Products manufactured specifically to protect against a lightning strike and its secondary effects.

Lightning Protection Services

Services such as Consulting, Engineering, Design, Recertification, Testing and Analysis specific to lightning-protection guidance and solutions.

Lightning Protection Systems  (LPS)

A lightning protection system is defined as a complete system of strike termination devices, conductors, grounding electrodes, interconnecting conductors, surge protective devices, connectors or fittings.

Lightning Rod

a metal rod or wire fixed to an exposed part of a building or other tall structure to divert lightning harmlessly into the ground invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1749 over 265 years ago.

Lightning Rod Systems

Lightning Protection Systems using Lighting Rods

Lightning Suppression System

Another term for Lightning Protection Systems (LTS)

Lightning Surge Protection

Surge protection devices (SPD) specifically used to protect electronics from the secondary effects of lightning, whereas temporary rise in voltage and current on an electrical circuit and voltage ranges are greater than 2000 volt and current ranges are greater than 100 ampere,  such as Transient Voltage Surge Suppressor (TVSS) and other devices. Surge protection usually follows guidelines set forth by organizations such as the IEEE.

Surge Protection

Is protection provided by a surge protector (or surge suppressor) which is a device designed to protect electronics from voltage spikes. A surge protector attempts to limit the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or by shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe threshold.

About

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Lightning Protection is becoming a necessity for any and all industries across the world. The rate, frequency and strength of lightning strikes along with storms are increasing.

Areas that do not normally experience a large number of lightning strikes are being hit more often and areas that do usually see major storms and heavy lightning are being hit harder and longer. The North eastern United States and Europe have seen an increased number of lightning strikes measurably in the last few years.

According to reports from Lloyds and the Insurance Information Institute lightning-related losses are up 15% from 2009 to 2010. In a 2006 study by Liverpool John Moores University, lightning accounts for 61% of all accidents in storage and processing activities. In North America, 16 out of 20 accidents involving petroleum products storage tanks were as a result of lightning strikes.  In, 2009 the National Lightning Safety Institute reported that lightning damage and related losses exceeded $5 billion. According to the Association of British Insurers in 2007 weather damage in the UK during a “normal” year, is likely to be double that of current years.

So now, more than ever is the time for assessing the risks associated with lightning strikes!

There is no cookie cutter approach to lightning protection and it involves more than just preventing a strike.  Each situation like each installation is unique and should combine protection from lightning’s primary effects (a lightning Strike) with its secondary effects (grounding/earthing/surge).  Without an all-inclusive approach and taking every aspect of vulnerability into account a facility is not truly protected. At lightning eliminators our expert consultants and/or engineers, depending upon the needs of the client, review each project taking into account all aspects and requirements of the area which needs protection ensuring that an expansive solution is provided. Working with your team we provide the client with whatever services they need to achieve complete lightning protection and success.

Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc. – About

Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc. (LEC) is dedicated to providing integrated lightning protection and lightning prevention products, solutions and services.  In association with grounding systems engineering, testing and surge protection design LEC utilizes innovative patented charge transfer technology, providing comprehensive and integral consulting, assessment and design. All work-product is based on state of the art engineering principles and physics which has enabled LEC to successfully install and maintain lightning protection systems (LPS) and solutions that divert direct lightning strikes and protect against lightning’s secondary effects in over 70 countries, and throughout the United States, for over 41 years.

Through products such as its proprietary Dissipation Array™ Systems (DAS™) and  the Retractable Grounding Assembly  (RGA™) for floating roof tanks LEC has protected the majority of Global 1000 companies from disaster and loss efficiently and sustainably across multiple industries which include but are not limited to the Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Power Generation, Energy, Biochemical, Chemical Manufacturing, Information Technologies, Nuclear Energy, Mining, Utilities, Shipping, Manufacturing industries and more.

Lightning Eliminators was founded in 1971 by Roy B. Carpenter, Jr., and still operates today under the guidance and supervision of the Carpenter Family in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.

Roy Carpenter served as a Chief Engineer for NASA’s Apollo Moon Landing Missions and the Space Shuttle design engineering teams. Lightning, a large and frequent problem at Cape Canaveral, led to the formation of Lightning Eliminators & Associates the precursor to Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc. established in order to study and apply engineering principles to lightning strike problems and setting out to design a lightning strike prevention system based on physics and taking into account the scientific study of point-discharge rather than guess work or mere observation as had been the oversight of the lightning protection community for well over 200 years.

After thoroughly studying the problems associated with lightning over time, LEC designed a charge transfer system (CTS) which utilizes the point discharge phenomenon.  Known as the Dissipation Array® System (DAS), LEC’s modular and engineered lightning protection devices have prevented lightning strikes and lightning damage at thousands of sites since LEC was founded and continue to do so today. LEC’s confidence in this solution has led LEC to extend a full no-strike warranty to each and every client who purchases a system and recertifies it every year. Over time, the success ratio or reliability of the charge transfer point discharge system stands at 99.87%, with over 60,000 system years of data on close to 3,500 installed systems.

In addition, complimentary lightning measurement devices supplement lightning protection by keeping clients informed of incoming storms, lightning and more. LEC is the source of knowledge and intelligence for all aspects of lightning strike prevention, control and subsequent risk mitigation and management. Over 150 years of combined real world operational experience, research, innovative product development and consulting services have enabled LEC to carve out a unique niche within the lightning strike prevention arena across a wide range of industries and governments, both domestically and internationally.

The LEC Advantage over the other vendors is our unique market leading experience, knowledge and expertise. We have an excellent library of technical articles, research papers, client success stories and product presentations that document the success of our patented solutions.  The LEC management team members are recognized experts in the field of lightning control and prevention, with a strong background of business and financial leadership.  We understand the need to justify and conduct a cost benefit analysis of any expenditure.  At the same time we also know, first hand, that any reasonable risk analysis will support exploring our products and services. The LEC Advantage is the heart and soul of our products and services. LEC technical development superiority, consulting services and solutions deliver.

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2013Manufacturing.net, “Maximizing Operational Reliability Through Lightning Protection” by Peter Carpenter November 2013Offshore Engineering, “Lightning protection eliminates strikes to offshore structures” by Peter Carpenter October 2013Texas Eagle Ford Shale Magazine, Texas Lightning Solved by Peter Carpenter September 2013Washington Post Blog-Small Business Advice “How to start exporting” by Avram Saunders August 2013Pipeline & Gas Journal - The Costliest Threat to Oil Tankers and Refineries - By Avram Saunders, July 2013Boulder County Business Report - Traveling the world to thwart lightning - By Heather McWilliams, July 2013InnovOil - Bright Idea, June 2013Washington Post - 'Small Businesses’ world is getting smaller', by J.D. Harrison, June 20, 2013Hazardous Cargo Bulletin - “Snap, crackle and stop” - By Holly Birkett, Editor, May 2013Powerin the Patch - Protect your assets from lightning strikes - By Mallory Clarkson, May 2013Oil & Gas Financial Journal - Protecting Against Catastrophic Lightning Strikes- by Avram Saunders April, 2013Cover: Houston Chronicle/FuelFix - Some Companies don't wait for lightning to strike - by Jeannie Kever March, 2013 Rigzone - Lightning Eliminators Seeks to Reduce Lightning Strikes - by Karen Boman, March 2013

2012
Cover: Mission Critical-When Lightning Strikes-By Peter Carpenter, December 2012Construction Executive-Protecting Industrial Facilities from Lightning-By Avram Saunders, November 2012Case Study: Electric Light & Power-Lightning Protection Keeps Critical Facilities Running-by Lee Howards, October 2012 Buildings-Lightning Protection: Making a Wise Investment for your Smart Grid-By Lee Howard, November 2012Oil,Gas & Petrochem-Dissipation Array Systems prevent direct lightning strikes, May 2012McMorrow Corporate Facilities Management Report-Lightning: The Overlooked Threat in Risk Mitigation, 2012

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Who Needs Lightning Protection?

Oil and Gas/Petrochemical
Refineries
Offshore/Platforms
Pipeline
Rigs
Terminals/Tank Farms
Hazardous Materials Facilities

Information & Communications Technologies
Data Centers
Broadcast Technologies
Telecommunications
Electrical Manufacturing
911 Call Centers

Utilities/Energy
Water Treatment/Waste Water
Transmission and Distribution
Power Generation
Nuclear Plants
Fossil Fuel
Substation

Facilities, Institutions & Transportation
Correction Facilities
Hospitals
Entertainment and Sports Arenas
Laboratories/Research Facilities
Universities
Airports
Shipping Ports
Transport Hubs

Industrial and Process Manufacturing
Wood and Lumber
Paper Mills
Automotive
Pharmaceuticals
Mines

Government, Military, and Defense Installations

The LEC Advantage

The LEC Advantage is the heart and soul of our products and services. LEC technical development superiority, consulting services and solutions implementations.

The LEC Advantage over the other vendors in the sector is our market leading experience, knowledge and expertise. We have an excellent library of technical articles, research papers, client success stories and product presentations that document the success of our patented solutions. The LEC management team members are recognized experts in the field of lightning control and prevention, with a strong background of business and financial leadership. We understand the need to justify and do costs benefit analysis of any expenditure. At the same time we also know, first hand, that any reasonable risk analysis will support exploring our products and services.

DAS™ No-Strike Warranty

LEC provides the only No Strike Warranty in the industry on our DAS™ solutions, when installed, maintained and supervised by LEC our DAS™ prevents direct strikes with a 99% success rate, minimizing the risks to facilities and operations. The benefits can be substantial: reduced downtime, reduced maintenance/repair costs, improved reliability, increased personnel safety and a healthier bottom line.

DAS™

The Dissipation Array ™ System (DAS™) prevents lightning strikes at thousands of sites in over 60 countries, with a 99.87% success rate measured over 60,000 system years. The DAS™ prevents lightning strikes by reducing the local, storm-induced electric fields, interrupting the formation of upward streamers and thus preventing lightning strikes in the protected area… read more

Catastrophe Prevention

LEC solutions are truly preventive, combining lightning prevention, protection, grounding and surge suppression to create an “Isolation Zone” that inhibits direct strikes to the protected site and minimizes the effects of any strikes nearby.

Financial Risk Mitigation

Our customers and prospects all have three primary areas of concern from a lightning strike: personnel safety, environmental impact (including human cost and suffering) and financial consequences. Every one of these elements can have a measurable financial impact, from interruption of business flow, breakdown of systems, loss of product and production and add-on costs such as disaster clean up, environmental impact lawsuits and Federal oversight costs.

Risk Management Training

The LEC Advantage Risk Training can be delivered on-site or off-site for large industry groups. Risk Training programs incorporates risk assessment, prevention guidance and recommendation, financial planning and an on-going program of advice and guidance post-implementation.

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LEC has over 3000 installations in more than 70 countries including almost every state in the United States.

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Lightning Eliminators is available worldwide

LEC products and services are available in every country worldwide except for Iran and North Korea which is presently prohibited by the U.S. Government.
If you have a project, no matter where it is located, LEC can do it. Please click on the appropriate button – For sales choose either Domestic (USA) or International (everywhere else) below. For non-product related requests choose General Inquiries and for communications choose Marketing.

Lightning Protection for Over 80 Countries and Growing

ANGOLA
ARGENTINA
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BALAERIC ISLANDS
BELGIUM
BRAZIL
BRUNEI
CAMBODIA
CANADA
CANARY ISLANDS
CHAD
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COSTA RICA
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ECUADOR
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ICELAND
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INDONESIA
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IRELAND
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JAMAICA
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KUWAIT
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MALAYSIA
MEXICO
MOROCCO
MOZAMBIQUE
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NEW ZEALAND
NIGERIA
NORWAY
PAKISTAN
PANAMA
PERU
PHILIPPINES
POLAND
PORTUGAL
QATAR
ROMANIA
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SABAH
SARAWAK
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SIERRA LEONE
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SLOVAKIA
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SPAIN
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TAIWAN
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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
TURKEY
UGANDA
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED KINGDOM
UNITED STATES
URUGUAY
VENEZUELA
VIETNAM
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