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#127940 - 03/21/02 04:44 PM Surge suppresion
Rabbit Offline

Registered: 01/01/02
Posts: 61
Loc: Kingsport Tennessee
Has anyone ever installed surge suppresion on an entire building? The building in question is a movie theater. 480v 1200a service. Also would you buy a single lightning strike frying every single pole light ballast in an entire parking lot, as well as some equipment inside?

#127941 - 03/21/02 06:19 PM Re: Surge suppresion
Ron Offline

Registered: 03/13/02
Posts: 577
Loc: White Plains, NY
Sure, sounds possible.
Surge suppression at the service is a great possible solution. Also check lightning protection in the area.

#127942 - 03/21/02 06:27 PM Re: Surge suppresion
circuit man Offline

Registered: 11/05/01
Posts: 287
Loc: saluda,s.c.
well if can run down a tree jump on a telephone wire & burn it off the wall(saw this happen twice). you may also find the wire missing to the for surge suppresion. ive seen some out there. ERWIN

#127943 - 05/27/02 06:07 AM Re: Surge suppresion
Frank Cinker Offline

Registered: 07/29/01
Posts: 317
Loc: Pennsylvania
Use a surge arrestor at the service, NEC 280. Use TVSS (Transient voltage surge suppressors) NEC 285 at your various sub-panelboards.

#127944 - 05/27/02 12:24 PM Re: Surge suppresion
George Corron Offline

Registered: 05/16/01
Posts: 728
Loc: Lorton, Va USA
TVSS is made by all the leading manufacturers as well as many after market people. Check out Power Quality's website.

As for your ballasts, sure, seen that a bunch. fuse each one at the bottom of the pole base at just above the normal draw takes care of a lot of the problem, you may lose a fuse occasionally, but rarely anything else. Made by AB Chance, Cutler hammer, and Bussman, I think Bussman makes the best ones.


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