The importance of surge and lightning protection for the Small Office Home Office (SOHO) Market

By E Quick, Drive Control Corporation


Published in:

Electricity+Control, April 2014 (pages 8-9)



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The effects of unstable power, including voltage surges, dips and lightning strikes, will have severe damaging consequences on all electronic equipment in the Small Office Home Office (SOHO) market. In fact, voltage problems can potentially damage any equipment that uses electricity, from computers and printers to fridges, microwaves and other miscellaneous equipment. Lightning strikes have the potential to ‘blow’ equipment due to the massive surge in voltage they can produce. In addition, small dips and surges, common in South Africa’s unstable power environment, can degrade equipment over time, shortening the lifespan and ultimately resulting in damaged and premature failure of said equipment.

Some of this equipment has no particular impact on productivity and business in the Small Office Home Office (SOHO) market.. It costs money to repair or replace, and is an unforeseen expense in many instances. In addition, there is also a significant inconvenience factor involved. Should insurance claims need to be submitted, weeks can elapse before product replacements or the insurance pay-out is delivered.

When it comes to protecting sensitive equipment, such as IT equipment and other electronic devices, from the dangers of unstable power, a multi-layered solution is most effective. A UPS for servers, along with specialised surge and lightning protection for plugs, notebooks, data and phone lines, is the most effective.

However, users must examine their needs and the set-up of their office, and seek the assistance of power solution experts, in order to design the most effective and cost-effective surge and lightning protectionsolution for their business.


Take note

  • Lightning strikes can blow equipment, so surge and lightning protection is essential.
  • Damage to equipment caused by lightning leads to loss – in every sense in the Small Office Home Office (SOHO) market.
  • The Small Office Home Office (SOHO) market tends to regard full surge and lightning protection as an unnecessary expense.