What Happens When Your Home is Hit by Lightning?

October 22, 2020 Tripp Lite
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What happens when lighting strikes a house? A lightning bolt’s main objective is to find the path of least resistance between the storm cloud it originated from to its end point deep in the ground. Most houses have numerous potential routes for lightning to follow. These include gas and water pipes, electric lines, phone lines, cable TV/internet lines, gutters, downspouts, metal window frames and anything else that conducts electricity in a house. The potential damage to sensitive electronics such as PCs, laptops, TVs and home theater equipment is significant.

What is the Potential Power Surge Damage of Lightning Strikes?

If lightning chooses any of the house’s electrical wiring as its primary or secondary path, the explosive surge can damage even non-electronic equipment that is connected. Even if most of the lightning current takes other paths to ground, the home’s electrical system will experience enough of a surge to cause significant damage to anything connected to it, especially electronic equipment like computers, laptops, TVs, stereos and home entertainment systems.


Surge protectors are ideal for protecting sensitive home electronics from lightning strikes that produce power surges and spikes that can damage your PCs, laptops and accessories. They do not provide the additional battery backup protection of a UPS system, but are still a good investment if you want to safeguard home electronics against surge damage.

Top Benefits of Surge Protectors Designed to Protect Home Electronics

  1. Multiple outlets can protect a wide range of electronics from surge damage
  2. Available telephone, coaxial and Ethernet jacks can protect additional lines of connected electronics against surge damage
  3. Joule surge protection ensures devices are safeguarded against lightning strikes

Consider a surge protector for optimal protection against lightning strikes that cause damage to electronics, including TVs, home theater systems, computers, laptops and any other electronic device plugged into an AC outlet.


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