Surge Protect Gates and Self-Parking

Driveway gates are notorious for having lightning and surge damage to their motors and keypads. In both residential and commercial contexts, surge protection for gate equipment is indispensable. It ensures security, seamless access control, cost savings, enhanced safety, and elevated property value. Investing in Transient Protection Design surge suppression enhances convenience, safety, and financial well-being for homeowners and businesses alike. Unlock the potential of your gate equipment with reliable surge protection. Use TPD surge protection devices to protect gates, keypads, and all copper pathways to and from the gate controller and opener (power, coax, data, and phone).

How to Protect Gates

Protect Breaker Panels Feeding Gates
• Install a TPX-1S240-F-100 inside the structure on the breaker panel feeding the gate. This will protect the electronics in the structure from surges coming in on the gate feed.

• If your gate has a breaker panel, install the TPX-1S240-F-100 at the gate panel.

Protect Gates Powered by an Individual Circuit from the Nearest Structure
• If your gate is fed from a 120 volt circuit, install the TPD-LT120-30A-DIN2 at the gate.

Protect Gates Using Communication Over a Copper Wire
• You can protect either the gate end or the structure end, depending on what you want to protect and where you have room to install surge protectors.

• For network wiring, install the TPD-CAT6 at both the house and gate end.

• Install the TPD-CAT6-POE in front of the network switch feeding the POE camera for POE cameras at the gate.

• Install the TPD-24LIT4 in front of the gate sensing system for driveways and sensor protection.

Gate surge protection can be easy. Above are a few units that may fit your application depending on what was used to power and communicate with the gate. Protecting the power feed to the gate is the first thought when protecting a gate. The gate could be powered by its own breaker panel or, more commonly, there is a 120V circuit coming from a nearby building or home. Protecting communication wires to the gate can be done at both ends of the wire depending on what you want to protect. The farther the gate is from the structure communicating with it, the more chances of having problems on that line. For more information on how to protect you gate call today!


The Importance of Surge Protecting Gates

Surge protection for gate equipment, whether guarding your home or securing your business, plays a pivotal role in safeguarding your investments and ensuring seamless operations. Dive into the critical reasons why surge protection is your partner in convenience, security, and financial well-being:

Convenience, Security, and Access Control
In residential settings, gates offer convenience and bolster security by regulating access to the property. Commercial facilities rely on gate equipment as a vital component of their security and access control systems. Surges can disrupt daily routines and compromise security, potentially granting unauthorized access. Surge protection ensures uninterrupted access control and peace of mind.

Protect Expensive Equipment
Gate systems feature intricate components like motors, control boards, and access control devices, all of which come with a hefty price tag for repair or replacement. Transient Protection Design surge suppression filters act as a guardian, shielding these valuable assets and reducing maintenance expenses.

Minimize Downtime
Gate equipment failures are inconvenient for homeowners and business owners alike. Unplanned downtime can disrupt daily operations. TPD surge protection steps in as a reliable guardian, ensuring that gates operate without interruption, preventing unnecessary downtime, and the disruptions that come with it.

Enhance Safety
Gate equipment often incorporates safety features, such as photoelectric sensors or safety loops, to prevent accidents. Surges have the potential to damage these critical safety components, jeopardizing the well-being of people and vehicles near the gates. TPD surge protection safeguards these safety systems, reducing the risk of accidents or injuries.

Preserve Property Value
Well-maintained gate systems not only enhance security but also elevate the overall value and curb appeal of residential properties. TPD contributes to the longevity and functionality of these systems.


Why Do Gates Get So Much Lightning?

Gates are notorious for having lightning and surge damage to their motors and keypads. Why is this? Having a gate connected to a home’s electrical system is about the same as having a lightning rod in the middle of the yard. It’s going to get hit by lightning. If not today, someday! The power from the house to the gate is a direct pathway to the unprotected gate motor. The further the gate is from the house, the more potential there is for lightning to strike. Whether there is a direct strike or a nearby strike (up to a ¼ mile away), lightning may get on to the power line from the house to the gate. These surges can go towards the house as well as the gate motor, so it is advisable to install a suppressor on the electrical panel in the house feeding the gate. Lightning surges can also get onto the communication lines to the gate damaging both the keypad and house-end electronics. Some gates have an even larger chance of getting struck by lightning because of the metal fence that is connected to the gate. That fence is another lightning attractor system. Gated communities are spending tens of thousands of dollars a year on service calls on gates for these unprotected pathways.