Flip the Switch – Why Surge Protect Lighting & Home Automation Systems?

Electricity is essential to our lifestyle.  So much of what we do at home, work and play depends on it.  When you flip the switch on a Crestron lighting system, you expect the lights to come on.  But, if you have not protected the electronic controls to the Creston lighting system with panel mounted surge suppression, the lights may not come on because the circuit boards in the controls have been damaged by surge or lightning activity.


Peace of mind! Safety! Security!  Failure to surge protect gates and keypads can negate the security the gate was designed to provide. The power feeds to the gate also leave unprotected pathways back into the house.  Clients should be given the option to protect both the gate and the house when the gate is being installed.  It is the client’s responsibility to protect his or her equipment, whether it is a gate keypad or a computer or a home theater, and it is the system integrator’s responsibility to show the homeowner how to protect it.

Everyone knows to protect computers and TV sets with rack mount or plug in strip surge suppression.  But, the hardwired Crestron controls that operate the lighting system in the home have the same type of sensitive circuit boards and chips as found in new computers and HDTVs.   But, unlike a computer or TV, you normally can’t protect the Crestron lighting controls with plug in suppression devices.   However, a strategic transient protection design system will!    By first starting with a power filter model TK-TTLP-1S240-FL panel mount suppressor can easily be installed on the panel feeding the lighting controls.  This same unit will also protect the homeowners investment in the LED lights, home automation system, and all other equipment fed from the protected panel.  The processor should also be protected from surges riding in on the landscape lighting or coming in on remote interface wires.  See an example design diagram protecting a lighting system here.


The power utility company supplies us with power to run light bulbs and motors.  The power utility is not responsible to supply computer grade power to run electronics.  Nor is the power utility responsible for what the equipment inside the home are doing to each other.  Helping the client understand this is beneficial to everyone involved on the job.  The Systems Integrator is dealing with every system in the house, and the house must deal with what mother nature throws at it.  No electrical system is perfect, and you equipment needs protection from lightning damage and internally generated transients that overtime  takes a toll on electronics.