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April 13, 2012

L-com Unveils New Telephone Lightning Protector Unit

Lightning is a natural phenomenon with destructive power. It is estimated that nearly $4-$5 billion of material damage is caused by lightning in the U.S. only. Even though it is a natural phenomenon, shape of the structures and objects and its conducting properties contribute in attracting the lightning.

As a result, protection against lightning is nowadays systematically applied to populated areas and industrial sites by making use of lightning protection systems. Consequently, the demand for protection systems has considerably increased. It is estimated that this market amounted up to $695.5 million last year.

In an effort to provide the communications industry with a cost-effective and an efficient lightning protector solution, L-com, Inc. – a designer and manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products – has rolled-out a new Telephone/DSL/T1 lightning protector, HGLN-D2T, which can deliver high-power protection to two lines with a single protector.

"Among all the signal cables in commercial buildings, the telephone, DSL, and T1 lines are usually the most extensive and therefore most vulnerable to transient voltages," said Patrick Pesa, director of product management, L-com (News - Alert), in a statement. "We've therefore spent a lot of time designing and producing lightning and surge protectors for those lines, giving us one of the broadest product offerings in the industry for this application."

According to L-com, the new Telephone/DSL/T1 lightning protector unit HGLN-D2T is the twentieth item added to the company’s extensive product line including Telephone/DSL/T1 lightning protectors with RJ11 jacks, punch-down terminals, and screw terminals; for indoor, outdoor, and industrial applications; and in forms for rack-mounting, wall-mounting, and in-wall electrical box mounting.

Officials with L-com said in a press release that the new offering HGLN-D2T complements the HGLN-DT model by protecting two lines instead of one at the same price. Ideal for indoor installations, it can provide high-power protection.

Incorporating a single pair of RJ11 jacks (one for input, and one for protected output) in an industrial grade cast aluminum body with integral mounting feet that can be shelf-mounted or wall-mounted, the new HGLN-D2T uses three terminal differential gas discharge tubes to provide protection for two separate lines with a clamping voltage of +/- 230 volts.

Officials with L-com said that the company will manufacture and stock the new lightning protector in its Florida, USA production and warehouse facilities.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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