Whether you are a football fan or not, most of us watch the "biggest game of the year" either for the game or the commercials. For those of us that were watching the Super Bowl last weekend, we were able to see just what happens when a power disturbance occurs and you are not prepared for it....the lights go out.
Right after we watched Jacoby Jones run a 108 yard kickoff return back for a touchdown the lights went out in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. You would think that a company that builds some of the most prestigious cars on the planet would make sure that the stadium they put their name on was built and protected with the latest and greatest equipment money could buy, right?
I have been preaching about power quality and surge protection for years and yet we see that this can even effect what is now being called the "Blackout Bowl", and for good reason. If the people in charge of this stadium would have installed surge protection equipment, the effects of the surge would have been minimized to a less severe event. In fact, if the surge equipment would have been strategically installed at the right locations, they probably would not even noticed the effects of the power event and the game would have gone off without a hitch. Instead, they experienced a 34 minute delay for breakers to be reset, for the power to be restored and for those stupid lights to warm back up so they would be at full brightness for the game to proceed.
Surge Protection equipment works when installed correctly, applied correctly and located in the right place. That said, I cannot think of a home, business, factory, hospital, school or even sports arena that would not benefit from the installation of SPD's. Think about it people, companies spent millions to advertise during the Super Bowl to promote their goods, we had 34 minutes of FREE advertising about the issues of power quality, the adverse effects of a spike or surge and what we should be doing about it.
What the kids said in the 90's.....WORD