Lattice lightning tower

Lightning Tower

Lattice lightning tower

A lattice lightning tower, often constructed as a tall, narrow, and freestanding structure, is specifically designed to protect facilities and equipment from lightning strikes by safely directing the electrical discharge into the ground. These towers are crucial for safeguarding critical infrastructure, such as communication towers, electrical substations, and industrial plants. Let's explore the key aspects of lattice lightning towers:

Design and Construction

Lattice lightning towers are characterized by their triangular or square lattice frameworks made of steel or aluminum. This design offers several advantages:

- Strength and Durability: The lattice structure provides a high strength-to-weight ratio, making the tower capable of withstanding high winds and adverse weather conditions.

- Reduced Wind Resistance: The open framework minimizes wind resistance, reducing the risk of tower collapse during storms.

Height and Placement

- Height: The height of a lightning tower is determined based on the area it needs to protect, following the "cone of protection" model, which suggests that a tower can protect an area with a radius approximately equal to its height.

- Placement: Strategic placement is crucial for maximizing the protection zone. Towers are often placed at the highest point within the area to be protected or near sensitive equipment.

Grounding System

A critical component of a lightning tower is its grounding system, which safely disperses the lightning strike into the earth. This system typically includes:

- Ground Rods: Long metal rods driven into the ground, connected to the tower base.

- Conductors: Heavy-gauge copper or aluminum wires that connect the tower to the ground rods, ensuring a low-resistance path to earth.

Maintenance and Inspection

Regular maintenance and inspection are essential for ensuring the effectiveness of a lightning tower. This includes checking the structural integrity of the tower, the condition of conductors, and the effectiveness of the grounding system.


Lattice lightning towers are widely used in various sectors, including:

- Telecommunications: Protecting communication towers and equipment.

- Power Generation and Distribution: Safeguarding electrical substations and power lines.

- Industrial and Commercial: Protecting buildings, factories, and other facilities.

In summary, lattice lightning towers play a pivotal role in lightning protection strategies. Their design and construction are tailored to offer maximum protection, ensuring the safety and continuity of operations in lightning-prone areas.

ProductLattice lightning tower
MaterialNormally Q345B/A572, Minimum Yield Strength ≥ 345 N/mm² Q235B/A36, Minimum Yield Strength ≥ 235 N/mm². OR Q420 Q460 ASTM A572 GR65, GR50, SS400
Height10M-60M or according to client’s request.
Surface treatmentHot dip galvanized Following ASTM A 123, BS729 or as client required.
connectionSlip joint, flanged connected,or bolt connection
StandardISO 9001:2008
Length of per sectionWithin 14 meter when forming
Welding StandardAWS (American Welding Society ) D 1.1
Thickness1 mm to 36mm
Production ProcessRaw material test → Cutting →bending →Welding (longitudinal )→Dimension verify →Flange welding →Hole drilling →sample assemble → surface clean→ Galvanization or powder coating ,painting →Recalibration →Packages
PackagesPacking with plastic paper, bundle,wooden box or steel box or according to client’s request.

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