Surge Protection for Elevators

NFPA Article 620.51 NEC 2020

Elevator with Technician


Today's increased reliance on very sensitive electronics makes surge protection an important topic for Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators, Moving Walks, Platforms Lifts and Stairway Chair Lifts. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety study found that $26 billion dollars was lost due to non-lightning power surges. In addition, there are about 25 million lightning strikes in the US each year that cause between $650M to $1B in losses according to the Insurance Information Institute, State Farm©.

NFPA 70, Article 620.51
"620.51 (E) Surge Protection. (Elevators) Where any of the disconnecting means in 620.51 has been designated as supplying an emergency system load, surge protection shall be provided."
Elevator Lift System

This page discusses how to best protect your Elevator System and all the associates components like Electrical Panelboard, Elevator Controls, Motors, Variable Frequency Drive (VFD), Safety Interlocks, Charge Controllers, Fire Curtains and other sensitive electronics.

The SPD Solution

Surge protection is a cost-effective solution to prevent downtime, improve system and data reliability and elimination of equipment damage due to transients and surges for both power and signal lines. It is suitable for any facility or load (1000 volts and below).

Selecting the appropriate SPD for your Elevator

NEC/NFPA 70 require that Surge Protective Devices (SPDs) be UL Listed. This means selecting a surge protector is easier than it has ever been. There are only a few choices available for SPD’s that are UL Listed for any of the most commonly used surge standards including UL1449 4th Edition, UL497B, and UL497E.

Main Service Panel | Elevator Control Panel

Recommended Surge Protectors for the Main Service Panel

LocationEquipmentSystemSurge Protector
Main-Panel Main Panelboard480Vac MDS750E-480D MDS750E-480D

Recommended Surge Protectors for the Elevator Control Panel

LocationEquipmentSystemSurge Protector Model#Link
ESS Control and Monitoring Cabinet Control Panel480Vac Power Input DS74US-480D DS74US-480D

P/S 120-240Vac
Power Input
DS72US-240T/NN DS72US-240TNN

P/S 24Vdc
Power Output
DS220S-24DC DS220S-24DC

Ethernet Cat 6A MJ8-C6A MJ8-C6A


Wireless P8AX09-6G-N/FF P8AX09-6G-N-FF

RS485 DLAS-12D3 DLA-24D3 v.2

4-20mA DLAS-24D3 DLA-24D3 v.2

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1NFPA 70 edition 2017, Article 620.51 Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators, Moving Walks, Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts
2NFPA 70 edition 2014, “Data Assessment for Electrical Surge Protective Devices”
3NFPA 70 edition 2014, Article 700.8
"A listed SPD (surge protection device) shall be installed in or on all emergency systems switchboards and panelboards."
4IEEE 1100 Emerlad Book Std 1100-2005 8.6.1
5ANSI C62.41, Low-Voltage AC Power Circuits
"The selection of SPDs typically depends on the location of device. The SPDs are recommended to be sized per IEEE C62.41 and IEEE C62.45 requirements to achieve proper coordination. SPDs should be listed to UL1449."
6UL1449 4th Edition, Surge Protective Devices
7UL1449 5th Edition, Surge Protective Devices
8UL497B, Surge Protectors for Data Lines and Fire-Alarm Circuits
9UL497E, Antenna Lead-in Conductors
10IEC 61643-11, Low-Voltage Surge Protective Devices - Part 11: Surge Protective Devices Connected To Low-Voltage Power Systems - Requirements And Test Methods
11IEC 61643-21, Low Voltage Surge Protective Devices - Part 21: Surge Protective Devices Connected To Telecommunications And Signalling Networks - Performance Requirements And Testing Methods
12IEC 61000-45, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-5: Testing And Measurement Techniques - Surge Immunity Test
13CSA 22.2
14NOM-001-SCFI, Standard for Electronic Equipment
15NOM-003-SCFI, Electrical Products - Safety Requirements
16NOM-001-SCFI, Standard for Electronic Equipment
17NOM-003-SCFI, Electrical Products - Safety Requirements

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