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Surge Protection for Intelligent Light Pole

Intelligent LED Street Lights

Today's increased reliance on very sensitive electronics makes surge protection an important topic for LED Lighting. 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©.

Smart poles are also known as intelligent light poles include many other facilities apart from lighting including, 5G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Charger points, Environmental Sensors, Security Cameras as well as LED information displays.

The aim behind Smart Pole initiatives is to improve urban life through more sustainable integrated solutions and addresses city-specific challenges from different policy areas such as energy, security, mobility and transport, and Information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure. The high cost of Smart Pole implementation and the potential for damage due to power surges and lighting strikes make surge protection an imperative in assuring reliable and long-term operation of Smart Pole systems.

Immunity Against Surges

The latest release of ANSI C136.2-2017 provides surge protection requirements for luminaires and control devices. Based on performance requirements and transient immunity testing, these devices can be classified into three categories:

Exposure LevelSurge Rating
Typical6kV/3kA
Enhanced10kV/5kA
Extreme20kV/10kA

To maintain the expected ROI, end users should select luminaires that are designed, and fully tested to comply with ANSI C136.2-2017.

The ANSI C136.2-2017 standard can also be used as guideline for evaluating the surge immunity of other devices attached to the Smart Light Pole and in cases where internal protection is insufficient a reccommended Surge Protection Device should be installed to assure long and reliable performance.

LED Luminaire

This table shows the recommended C136.2-2017 transient immunity levels for common outdoor lighting applications:

Lighting Application Electrical Transient Immunity
6kV/3kA10kV/5kA20kV/10kA
Building entrance, building exteriorX
Parking garage, parking lot, tunnel X
Street roadway, Smart Pole, airport X

Selecting the appropriate SPD

Surge Protective Devices (SPDs) shall be UL1449 Type 4CA or better including Type 1, Type 2, Type 1CA and Type 2CA. Per ANSI C136.2-2017, it should be tested to the appropriate exposure level based on the application or installed location.

The UL1449 Type 4CA Surge Protective Devices (SPD) have undergone more stringent safety testing than UL1449 Type 5 Components including the critical abnormal overvoltage - limited current testing.

The LED luminaire is tested to ANSI C136.2-2017 with the SPD installed. The coordination of the SPD is key in making sure that the luminaire and control devices pass testing and not only the SPD passes by itself. CITEL can provide manufacturers with full C136.2 surge testing for all exposure levels in our surge laboratory in Miramar, FL.

Recommended Surge Protectors for
Intelligent Lighting Pole with 5G Wireless Radio

Recommended Surge Protectors for Intelligent Light Poles

LocationEquipmentSystemSurge Protector Model#Link
Smart
Light Pole
Primary Power
Supply to Pole
277Vac MLPXUVG-277S MLPXUVG-277S
Luminaire120-277Vac MLPXUVG-277S MLPXUVG-277S
AC Power Tap120-277Vac MLPXUVG-277S MLPXUVG-277S
5G Radio
Wireless
POE Mode A
Cat. 6A
MJ8-POE-A MJ8-C6A
Security
Camera
POE Mode A
Cat. 6A
MJ8-POE-A MJ8-C6A
Environmental
Sensing
Station
48Vdc
Input ​
DS230S-48DC DS230S-48DC
4-20mA DLA-24D3 DLA-24D3 v.2
RS-485 DLA-24D3 DLA-24D3 v.2

Recommended Surge Protectors for
Intelligent Light Pole with 4G Wireless Radio

LocationEquipmentSystemSurge Protector Model#Link
Smart
Light Pole
Primary Power
Supply to Pole
277Vac MLPXUVG-277S MLPXUVG-277S
Luminaire120-277Vac MLPXUVG-277S MLPXUVG-277S
AC Power Tap120-277Vac MLPXUVG-277S MLPXUVG-277S
4G Radio
Wireless
Up to
6.9GHz
P8AX09-6G-N/FF P8AX09-6G-N-FF
48Vdc Input
Power ​
DS230S-48DC DS230S-48DC
Security
Camera
POE Mode A
Cat. 6A
MJ8-POE-A MJ8-C6A
Environmental
Sensing
Station
48Vdc Input
Power ​
DS230S-48DC DS230S-48DC
4-20mA DLA-24D3 DLA-24D3 v.2
RS-485 DLA-24D3 DLA-24D3 v.2

References

#Title
1NFPA 70 edition 2020, Article 670 Industrial Machinery, 670.6 Surge Protection
2NFPA 70 edition 2014, “Data Assessment for Electrical Surge Protective Devices”
3NFPA 79 edition 2018
4NFPA 79 edition 2018, Annex C, Examples of Industrial Machines Covered by NFPA 79
5ANSI C62.41, Low-Voltage AC Power Circuits
6ANSI C136.2, Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment - Dielectric Withstand and Electrical Transient
7UL8801, Outline of Investigation for Photovoltaic (PV) Luminaire Systems
8UL1598, Luminaires
9UL924, Emergency Lighting and Power Equipment
10UL1449 5th Edition, Surge Protective Devices
11UL497B, Surge Protectors for Data Lines and Fire-Alarm Circuits
12UL497E, Antenna Lead-in Conductors
13UL508, Industrial Control Equipment
14IEC 61643-11, Low-Voltage Surge Protective Devices - Part 11: Surge Protective Devices Connected To Low-Voltage Power Systems - Requirements And Test Methods
15IEC 61643-21, Low Voltage Surge Protective Devices - Part 21: Surge Protective Devices Connected To Telecommunications And Signalling Networks - Performance Requirements And Testing Methods
16IEC 61000-45, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-5: Testing And Measurement Techniques - Surge Immunity Test
17CSA 107.1, General Use Power Supplies
18CSA 141, Emergency Lighting Equipment
19CSA 250, Luminaires
20NOM-001-SCFI, Standard for Electronic Equipment
21NOM-003-SCFI, Electrical Products - Safety Requirements

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