Sep 1, 1997 12:00 PM
Few people today give a tremendous amount of consideration to the necessarybut somewhat unexciting things in life. Unfortunately, it is often thosethings, when left unattended, that afford the greatest opportunity fordisaster.
This holds true for the electricity we use to power the equipment in ourhomes, studios, and businesses. Electrical power is subject to a number ofvariables over the course of its path from the generator to the intendedequipment. Power lines may be subject to adverse conditions. The wiring maybe archaic. Even when the most meticulous attention is devoted to cleaningup incoming power, intense thunderstorms bring lightning that can wreakhavoc with sensitive equipment. As imposing as all of this may seem, we arenot without countermeasures. Proper precautions, especially when coupledwith the right equipment, can be a formidable defense against potentiallydevastating electrical conditions.
It may be seen as somewhat ironic that the quality of something sofundamentally critical to the successful operation of almost every piece ofequipment is rarely given the consideration that it is due. It makes goodsense that when a client has a new home theater, intercom system, or liveperformance stage installed, he can be fairly certain that the very sameelectricity that powers his equipment does not, in turn, impair or evenseverely damage it. After reading the following feature articles ("PowerQuality and Grounding," "Which UPS Systems are Suitable for A-V?" "TheOrigin of Balanced Power," "Will my Surge Suppressor Work?") , you willlearn how to provide your client (and yourself) with that assurance, andyou will consequently be giving an often neglected aspect of installationthe attention that is so justly deserves.