The first lightning protection system (LPS) went into operation over 250 years ago with the advent of the air terminal, also known as the lightning rod, attributed to Benjamin Franklin.
Since that time there have been other systems that have approached the lightning event in a different manner and as a result offered different solution concepts depending on the users' needs.
It is important to first discuss the lightning event itself, followed by whether a LPS should be implemented, the types of lightning protection systems and their methodology of protection, and the hybrid approach.
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