Blackout. The word that rushes into everyone’s mind when a power outage. to a complete or partial loss of electrical power in a specific area. This event can be a nuisance activities and operations. Whether that be a family movie night or a business.
No lights for right?
A blackout is just one of the many power problems that can occur, allin annoyance and severity. Let’s dive into the five major power problems, and how they could mean more than you think.
Standing as probably the most known, a blackout is a complete loss of power. It can be caused by downed power lines, open circuit breakers, power plant failures, weather, etc. Blackouts can result in complete data loss, equipment overheating, and even hardware damage. While this is one of the more severe types of problems, it’s certainly not the most common. Blackouts only account for about 5% of power problems.
A sag or surge is simply a short-duration change in voltage levels. A sag is a dip below the nominal voltage, while a surge is an increase in voltage. This phenomenon can be causedmotors, transformers, air conditioners, etc. Although and surges don’t last for very long, they can lead to data errors, equipment overheating, premature equipment failures, and seriously impact
Brownouts are the mostproblem accounting for about 88% of all power problems. Similar to a sag/surge, a brownout is an increase or decrease in voltage. However, this change in voltage is more significant (20% or more variation from normal voltage) and lasts much longer than a sag or surge. Like blackouts, brownouts can cause complete data loss, equipment overheating, hardware damage, and seriously impact daily societal
Although spikes and transients are similar, they differ in duration and magnitude. A spike is a short, intense burst of high voltage, while a transient, like a surge, is the term applied when an electrical appliance is
introduced to more voltage than it is designed to handle. The same, right? Well this is where they differ. If the event lasts for one-to-two nanoseconds this is considered a spike, and if the event lasts three or more nanoseconds this is considered a transient, or a surge. A nanosecond may not seem like a significant amount of time, but In the world of power, this time is extremely precious. Spikes and transients can be a cause of lightning, fluorescent lighting, air conditioners, elevators, etc., and can cause detrimental damage to equipment, erase data, destroy valuable information, and seriously disrupt the flow of society.
5.) Line Noise
Last but not least, line noise. Line noise is high frequency interference appearing in the AC line (the typical source of electrical current). This can be caused by static transformers, faulty light fixtures, and other appliances. Line noise can corrupted data, cause peripheral lockups, cause semiconductor damage, and shorten equipment life span. To reiterate once again power problems like this one can lead to internet downtime, data loss, and equipment damage. None of which a company or professional can afford.
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