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  • J Tiers
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    More likely the items that failed were poorly protected, and the very high speed pulse from a nearby strike was able to destroy them.

    Most motion lights have a capacitor type voltage dropping system. That is extremely sensitive to line spikes.

    LED lights usually are not that sensitive, but are cheap, and not generally made to withstand much overvoltage.

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  • lakeside53
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    maybe hit the only one live wire; your lights and stuff was all on the other

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  • Tony Ennis
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    OT - lightning strike and weirdness

    We had some rough weather the other day. During a downpour, lightning hit close enough that the flash and the sound had no separation. I heard what I thought were bits of wood hitting the house. When the rain stopped, I went outside. No obvious strike. But I found that an LED bulb in the barn was dead, the security light on the barn is not working, and a phone charger in the house exploded. The overload fuse (?) was vaporized, leaving a black smear where it used to be, and blowing the cover off the charger; it caromed around the kitchen; this is what I thought was wood hitting the siding. The wife's phone, which was plugged in, was inexplicably unharmed.

    The lights never flickered and nothing else was damaged as far as I can tell.

    How can this be? How can I get hit hard enough to blow up the charger and kill an LED bulb 100' away, and not lose power?
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