Consider the Benefits of Solar Powered Home Security
Considering that burglars are taking advantage of load shedding to infiltrate neighbourhoods and developments, solar-powered home security is an option you might want to a look at.
Criminals are always on the lookout for homes that are easy to gain access to and load shedding around the country has made their job even easier. If you don't have a battery backup, when the power goes off - so does your security. I have heard from many people about burglars taking advantage of the current load shedding situation, whether it is to try and break into homes or just searching around properties to see what they can find and load shedding gives them the perfect opportunity.
The addition of cameras for video surveillance isn't something new but what is new is the ability to keep a real-time look on your home both indoors and outdoors. A further addition to video surveillance is the incorporation of WiFi for real-time viewing and solar power to ensure cameras and systems are working when the power goes out. Let's look at the benefits of installing solar-powered video cameras around a property.
Benefits of Solar-Powered Video Cameras
- For many, the fact that solar video cameras
require very little installation is the main
reason for the growing popularity. You do not
need the services of an electrician to wire up
the system and it is a simple process to mount
the solar camera in place.
- With these cameras being solar-powered, they
are not affected by power outages or load
shedding and can still operate to keep your home
safe during these times.
- Along with no specialist installation
required, you can easily mount more than one
camera yourself and not have to worry about
wiring or placement. You have the option to
mount a solar video camera at any angle and at
any distance from the house to keep
an eye on your premises.
- With the addition of WiFi capability and being linked to your smartphone or tablet, you have access to real-time surveillance of your property at any time.
Disadvantages of Solar-Powered Video Cameras
- The main disadvantage of using a solar video
camera is during those times when cloudy
conditions do not allow the solar panel to fully
charge. This will result in insufficient power
to run for the duration of time required. In
these instances, it is better to have both
electrical and solar-powered cameras to
monitor a property. Alternatively, look for a solar-powered video camera surveillance system that has
a battery backup that can be drawn upon during cloudy days.
- The signal that enables real-time viewing is determined by a specific network and any problems that affect the signal strength will affect camera performance. Again, when used for backup and in conjunction with conventional video cameras, this should not be a problem.
Installation of Solar-Powered Video Cameras
When installing your solar-powered video camera, keep the following points in mind:
- The camera and solar panel need to be mounted
in a position without any obstruction, either
for the camera or the solar panel.
- Installation should be done for secure
mounting to avoid any vibration that may affect
the video quality.
- The video camera needs to be within reach of
your WiFi or you can install a 4G card if you
want to install further away.
- Shop for a solar-powered video camera that offers the best value for money. Paying a bit extra for better quality visuals and a solar panel that offers higher watts is well worth the cost.