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.





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