When Should You Choose An IR Security Camera?
An IR security camera or infrared camera is used at night when there is no light or very little light. The camera will have an LED light source installed on the outside normally around the rim of the lens. This means that you will be able to get a good image without the need for lighting. These cameras are frequently referred to as night vision or low light cameras. They will even work with just the light from the moon or street lighting or even the stars.
The image the camera takes will probably be in black and white but color images are possible as long as there is good light. Infrared cameras are classified according to how much light they need to take an image. This is measured in lux and the lower the lux number the more capable the camera is of operating in low light conditions.
Most applications of IR security cameras will be on business premises at night time. The best cameras will be waterproof and suitable for outdoor use. Indoor use is not usually recommended because of the reflection from windows unless the camera is mounted totally flush to the glass. IR cameras can be an invaluable aid to ensuring the safety and security of your business premises especially if the images are recorded for playback if required. Bear in mind that infrared cameras consume more power than other cameras but this saving will be more than offset by any prevented burglaries as these cameras are a good deterrent to criminals.
If you require complete security, then it is a good idea to combine an IR Security camera with a CCTV system which can monitor and record any activity constantly thereby giving you peace of mind and backup should anything untoward occur. This is a most robust solution to the problem of safety and security and is particularly suited to business premises and commercial enterprises.
If you want to be totally flexible then go for a wireless system which will allow you to place the cameras wherever you want without worrying about cables and can mean that certain areas which might have been inaccessible before can now be covered by a camera. Think about placement and visibility of the cameras carefully, not just whether the camera has an unobscured view of your premises but whether the camera itself is very visible to would be vandals.
An IR Security system can be a practical, 24 hour solution to the headache of securing your home or business premises.
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