Security Camera Installation:
Are you interested in installing security cameras for home, but don’t know what to look for? Well you are in luck, check out the following guide to help you narrow down your choices.
Why You Need a Security Camera
There are a number of situations where having an outdoor camera can be advantageous. Two of the most serious include:
In short, security cameras can keep your home safe. In fact, sometimes a sign that indicates that the home is under video surveillance will be enough to detract some people. However, if you don’t have an actual camera to back up the sign, this may cause the burglars to proceed with their shenanigans.
-Important Considerations When Choosing Your Security Camera-
1. The IP Rating of your security camera
While it’s possible for any camera to be installed outdoors (that is, if you are able to run a line between your camera and DVR or if you find a power source to plug an IP camera), this may not be the case for your particular model. In order to determine if a camera can be used outside successfully, it is important to pay attention to its IP (International Protection) rating; this is represented by two numbers.
- The first digit represents a protection rating against solid items like dust
- The second digit represents a protection rating against water
Most security cameras nowadays come with an IP66 rating which means that it has total protection against dust and water. We offer lots of info on setting up your security cameras in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2. Types of Security Cameras for Las Vegas
There are two types of cameras, metal and plastic, and none is better than the other when it comes to outdoor usage. Even if a camera has an IP66 rating, it is important to note that that the exposure of the connections and wires may affect how weather resistant the entire camera is. Some covers are flush against where the wire is exposed; these provide better protection than those who do not.
3. Dome or Bullet Security Camera?
The third thing you must do is decide if you want dome or bullet. When making this decision, it is important to consider the environment and situation that it will be placed in. For example, do you live in a neighborhood with a high threat of vandalism, where someone may try to disable your camera so that you have no surveillance? If so, a bullet with a stem is probably not your best option; dependent on the amount of force used, it may break off. Therefore, in this instance, you will need a camera with a dense metal casing and plastic cover around the lens because these are very hard to break.
4. Remember the wires.
Many people think that a camera with a waterproof label is enough to keep their homes safe. However, many forget about the wires; they are not completely weather or pet-proof. Therefore, it is important to find a way to protect them; many use pipers or electric tape to cover the area where the wires are connected to the cameras.
Please contact a qualified electrician in your local area before making any drastic electrical changes.