Understanding solar power
Solar power is being used in a variety of everyday things from heating pads installed on the roof of your house to the simple little calculator sitting on your desk. These solar panels contain photovoltaic equipment which converts the suns energy into electricity. In outdoor uses, solar power is enabling wireless motion detectors to activate lights, sound alarms, or turn on a camera and start a video recording when suspicious movement is detected.
A solar powered motion detector (SPMD) allows a future that is cleaner and uses free, renewable energy.
Solar powered motion detector cameras
An outdoor wireless security camera is able to provide high levels of security at the fraction of the cost. Having no messy wires to install means that these cameras can be placed almost anywhere. With the advent of models that can withstand the elements these cameras are quite suitable for outdoor use.
However it is not practical to have these cameras on and recording 24 hours a day. Apart from recording nothing of value, it means that the owner would need to spend hours a day sifting through the recordings to find anything of interest. This is where SPMDs play a vital role.
Connecting a camera to either a video recorder or a computer is an efficient way to monitor your home. The latest SPMD cameras are easy to install and are affordable. These systems have been developed to allow for easy moving of cameras to different locations. High powered transmitters allow for the monitoring of large areas. Solar panels are included in these kits, but also include battery back ups in the event that power runs out.
SPMD cameras are able to offer easy indoor or outdoor security monitoring at a fraction of the cost.
Solar Powered Security Light
Coming home late at night and having to stumble to find your way in the dark is not only irritating it is dangerous. Apart from injuring yourself, you are unable to see if anyone is lurking in the dark waiting to jump out. Yet leaving lights burning 24 hours a day is not economical either. Every home can attest to having areas where it is not possible to place lights because of the lack of electrical outlets. Being able to keep your property well lit during the hours associated with criminal activity is vital for your safety. This is where motion detector lighting is making an invaluable addition to home security. Solar powered motion detectors in particular can provide the perfect solution for anyone interested in saving the earth’s energy resources.
The benefits of solar powered motion detector lighting
Apart from saving our energy resources, solar powered motion detectors are providing huge financial savings in running costs. They are small and easy to install and can be placed quite a distance away from the units powering them. They can be situated in strategic positions and even in places where they get no direct sunlight. They can be installed indoors or outdoors and are easily moved to different locations.
A 21st century alternative
Using the energy of the sun instead of using a fossil fuel electrical source makes sense on more levels than one. Apart from the cost of electricity there is the question of the earth’s resources. SPMDs connected to a lighting system absorb the sun energy during the day and store it in rechargeable batteries. This means that when the sun has set for the day you have the power to protect your property at night.
However each battery will only give about 10 hours of light a day, so it makes sense to store as much energy as possible. This is where solar powered motion detectors are helping. When motion is detected a light is switched on courtesy of the suns stored energy. This is also a great security feature for any home. Being able to light up areas where there is movement can easily act as a deterrent to any would be burglar.
Solar powered motion detectors can be used to install cameras or lights in areas which are most vulnerable. Windows and doors can be protected as can patios, driveways and gardens. Any area considered a high security risk will benefit from SPMDs.
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