Get Off the Grid: Solar-Powered Security
Security is a major concern these days with the rise of crimes and burglaries committed by criminals who seize every opportunity they can get.
But with most security devices running on electricity and taking substantial measures to improve your home security can take a toll on your wallet.
Not to mention, when the power goes out, so does most of your security system!
The best solution to this dilemma is to use security gadgets that run on solar power.
Solar power continues to gain momentum as more and more people see its value.
In response to the demand, a number of security equipment suppliers are offering solar-powered lights, cameras, and motion sensors.
We'll examine what's out there; make recommendations on the best, and how to use them optimally.
Solar-Powered Lighting Systems
Solar-powered lights are quite common these days with scores of them often found adorning landscapes and gardens.
While these accent solar lights certainly serve a purpose, solar spots or floodlights are better choices for security purposes.
Solar spots give off a brighter and more glaring light than accent lights; thus, making intruders think twice before prowling on your property.
These lights can be mounted just about anywhere, and they offer additional safety since they can be installed on stairs or steps to prevent accidents.
Before buying security solar lights, it is important to make the distinction between motion sensor lights and “constantly on” security lights. “Constantly on” lights need to have bigger solar panels and batteries so they can be a bit more expensive than motion sensor lights.
Another thing you might also want to consider is the mode of control.
The best models available today have remote controls and can also be left in an automatic mode, which means that they have a light sensor that will automatically turn it on at dusk and will automatically shut down at sunrise.
Solar Motion Sensors
A solar motion sensor is another security device that you can use to keep prowlers and burglars off the perimeters of your property.
This device detects motion and may serve as a trigger that turns on your alarm system and the security lights.
The latest models of this device also include heat detection and their own floodlights.
Aside from outdoor use, solar-powered motion sensors can also be installed in strategic areas of your home, such as hallways, the living room, stairways, or near windows.
Good devices should have batteries that will last for up to two weeks without recharging.
Another device that you can use to amp up security on your property is a solar-powered security camera.
Cameras are best placed in areas where people can easily notice them, such as windows, gates, or doors.
Having a security camera installed is known to deter burglars from entering your property, and even if they do enter, they can be easily identified with the recording device, which can lead to their eventual capture.
In choosing a security camera, you have to choose one that covers a bigger area of your property.
Cameras with longer battery life make the best options as well.
Improved security doesn't have to translate to a higher electricity bill.
Solar-powered security devices are proven cost-effective measures that deter crime.
Vigilance, after all, is still the best crime buster.