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Video Surveillance Is About More Than Just The Surveillance Camera

Security is a great concern in today’s world, so investing in a good video surveillance system is well worth the cost. However, there is more to installing video surveillance cameras than simply installing the camera. Along with determining the placement of the video surveillance cameras, things like the type of lighting in the area needs to be well thought out.

Video lighting is key in making sure the surveillance footage is clear and easy to view, especially should a crime or break-in occur at night. Night-time is typically when most crimes occur, so having video surveillance that does not have adequate lighting can be of little use should a an actual crime occur. If the suspect(s) cannot be clearly seen, chances become close to zero in bringing the perpetrator of the crime to justice.

One of the chief security essentials essential when determining which video surveillance system to install in your place of business or around your home, should take into consideration the type of lighting available in the surrounding area under surveillance. Regular street lights do not, as a rule, provide good enough lighting to guarantee well-defined footage from the surveillance cameras. Proper lighting is needed to ensure the end result is sharp discernible surveillance footage.

What kind of video lighting is most beneficial? That all depends partly on your surveillance camera’s capabilities and type. The most common surveillance cameras such as the IP and megapixel cameras require more light, especially at night. There are several types of video lighting to choose from.

Fluorescent lamps, incandescent bulbs, fluorescent and LED. Each has its own particular benefits as well as having specific drawbacks. How you determine which illumination you go with is going to depend on the size of the area, the type of video surveillance camera installed, and what if any type of lighting is provided in the surrounding area to be covered by the video surveillance.

Incandescent bulbs are inexpensive and cost less overall, But most are only about 10% efficient with close to 90% being lost heat. The halogen bulbs are only five percent more efficient than the incandescent bulbs, losing 85 percent to heat. Ultimately this makes both, in the long run more expensive to operate. They require regular replacement which also makes them a bit ‘high’ maintenance.

Now fluorescent lamps on the other hand are 40% efficient, losing 60% to heat. They also last anywhere from 10 to 20 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. Unfortunately they do tend to flicker and additionally contain lead, which can be a problem.

Now the LEDs are a lot more efficient as they are close to 90% efficient, and only lose anywhere from 10-20% heat loss. They are inexpensive to operate, and have an exceptionally long life. LEDs are also pretty durable and unaffected to vibration.

Another thing to determine is if you need or want Invisible or visible light. Invisible light is infrared radiance or lighting that is not visible to the human eye, and visible merely to black-and-white Day/Night cameras. Another plus is invisible light is the ideal source of lighting for security cameras as it’s a clandestine form of lighting.

Visible Light, also known as White Light is used to light up areas to assist in camera capture which also offers a color picture 24 hours a day. The benefits Visible Light is an increase in safety, a hospitable environment, crime deterrence as well as lighting which is not exclusively for surveillance.

Doing some research before you determine which lighting is best for you security essentials is imperative to making sure you have the best video lighting to meet your surveillance criteria.