How to Select an LED Motion Sensor Security System|
Article - February 8, 2016 By LarsonElectronics.com
How to Select an LED Motion Sensor Security System
Commercial garages that store expensive vehicles and machinery need to be well guarded in order to deter thieves and burglars from doing what they do best. Installing LED motion sensors in the facility is one of the best ways to streamline security measures for such locations.
Read on to find out how to choose the right LED motion sensor security system for your business.
Motion-sensing Technology Options
There are several types of motion sensors available in the market today; and understanding the different technologies can help make the detection of unwanted presences more effective. Motion sensors equipped with passive infrared (PIR) panels measure changes in temperature. When a human enters the area, it detects changes in heat levels, such as body temperature. This option is applicable for light and security sensors, because the sensors are not prone to false notifications when a patrolling guard dog passes through the location.
Radar motion sensors rely on ultrasonic waves or microwave pulses to detect movement. The sensing panel measures the waves, as they bounce back to the sensor. Radar-based security systems are mostly used for opening automatic garage doors. However, they can also be used to enhance security measures in commercial garages, due to their heightened sensitivity to movement. It is important to consider that some LED motion sensor systems deploy more than one type of sensing technology.
High quality motion sensors can detect movement from far and wide distances. Some models go as far as offering 360-degree, full circle coverage. These variants are recommended to avoid dead zones in the facility. For wall-mounted sensors, 180-degree coverage is sufficient.
LED Lighting Configurations
Commercial garages are usually very spacious, which means you may need industrial grade LEDs to ensure bright illumination over the location when the sensors are activated. “The typical maximum total bulb power is often 300 watts for ordinary motion detector lights, but high quality motion detectors can switch 300 watts and more,” said Ken Jorgustin from Modern Survival Blog.
LEDs are a great choice for motion sensors because they offer a superior lifespan of 50,000+ hours. By comparison, incandescent fixtures provide 1,200+ hours of light, while fluorescent units offer 8,000+ hours. The solid state design of the lights allows it to withstand rough treatment and extreme weather (typical environments for motion sensors). LEDs can also produce light instantly without delays in startup.
Extra Security Features
After selecting the type of motion-sensing technology and lighting configuration for your commercial garage security system, the next step is to choose additional features for monitoring. In most cases, bright lights are enough to scare off a potential intruder, but for large facilities filled with dark corners and bulky machines, it might be worth installing an auditory alarm to go with the security system. Individuals who want to monitor the area remotely may invest in a video camera that starts recording when the LED motion sensor is activated. Lastly, some systems send out alerts to smartphones or via email notifications for real-time monitoring. This is useful for facilities that do not rely on patrolling guards for security.