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Infrared cameras allow you to see in the dark (and adverse lighting conditions as a whole). There are advantages and disadvantages to integrating an infrared security camera into your CCTV setup.
Listed below are all of our infrared cameras.
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The General 264-7-W
An infrared camera has one large obvious drawback: it captures in black and white.
However, black and white video is always better than no video, and the main purpose of infrared cameras and IR technology is to see in total darkness. In some CCTV systems, you cannot take the risk of not being able to see with color cameras in low to no light conditions. Some color video cameras can work in low lighting conditions, but they are on the more expensive end and still can't record in total darkness like an infrared camera. You do not want to invest over a grand in security cameras, cables, and a Security DVR and still have no video surveillance footage.
When you are configuring your CCTV setup, you will want to determine whether you absolutely need video in poor lighting conditions. In the surveillance world, having no picture in the dark is a waste of a thousand or so dollars, so people turn to infrared cameras. You have to make sure that you know the risk of not having any infrared cameras. For many security setups, we suggest bullet infrared cameras (a bullet camera with infrared technology that turns on at night). As a bullet infrared camera can record color video in good light and switch to IR recording in low levels of light; bullet infrared cameras are often the most preferred option.
Dome Infrared Cameras are dome cameras with infrared technology; their main advantage is the ease in mounting them from the ceiling.
It is very important to not use infrared cameras with 12 or more IR lights indoors, as the IR light can bounce off of objects and wash out the image. Most indoor CCTV applications have tight/small rooms and reflective surfaces, such as windows, doors, coffee tables, fish tanks, or anything else glossy. This is really important advice for homeowners who are considering indoor infrared cameras, as many glossy interior paints will reflect infrared light.
You do not want to go overboard with infrared technology; get something simple. In most cases if you have a hallway night light or (if you want to invest in them) auto-night lights in every room of the house you will have enough light to have a color picture indoors. An infrared camera can be very valuable (especially if the person you are trying to capture is disabling your lights), but you don't want to think of an infrared camera as anything more than a backup device.
IR stands for infrared radiation. IR is electromagnetic radiation at a wavelength that is longer than that of visible light, but shorter than that of terahertz radiation and microwaves. This means that you can't see it, but it still won't cook you. IR is a byproduct of heat.
Infrared cameras mathematically convert IR into the visible spectrum, which is why you can only see in black and white in the night. The technology in an infrared camera is a lot more common than people realize; IR technology powers such items as night vision goggles, heat seeking missiles, your television remote control, the mouse and keyboard you are using to surf this website, and many telephones.
The distance that an infrared camera can capture has everything to do with how much infrared light it emits. We have many different models of infrared cameras that feature IR lights. We have everything ranging from a 42 bulb infrared security camera to one with six lights. But, the number of lights isn't the only thing to consider when looking at infrared security cameras, the size of the bulb also matters.
If you have any more questions about IR technology, call us and talk to a tech.
You may also want to consult our Infrared Security Camera FAQ.