Looking at Driveway Alarms – Think Solar!

Not only are solar powered driveway alarm systems an inexpensive way to keep your property and family safe, while saving energy and expenses – they are also extremely easy to install!

Use the best possible energy source - the sun!

Generally speaking, driveway alarms will alert you if a potential visitor/intruder arrives on your property. Usually these devices are set up with a sensor either beside or under your driveway and a receiver insdie your home. When the sensor detects either metal or movement, the system then triggers an alarm. This signal is sent either by wired or wireless connection to the receiver installed in your house to let you know your property has been breached. Different brands/models use specific sounds, lights or other alarm notification methods. Some alarms create a loud sound or set off a flashing light, others will pleasantly chime or have a pager that vibrates to alert you that there is an unexpected visitor on your property. Some alarm systems can be configured to work in conjunction with additionally purchased home security devices; such as strobe lights, sirens, etc.

Solar alarms work in much the same way as regular, standard driveway alarms, alerting you that someone is on your property. Since however, these alarms take thier power from solar energy – the sun – they are cost effective and efficient. This solar power is stored in an internal battery. With this energy stored, these alarms will keep working no matter what the time of day and regardless of a power outage.

Since there are many different brands and models of solar driveway alarms for you to choose from, you’ll want to make your solar alarm choice based on the features specific to your wants and needs. With a solar powered driveway alarm system there are several things to be considered; optimal sensor placement, efficiency, range, and ability to be customized for additional security devices – though the most essential thing to consider when buying any driveway alarm is the type of trigger.

In regard to range, you’ll want a unit that can easily cover the distance between your house and driveway. When measuring this distance, keep in mind that when shopping online (as many of these items tend be sold), the range distance quoted is more than likely the “line of sight” distance. This means that although the alarm claims a range distance of 1000′, if there are trees, rocks, buildings or other obstructions between the sensor and receiver – the range on the unit is reduced. If you’re unsure about the line of sight interference, contact a customer service representative and explain your specific situation. They will be able to help you determine the best system for your specific terrain.

The next thing to determine when purchasing a solar entry alert is the trigger, meaning what exactly will set off your alarm? These devices are either triggered by movement (either infrared or photobeam technology) or by moving metal (electromagnetic technology). Make sure to carefully read the product description to determine if it’s designed solely for the passing of cars or will also cover potential intrusion on foot. If you’re looking for a model to detect car passage, an electromagnetic system is the choice for you since it’s only activated by moving metal. You’ll know for sure, that if an alarm sounds – a vehicle is driving on your property. If you want an alert that will announce the presence of possible human intrusion as well – choose an infrared or photobeam system. Keeping in mind that these types of units can also be triggered by animals, debris and other various false alarms.

Once you have the system perfect for you – driveway alarms are an essential way to ensure access to your home is limited to those individuals you’re expecting. In a time when everyone has an eye on the bottom line – solar driveway alarms offer safety and security in an economical and energy saving package.

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