Solar Powered Home Security

Why did they get robbed?

It was half-past noon, and no one was home yet; Mom was at work, Dad was building the ramp, Jenny was still at school and the burglar was headed for the backyard. After weeks of watching their house, he’d noticed the Ash family, who considered their neighborhood safe, didn’t usually lock the sliding glass door OR the corresponding screen panel.  Without a home alarm system, or the proper precautions like locking the back door, the burglar was in for a treat. That is, whatever valuables he could find in the Ash family house were his without the consequence of getting caught or rushed away by a burglar alarm.

We don’t want to root for the burglar in this story, but with an easy opportunity at hand, we are sure to wonder, why didn’t the family invest in a burglar alarm? Or even keep smart by locking their back door?

Your home security system isn’t just for midnight, or to keep you safe when you are sleeping. We often get antsy about criminal activity in the neighborhood when the sun goes down, but a large percent of robberies occur in the daytime, when the house is free of its homeowners and kids.

DIY Solar Powered Security System

Solar Powered home security is an ingenious and resourceful way to protect your home by harnessing the power of the sun while saving money at the same time.  You can take any wireless webcam and turn it into a solar powered home security system.  You will need to gather a few parts before you get started building your system.  Any standard webcam can work for this project.  A nice option is choosing a webcam with audio that has a link system that will allow you to operate the webcam remotely.  Next, you will want to select a solar battery pack.  Choose a battery pack with at least a 10 AA batteries that can store plenty of power, so your system will not be drained overnight and in days when there is not a lot of sun.

The DC Converter

A DC (direct current) converter is also required in order to connect the camera to the solar battery pack.  This is generally a switchable converter that offers a selection of different voltage options depending upon what your particular camera needs.  There are also different size connection adapter tips your can purchase that will make your converter universal no matter what home security system setup you have.  The last parts you needed, will be a solar panel that with a long cord so that you can mount it where you need it.

Webcam

If you have a webcam that has mounting brackets on the backside it, be sure to measure the space between the mounting holes in order to properly place the mounting screws.

Measure and Fine-tune

Measure and mark the mounting surface where your webcam is going to go before drilling in any screws.  It is important to note that a majority of webcams need to be configured before bringing them online and up and running.  This is to ensure that you haven’t mounted the camera to a wall that is inaccessible to your power source.  Test and configure your webcam through your wireless router and computer before hanging your camera.  Once your webcam camera is placed, drill screws near the camera and use a plumbing pipe bracket to hold your battery pack. It is a good idea to make sure your battery pack has a full charge before mounting it.  This way you want have to rely on the solar power alone to bring your system online. Now it’s time to hook your DC converter to your battery pack by plugging in your adapter and mounting it using a similar mounting bracket near the battery pack unit.

The Solar Panel

The last part of installation is hanging the solar panel.  Give your solar panel and unobstructed south facing view to allow for full sun.  If you have obstructions like trees or bushes, this step may require you to mount the solar panel on the roof. If you find you need to do this, many solar companies have longer extension cabling run to make installation easier and more accessible.  Plug in the battery pack cable to your webcam and your ready to go.

If the weather is cloudy on the day of installation, the batteries will take over for the camera until full sun powers your panel.  If everything is working correctly with your system, you should see the power light illuminated on your webcam camera.  The installation will of hinge on the fact that you verified your system by checking to see if your webcam can find a wireless network to connect to.

There you have it, you’ve installed a solar powered security system that you can now launch and interface from the comfort of your desktop.

Buying Solar Powered Security Products

Here are a few ready-to-go solar powered alarms that could get you on the right track to finding the most fitting solar powered home security device for you.

The Solstice Company focuses on creating wireless, solar powered cameras and offers a variety of products to meet your home security needs.

The Solar Powered 15 LED Security Light and Motion Detector is a useful daytime home alarm device. Customer reviews report that you can clamp the light on your shed to angle it facing your front door.

The Solar Powered Motion Sensor Outdoor Light claims to work “even during power outages.” It charges during the day using the sun’s rays, so it even protects you at night, using the stored energy.

Home security goes hand-in-hand with owning a home. The home should be protected at all times, including the daytime. Thieves are watching out for your negligence so stay one step ahead of their prying eyes and invest in your 24-hours home alarm today.

Photo via mikebaird

Posted on Friday, September 10th, 2010

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Average loss per burglary: $1,725. ±
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