CCTV Update. Infrared Lighting can be unnecessary and wasteful.

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UPDATE.  Our property is quite well lit at night.  The infrared lamps built into the cameras do a good job, but they also consume quite a bit of electricity, about 20 Watts each.  I wondered how the cameras would perform without the infrared lamps, so we took one down, opened it up, disconnected the lead to the lamp, reinstalled the camera and waited for dark.  As you can see below, the cameras perform quite well without the infrared.

Note camera output without infrared lamp (bottom center).

So we will be disconnecting the infrared lamps from the other cameras for a saving of about 20W X seven cameras = 1.7 kWh per night or P17 per night or P510 per month.

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  1. If a thief shoots/knocks out the lights, the cameras will be blind at night without infrared lamps

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  2. As pointed out in the main article comments section cameras arent scaring thierfs off, it just look like you have lots of valuables to protect. One image that stuck to my mind for many years was this well protected house in Manila owned by a FilipinoChinese family, not so rich but really high walls that were hard to get over, very impressive protection and privacy. Anyway, their daughter was kidnapped on her way to school, whatever valuables they were protecting obviously caught someones attention.

    Maybe ordinary people will not notice your safeguards but the wrong kind of people will, we know a camera cant stop anyone, so why call the attention of trained criminal eyes in the first place?

    We have one neighbour in Manila with full protection in the form of metal bars in every opening to the property, and thats the only place there that been visited by thieves. What they dont have is an askal, which is the only thing they should have had in my opinion.

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    • Ploff,

      You raise good points. In our time here we have never had the slightest problem. We live in a rural area. Our house is modest. Regarding the CCTV camera system, I have to admit that installing it was as much to have a project as out of any necessity. Yes, rich Chinoys can be targeted by professionals. Here the risk is more ordinary, and ordinary Filipinos see people caught on CCTV cameras on TV every night. We have a perimeter fence, we have bars on our windows and security doors. Possibly, we don’t need any of this but we sleep better with it. I have asked Filipino friends. They say we are safe because of our four dogs, so we are agreed on that!

      We rarely use our car. I walk everywhere. Everybody knows me and my habits. Again, I’ve never had a problem.

      Bob and Carol

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