It is best to install home security cameras 8-10 feet above the ground. This is low enough to capture fine details but also high enough to be out of reach of vandals and thieves. Cameras should be looking away from the sun. Bright lights can cause high contrast and glare in your footage. You should consider the angle of your cameras and movement of the sun for indirect light.
You also should decide if you want your cameras hidden or visible. Visible security cameras are best for deterring burglars. But the cameras can also be targets for vandalism and theft. Some homeowners display fake decoy cameras and back it up with a slightly concealed real one. Others add heavy-duty housing around the camera to make it harder to damage. The best outdoor cameras are weatherproofed. You can place your camera under eaves or another protected area, if possible, to protect it from rain.
Placing your indoor camera in the corner of the room is best because it gives you the best possible vantage point. Windows can cause reflection issues. If your camera is pointing out a window, it can degrade the image quality. Most security cameras have IR (infrared) technology. This helps with motion detection and allows the camera to work in low light. IR light reflects off windows and other reflective objects and can obscure your footage. This especially happens in the dark. If your footage is whited out or washed out, there is typically a reflection problem going on. Angling the camera for indirect light is best as direct light will wash out your footage. You should be careful with light fixtures, lamps, and bright windows. Your camera should face away from any of these light sources.
Always test your equipment before committing to the full install. Check the camera operates and functions as expected. If you can, perform a dry run with the camera in its intended area. You can mount it with a single nail, tape, or any other temporary fix. This is so you can evaluate and monitor the feed. Be careful not to install your camera with hardware or tools that may damage its components. Do not take measures that could strain or damage the casing, lens, or electrical components. You will also need to clean and maintain the camera occasionally. Outdoor cameras can be prone to pollen or dirt accumulation on the lens. Make sure the way you install it makes it possible to maintain.
Depending on your cameras and comfort level, you can decide whether or not you want a professional to install your home security cameras. If you are monitoring the security cameras yourself, they usually have a simple installation. Most of these cameras communicate with Wi-Fi and only need hard wiring to their power source. Video doorbells and peephole cameras typically only use batteries, which is more user-friendly. Outdoor security cameras can be harder to install, however. Especially if you have limited power sources. If you have limited tools or are worried about damaging your house, it is best to hire a professional.
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