Installing Security Cameras on Light Poles – The Ultimate Guide
Parking facilities are one of the most frequent places that violent crimes occur in the United States. Both parking lots and parking garages present target rich environments for criminals seeking to commit robbery, theft, and even assault.
This is one of the primary reasons that many companies with adjacent parking services opt to have surveillance cameras and equipment installed in their parking areas, among other safety measures.
If you’re one of the security integrators or parking lot owners who these companies turn to for security camera installation on light poles, then this should be good news!
Light Poles in privately owned parking lots are one of the easiest places to integrate security cameras and wireless equipment!
Why Use a Solar Security Camera Kits for Street Light Utility Poles
(Have 24/7 power at your light pole? Skip ahead to the next section)
Vorp Energy is well-known worldwide for its popular Plug and Play Solar Powered Security Camera Surveillance Kits. After all 100% completely autonomous power for IP security cameras is, for lack of a better description, just cool. And solar power kits for security cameras and communication helps you skip expensive trenching operations or legal tap dancing with city owned power sources. Our Solar Power Surveillance Kit or Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is the easiest and most cost-effective way to get power to wireless monitoring equipment!
“I’ve passed up several jobs over the years because constant power wasn’t available in the parking lot,” is something that we’ve heard dozens of times, while explaining our light pole mounted Outdoor UPS Battery Backup system. Many of these customers have immediate opportunities to deploy a Vorp Energy Light Pole Power Tap and/or UPS backup on jobs they were previously considering passing up. Here’s the options you have for this security camera installation.
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How Does an Uninterruptible UPS Battery Backup Work?
The Vorp Energy Outdoor UPS Battery Backup system comes in different sizes and shapes, to fit different applications, but the general operation is the same across all of them. A ruggedized, industrial charger takes a 110 or 220VAC input directly from the light pole and when power is available, charges a battery bank. This battery bank provides power full time to hardened PoE injectors or switches, which in-turn power the surveillance and wireless equipment. Because power is always available through the batteries, there is never an interruption to mission-critical power when grid power switches on or off. The whole system is housed inside of a weatherproof aluminum enclosure with an attractive white powder coat finish. We are the manufacturer of this high quality product and we stand by it’s reliable performance.
How easily is it to add surveillance cameras to utility pole street lights with our UPS Kit?
OK, so it isn’t quite as easy as Aunt Jemima’s buttermilk pancake mix, but installation of a Vorp Energy UPS Battery Backup Power System is a breeze. The UPS kit mounts to nearly any pole using a custom universal mounting bracket, and can be installed by a single person in just a few minutes. Once mounted to the pole, the only things left to do are connect the batteries and plug equipment into the pre-configured PoE ports and power the system on.
The Easy Way to Power Security Camera’s in Parking Lots: The Light Pole Power Tap – VTAP
The only parking lot security installation that is easier than a UPS system is skipping the batteries all-together. Although rugged, weatherproof, and sleek, with a low profile design, the VTAP series is the most affordable power conversion system for street lights available. It couldn’t be any simpler than this: 100-264VAC goes in, and PoE comes out. Weighing less than 5 lbs, with a foot print of 10x8x6” (HWD) we really can’t make it any easier to power IP cameras with a parking lot light pole.
Warning: Any time that work is being done with high voltage power it’s a requirement to get a professional electrician involved in the process. If you’ve worked with an electrician on a surveillance installation in the past you’re probably aware that their services can get pricey.
Here’s the good news though:
You may not need an electrician to install a VTAP kit on a light pole! Next time you are driving around, look for a little cylinder on the tops of the street lights in your town (they’re usually either blue or white). They look like this:
Those little things are standard twist lock photocells. Once you start looking for them, you’ll see them everywhere! If your light pole has one of these your installation just got a lot easier. Using Vorp Energy’s LTAP add-on, you can tie a VTAP directly into the light pole’s AC power, no electrician required (*some states or cities will still require an electrician despite this). The LTAP has a standard 3-prong twist lock, as well as pass-through connections for whatever sensor was there before. Using a Vorp Energy VTAP, with the LTAP add-on makes for the easiest possible outdoor surveillance camera installations!
What to do if the Street Light Pole Voltage is not 110 or 220VAC (i.e. 277 or 480VAC)?
Neither the Vorp Energy VTAP Light Pole Power Tap nor the UPS Battery Backup Kit will accept a voltage above 264VAC. It is not uncommon for street lights to have a voltage of 277 or 480VAC. Fortunately, any electrician should easily be able to step this voltage down (with an aptly named “step-down transformer”) to a voltage level that can be connected to a Vorp Energy system with relative ease. You’ll need to consult with a qualified professional to ensure the proper voltage is attained safely.
Where Can I Purchase Vorp Energy Equipment?
Call, email or request a quote from the form at the bottom of the page. Ready to use Vorp Energy equipment to simplify your next installation? Click here to go to our purchasing page and request a quote. Interested, but still looking for some more information? Get in touch with our expert sales team! With thousands of solar surveillance projects under our belt, we’re well equipped to help with nearly any outdoor surveillance or communications project!
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