When installing a security system in your home or business it’s important to understand why certain components are used in a certain way. It’s also important to know that there is ever-more choice when it comes to the aesthetics of these components.
We were recently called into a client’s house to move a motion detector during a renovation. The existing motion detector was a wall mounted unit and would usually have been re-used on the new wall. However, the client was creating an open space in the house and, consequently, there would be no wall to affix the relocated sensor.
Working with the client, we decided to install a ceiling-mounted motion detector to cover the renovated space. The old wall-mount unit no longer worked in that area. It was a fairly straight-forward job.
However, the day before the changeover our client called saying she wanted a glass breakage detector rather than the agreed-to ceiling mount.
It’s the client’s prerogative to change her mind, of course. But in asking her why, she said she thought the glass breakage detector “would be a better solution.”
In that situation, it wasn’t. Consider the following:
She was going to put up heavy window coverings. However, these tend to dampen glass breaks and, as such, the detector may not pick-up the break.
She thought the glass breakage detector would cover all the glass in the area of the motion detector. However, most glass breakage detectors have a defined area of coverage beyond which they will not detect the glass breaking.
Finally, she thought the motion detector was too big and conspicuous.
Most security components are designed for form, not function. However, manufacturers today increasingly recognize that their sensors need to reflect the styles and aesthetics of client homes. As a result, security components now come in a range of styles, shapes and colours to blend in with the look and feel of residential properties.
In the end, our client opted for a recessed, ceiling mount motion detector which provided the necessary coverage while blending into the client’s space. It fits the space perfectly.