I'm installing a number of security cameras on the external walls of my
house. I am interested in also installing some sort of rain protection for
same. The first thing that sprang to mind was to use inverted quarter-
sphere uplighter housings. However, buying the housing alone without the
light-holder and other gubbins is not easy, and paying out for the full
enchilada can be pricey - when you want six! Can anyone suggest anything
As others have said, purpose-designed outdoor cameras are the easiest and
most maintenance-free solution, but they can be expensive compared with
How about bird-boxes, with the camera looking through the hole?
I've been running an Axis 205 (an indoor IP camera with a 135mm lens bodged
on the front) outdoors for about 8 years, in what's basically a large
hand-made glass-fronted bird box.
Condensation on the inside of the glass can be a problem during colder
Jamjars or sweetie jars.
Take the cable through a hole in the lid with a gland, screw the lid
on tight with the camera inside. Maybe some distortion from the curved
glass but some jars are square-ish.
On Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:56:04 -0700 (PDT), Matty F wrote:
You can get perspex / acrylic domes and mount the cameras in them. Since
they give 360 degree visibility and 90 degree top-bottom they're handy
for tilt-pan cameras, too. I've also found that they hold up niely to
the weather - but sometimes they can mist-up inside.
Not cheap, though.
Thanks to all for the suggestions. My cameras are already supposedly
weather-proof, but I am thinking that rain drops collecting on the front
lense could be an issue. I am hoping not to put any extra glass in-between
the camera and the target area, because my cameras have IR LEDS, which I
think would be reflected back at the camera by glss. The 110mm plastic pipe
idea seems worth exploring.
I have lots of offcuts of plastic pipe. The pipe can be cut to size
and put into boiling water and bent flat. Then a round piece cut to
fit inside the back of a short bit of pipe, and glued with the same
glue that is used for gluing pipes. You can make waterproof boxes of
any shape this way.
Agree that you don't want extra glass in front of the camera.
You don't need any extra protection if you can put the cameras under
If the camera is already weatherproof put a lens hood on. Depending
upon the field of view of the lens a short length of 40mm or larger
pipe will suffice to keep the rain off. Experiment with lengths until
you start getting dark areas forming in the corners of the frame.
Paint the inside of the tube with blackboard paint and if splashing
rain is a real problem choose a larger tube and line it with thin foam
to stop splashing.
The built in IR illumination on most cheap cameras is of little use
except at very short range.
I'm wondering about that too. The main problem at night, even with my 30-
LED camras is that the signal strength seems so low that my DVR's movement
detector keeps getting false signals, it seems. I'm wondering if buying a
standalone IR emitter to augment that of the cameras might help. Cartainly
from about 4 mtrs away, a human looks almost like a ghost with my current
setup lit only by the IR LED's. Luckily my floodlights usually get triggeed
my movement, so the IR feature isn't needed, but I dare say the day will
come when there is a power cut and some perp takes advantage.
On Friday, September 30, 2011 at 10:35:33 AM UTC+1, JakeD wrote:
I've had Swann wide angle cameras installed for a few months and not notice
d any rain problems and we've had quite a bit. Must be similar to the amoun
t of dirt that window panes pick up. I notice the LED's have a limited lif
e 10,000 hrs I think, so the cams will need renewing after a couple of year
s anyway and won't need cleaning in the meantime.
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