CCTV cameras are a great way to protect your business property. They can provide evidence if there is ever an altercation on your premises, and they also act as a deterrent for would-be thieves. But how much power do CCTV cameras use?
This blog post will explore the different amounts of power used in surveillance equipment, the energy consumption of these cameras, and the average lifespan of each type. We’ll look at some other factors you should consider when designing or purchasing your system!
What affects CCTV power output?
Cctv cameras don’t use a lot of power, so even if your CCTV camera is using up more electricity than you expected this might not be an issue.
In general CCTV cameras have lower energy requirements when compared to other electronic items like TVs and computers because they are designed to be on for longer stretches of time and are usually under less strain as CCTV cameras aren’t generally used in high definition or plugged into the mains supply at all times.
If you purchase CCTV with built-in storage digital CCTV cameras then these may require additional power to run the hard disk drives that store footage which will increase overall consumption but should still remain low in comparison to many household appliances.
-A typical CCTV camera consumes about 7 watts per hour.
-In a year, this would be equivalent to consuming around 2 kWh of electricity.
-This tiny amount of power is the same required in running three 60W light bulbs for 11 hours
Now, of course, things can change and depending on the camera you get and its features, these numbers can skyrocket, but this is just an example of a cheaper, more eco-friendly camera.
-A lot of factors affect the total energy consumption of a CCTV camera.
-For example, many models can be set to only record when there is motion in front of them which dims down their power usage significantly.
There are even cameras that have built-in weather sensors which allow you to monitor your home or business for any suspicious changes while also being able to detect extreme weather conditions and send an alert beforehand so you can prepare yourself and potentially prevent some damages from happening!
How to find out how much power your camera is using
If you own CCTV cameras and would like to know exactly how much power they are drawing, there is a simple formula to find exactly how much power they are using.
- Find the wattage of your camera – this can most likely be found on the box it came in, if push comes to shove then contacting the manufacturer will also provide the answer.
- Multiply that wattage value by how long you use the camera per day – If you are using it all the time just multiply it by 24, otherwise, select the average amount of hours a day you have it on and times the two values together
- Divide your answer by 1,000 – this is to get the kilowatt-hours, getting a better view of how much power it is using
- Finally, multiply by the amount of days you are are measuring across – If you want to find out how much electricity you use in a year, times it by 365
- Make sure to take into consideration all your CCTV appliances, if you have a DVR, if you have a monitor etc.
In conclusion, CCTV cameras consume very small amounts of power but what really matters is how they’re used because if configured properly, they will not just save money on electricity bills every month but contribute positively towards our finances by preventing break-ins, damages to equipment and vandalism
Interested in getting a CCTV camera for yourself? Check out our review of the QVIS P400 CCTV Camera