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Photoelectric Beam Detectors

Photoelectric beam detectors are ideal for adding perimeter security to any indoor or outdoor areas. A photoelectric beam detector allows you to secure areas at the home or business where there is a major concern of theft or possible unwanted intruders. Photoelectric beam detectors are easy to install and can heavily increase the security measures of any location. Install a photoelectric beam detector and secure the things that are most important to you!

Use Photoelectric Beam Detectors to secure any area!

Photoelectric beam detectors are packaged as a pair. One of the detectors plays the role of a transmitter while the other is a receiver. Basically, the photoelectric beam detector transmitter sends a beam of infrared light to the receiver. The beams going across an area create a fence of light that is used to secure an indoor or outdoor area. Once the beams are broken or interrupted, an alarm signal is generated. The alarm signal can be managed in numerous ways, but the most common way is to attach it to your current alarm system. By doing this you can arm, disarm, and completely manage the photoelectric beam detectors through your current alarm keypad. 

There are various photoelectric beam detectors designed to support different security applications. Each photoelectric beam detector will offer you a particular range that it is able to send a beam or multiple beams. So you will want to evaluate the distance between the detectors and choose the product that best supports your needs. There are also photoelectric beam detectors that are designed to support indoor, outdoor, or both installation types. We offer photoelectric beam detectors that will support any security applications. Our outdoor photoelectric beam detectors are 100% weatherproof, IP66 rated, and able to handle even the toughest outdoor weather conditions. We also offer photoelectric beam detectors that offer high reliability, and offer the adjustable setting needed to combat false alarms. 

Photoelectric beam detectors are pretty simple to install. It is important to position them in areas where you think an intruder would cross. You don’t want to install them in areas where you think small animals or falling leaves could cause the detectors to trigger an alarm. So aim and install photoelectric beam detectors in areas where you think an intruder will pass. If you are installing beam detectors in areas where you think the environment or even small animals could cause issues to your system, we recommend using our QUAD beam detectors. A QUAD beam detector can be set up so all four of the beams have to be broken before the system will report an alarm. This adds the extra flexibility needed to combat false alarms. 

At Cabling Plus we have numerous photoelectric beam detector products available so support your needs. We have the photoelectric beam detectors designed to support any indoor or outdoor installation types. There are beam detectors available to secure different sizes of areas from a small door, to a huge parking lot, or large piece of land. Let us support you in securing the things most important to you. If you need help in choosing or installing a photoelectric beam detector call us today. We have the security experts on staff to ensure your project is a complete success!

What is a photoelectric beam detector?

A photoelectric beam detector is designed for perimeter security applications at the home or business. They are the best option to secure large indoor and outdoor areas. Photoelectric beam detectors include a transmitter and a receiver that send an invisible beam of light between the two. If the beam is broken by an intruder the receiver will send a signal back to the alarm panel which will cause the alarm to trigger. Photoelectric beam detectors are very popular add-ons to a current alarm system. Once in place they are managed and controlled right from the keypad of your alarm system. They act just like any other peripheral that is added to your alarm panel.

How do I install a photoelectric beam detector?

Photoelectric beam detectors come with the mounting hardware you need to surface or pole mount them. Once mounted, you will need to use a separate power supply or the on-board auxiliary power from the alarm panel to send power out to both the received and transmitter. So you will have to run wire from the power source to both the transmitter and receiver. You will also need to install a wire for the actual signal which means you will have to run wire from the relay output of the alarm panel out to just the receiver. The receiver is the component that will send a signal back to the alarm panel once the detector is triggered. Keep in mind that many people will power these detectors locally out where they are installed. But either way both sides need to be powered. If your current alarm panel is already powering numerous add-ons or peripherals the power may already be used and not sufficient enough to power the photoelectric beam detector. In this case you may have to use a separate power supply just for the beam detectors. We recommend using a standard 18-2 multi-conductor cable to support both the power and the signal from the devices.

How do photoelectric beam detectors combat false alarms?

Most photoelectric beam detectors have more than one beam of light crossing an area. The more beams you have will provide the best immunity since all the beams must be broken in order to sense an intruder. We offer photoelectric beam detectors with twin and quad beam options to provide maximum immunity from birds, leaves, small animals, or any other objects in the environment that could cause a false alarm. You also want to mount the beams at the right height so you are not allowing small animals to trigger the sensors. The photoelectric beam detectors also offer lens optics with a reinforced beam strength that will ensure rain, mist, snow, and fog do not cause false alarms.

What distance will photoelectric beam sensors send a beam?

Every photoelectric beam sensor is different. We offer sensors that will secure a perimeter up to 700 feet outdoors and 1300 feet indoors. Detectors are available for both long and short range security applications. Prior to picking a beam sensor take a measurement of the area you are securing and then choose the right product for your needs.

When would I use a perimeter detector indoors?

Many people use beam detectors both in the home and business. In a residential installation you can use the beam to secure doorways, entry ways, and even indoor patios. Many business owners and corporations use beam detectors to secure warehouse areas, hallways, or high security rooms and areas. As long as the receiver and transceiver are facing each other you can secure pretty much any area.

Can photoelectric beam detector withstand the weather?

All of our beam detectors that are rated for indoor and outdoor use are both sunlight and weather resistant. They also include a built-in anti-frost system that features a heater to combat even the coldest environments. You can rest assure our sensors will provide total protection in even the most demanding weather conditions.

How do you ensure the beams of a photoelectric detector are lined up properly?

Photoelectric beam detectors work point to point, so it is important to line them up properly. The SECO-LARM beam detectors offer an innovative beam alignment system that ensures accurate and reliable positioning.