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Outdoor IP Camera Housing from garden lamps

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Recently, a friend of mine who regularly installs IP security systems found he had a surplus of cameras and was looking to get rid of them. I had an uninvited guest relieve me of a few things a couple of years ago and had been considering putting in a number of cameras myself. Guess it was fate.

As I was planning the installation I realized that I wanted at least some of the cameras outside where they would be in the weather. Of course my friend only had indoor cameras. I needed camera housings that were..... 1. inexpensive (the regular housings were more than a hundred bucks more than the camera) and 2. the correct shape (take a look at the picture) . I did what anyone who visits this page would do...I went to my junk box an made a square peg fit into a round hole for the betterment of all humanity. (I have been looking for a way to fit that phrase in)

I began tinkering as a way to make something that is no longer useful, useful again. That is the green component. Taking trash and making something relevant. I thought, if I could save a bunch of money as well, so much the better. All said, this project saved me in upwards of 500 euros which is as green as it gets.
I had thought of running everything on solar power, but that requires solar panels which are not free. We are saving money, remember. Perhaps when another friend of mine has a surplus of solar panels and batteries........
 
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shanecoley3 months ago

simple night vision soloution, take cover off ip camera. dissconect the connector going to the ir led board. put camera back together and buy an led illuminator, its the same size as a dome cctv camera, theyr about £4 on ebay, mount it just below the camera, sorted

jongscx7 months ago
How well is this holding up outdoors? Light bulbs are a little bit less finicky than cameras, so I'm curious if this solution is weatherproof enough.
kcruz72 years ago
Guys,

Anyone knows how to use the "DVS Image Center"? It's the software I was talking about but seems I can't get it to work. I'm a newbie in the IP Cam world and I hope you can help me with it. It's a great software I got for free from tenvis (their site) and it seems useful but the manual ain't helpful. Here's their site (it also includes software for Iphone and Android enabled phones to see your ip cams anywhere):

http://www.tenvis.com/web/tenvisdown.html

Francis
kcruz72 years ago
Guys,

I found a seller on ebay that sells dirt cheap IR LEDs. I hope it's the right nm... Jaden, please take a look into it and please advice us. You're right, I guess it is best to come up with an IR floodlight for those dark places in your area at night. No one else will know anyway there is IR lighting up the whole place and it consumes very low power.

Great Work! Keep it up Jaden.

Francis
kcruz72 years ago
There are some concerns here about the infra red reflecting on the dome of the camera. I have read somewhere in a forum and below is the exchange of conversation:

Q1. My camera has night vision function, can I still use it with the dome?
A. No, you have to block up the LED window of your camera to avoid IR beams from being reflected off the transparent cover to the sensor.
   
Q2. What will happen if I don't block up the LED window?
A. You will see white halos if IR beams emitted from the camera are reflected back into the sensor.

But then again, I am wondering, if you cover or block up the LED (infra red) window of the cam, how will you see at night, right? Just try it out guys and let us know the outcome.

I have become an avid ip cam person since i got my first ip cam last month. I also got a software (some sort of control center) that can handle up to 36 cameras, though I'm still in the study it mode on that. I'm willing to share (as it seems to be unlicensed) and if you guys also have the same, might as well share in this site.

Thanks...
triumphman3 years ago
What is a euro equal to in american dollars? Looks like many countries are not happy with the euro sytstem and are considering going back to their original money, ie.: pound, deutchmark or whatever. I'm glad I hung onto my original pounds, franks, etc...!
Try this site for forex conversions (I use it as my basis, it's off by a few cents but somehow you'd get the general idea):

http://finance.yahoo.com/currency-converter/;_ylt=AmpxxtVdLqgYlD2jChpYT1200KB4;_ylu=X3oDMTE4dDg0ZjNhBHBvcwMyBHNlYwNjdXJyZW5jaWVzTmF2BHNsawNjdXJyZW5jeWNvbnY-#from=USD;to=EUR;amt=1

Francis
kcruz72 years ago
Jaden,

I have found a site that sells low cost cam housing (at least at $37 it's the lowest I found). This is the site (the one with the lowest cm housing cost):

http://securitybestbuy.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=74_157_160&products_id=741

I just dunno if it would fit your/our cams... You have a great site... Keep it up!!!

Francis
Intersting stuff....I love the enclosure. Unfortunately glass lets some of the IR through and the rest bounces back, giving an aweful reflection on the camera sensor; of course glass is more durable and prettier. I wonder if an acylic like PMM or even some cheaper types migh allow enough IR to pass and not reflect back to get a usable image.
I must admit this enclosure looks like a work of art (Kudos to the author)and maybe just disabling the IR source and using the IR sensor can give a decent image. I'm going lamp hunting tomorrow for potential housings, then I'm going to see if I can find some type of acrylic based material to fit; I might have to indugle in the use of silicone to seal it up. I'll keep you posted if I have any luck. Great work Jaden! And thx to eupremier for the tid bit on glass.
:)
rookie15 years ago
Very good instructable. Well made and understandable. Very good idea.
eupremier5 years ago
Good idea but your apparatus needs some work... those cameras have infra-red night-vision... when the light levels fall at night they'll be activated -and you'll lose your image completely! Reason: Reflection of IR off the glass dome which 'blinds' the camera! Solution: Use an IR sensitive camera (Day/Night camera) -but mount the IR emitters externally! Regards, Greg. http://www.halosecurity.ie
Jaden123 (author)  eupremier5 years ago
The cameras have a config page where the IR can be disabled. I mentioned in an earlier post a floodlight style IR. So far I have not had any problems with the IR blinding the camera image.
pwnman5 years ago
great job, ive been stolen from a few times and now il know if it happens:)
spectrex5 years ago
Nice job, as other have stated night vision is a problem when camera is behind glass. I would be very interested to see new IR solutions, maximum lighting distance. Looking forward to those.
darlin1215 years ago
What a great idea! Using the garden lamps to protect the cameras is a good way to recycle with a purpose. Good job!
Jaden123 (author) 5 years ago
I had to build a separate infrared flood light for better night vision. I don't really like it. I am still trying to make more of a spotlight that moves with the camera. I'll post when I have it working. Still trying to use old material and that takes longer..
xboxteen015 years ago
This is awesome. I tried hiding mine in a birdhouse. Birds were not happy. Is there anyway to use night vision in a setup like this without the infrared glare blinding the camera?
Unfortunately the Webcam is particially blinded by the IR lighting when they are sharing the same housing, but not always. A solution to this would be to use a separate housing for the IR lighting, which has a secondary benefit whereby a large power output can be used to flood an area with IR light and thus give better video of the field by the Webcam. In your case a duplex bird house could be built with cam in one and IR lighting in the other, also use a darkened piece of plexi glass to hide the webcam and the IR leds during daylight hours.
That's perfect! I've thought a lot about using webcams for miscellaneous things, but the problem of water proofing always remained. Thanks!
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