ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Entry door viewers and Peep Holes

Updated on February 9, 2013
Door Viewer
Door Viewer

Door Viewers and Peep Holes

Door viewers and Peep holes allow you to see who is on the outside of your door before you let them in to your home or business.

There are quite a few types of door viewers available and you need to make sure you have the right one for your door. It is easy to choose the wrong peephole, so here is some basic information to help you choose the correct one to suit your door.

Check your door type

First of all you need to check if your door has any special requirements. Some doors can not have extra holes drilled in to them and you should check your doors' fire rating. Most unit doors will have some sort of fire rating and your door viewer or Peep Hole will need to have been tested to meet the fire rating specifications.

View angle

The angle of view is quite important. A viewer that only has a small view angle might not see people hiding in corners outside your door. Generally a wide angle of view can see better at short distances and can see black spots where someone could hide.

Are you home?

It is preferable if your door viewer or peep hole obscures your presence from people on the outside of the door. If someone on the outside of the door can see there is someone home it can anger them that you have not opened the door or acknowledged their presence. If you can not be seen you can look and choose not to open the door if you are not sure who the person is.

Not too close

The distance you are away from the door is also worth consideration. Some door viewers and peep holes require your to put your eye right on the inside of the door. This can be a bit unnerving when you do not know who is on the other side of the door, Some door viewers and peep holes allow you to view from a distance so you do not have to be close to the door to check who is there.

Electronic door viewers

Some security systems already have a camera wired in so you can see who is at a front gate or a common entry door. It is also possible to have a camera style viewer for your front door. There are also some wireless door viewers that you can view from another room, or you can carry it to wherever in the house you are.

Some electronic door viewers have the added advantage of inferred lights so it is possible to see who is on the other side of the door even in the dark.

Installation by a locksmith

It is advisable to get your door viewer or peep hole installed by a qualified locksmith so you get the correct viewer for your door. A locksmith should know the correct way to fit the door viewer or peep hole and installation requirements such as the correct height the door viewer should be fitted at.

Door Viewer and Peep Hole Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Brisbanelocksmith profile imageAUTHOR

      John Magee 

      6 years ago from Brisbane, Qld, Australia

      The electronic door viewers are cameras. If you are looking into a bright light the exposure will be extreme. If it is dark outside you will not see much.

      Inferred door viewers are best for seeing in the dark.

      Some of the non electronic door viewers also require a great deal of light. Especially the larger view door viewers. It is always a good idea to check the viewer in low light levels if possible.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      How effective are the electronic viewers. I hear they do not work if there is bright light or not enough light. Want to get one because they are so cheap, but don't want to drill holes in my door if they are not up to the task.

      Great lens. thanks for the information provided


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)