- Consumer Electronics & Personal Gadgets
Peepholes go High Tech with LCD
Someone is outside of your door. Do you open your home to just everyone or do you hesitate before acknowledging that there is anyone at home? Have you ever been able to see much of anything out of that tiny little hole in the door called a peep hole? Can the visitor see you as you squint to see them?
If you can relate – there is an interesting alternative. The Brinno PeepHole allows you to view what is going on outside of the door much like the way you see life through the monitor on a digital camera. Zoom in to see more detail and zoom back out to see the wide angle view.
The Brinno PeepHole installs right into the existing hole in the door – assuming that you already have a traditional peep hole installed. There is a tool in the package that will assist in removing the existing peephole hardware. Once the original peephole barrel is removed it will be replaced by the Brinno PeepHole Viewer barrel.
Next a base plate is secured to the door and provides a base for the PeepHole Viewer. After installing the included 2 AA batteries, the final step is to snap the Viewer into place. The Viewer is then secured by a small set screw on the bottom side – out of sight.
The Brinno PeepHole looks like any other peephole on the outside of the door. On the interior side of the door the Brinno PeepHole measures less than 6 inches wide x 4 inches high x 1.25 inches thick. The 2.5 inch LCD screen is set off by the black bezel which is then surrounded by a silver plastic rim. There is one button placed below the LCD screen and when the batteries run low there is a tiny light that alerts you to replace the batteries.
The Brinno PeepHole works on the same principle of a digital camera. Light is necessary to see the image. During the daylight hours your view outside of the door is clear. However, at night the view is hindered by darkness. A low light porch light will not provide enough light for a clear view from the Brinno PeepHole. The addition of a bright motion detecting light would be a good idea since night viewing is very important. It may seem a bit unconventional but I would consider installing both a traditional and a Brinno PeepHole to provide the best vision as possible in either bright light or low light conditions. The only downside to this idea is that you lose the total privacy of the Brinno PeepHole.
The Brinno PeepHole is a good idea for anyone but can add extra security for those that are impaired in anyway. If it is difficult to see through a tiny peephole in the door, if you are short in stature, if you are frightened to let the visitor know that you are there - the 2.5 inch large LCD screen will be easier to see and you can remain undetected.