Guide to Choosing a Security Mirror
There are several criteria to consider when choosing a security mirror:
- Will the mirror be used indoors or outdoors?
- How durable does the mirror need to be? Will it be in an area where it is more likely to receive impact?
- What reflective range is needed for the security mirror? As a general rule, 1 inch of mirror allows viewing up to 1 foot. So a 24 inch mirror would be viewable from about 24 feet away.
- Additionally, the shape of the mirror will impact its use. View the table below
- Convex Safety Mirrors
- Typically provides a clearer reflection but more limited reflection range.
- Help to eliminate blind spots in warehouses, offices and garage areas. Helpful for preventing collisions around corners and at aisle intersections in a warehouse.
- Acrylic Mirrors
- Approximately 100 times stronger than glass and cheaper than polycarbonate mirrors. Offers superb reflection, more in line with glass reflection but are not as strong as polycarbonate.
- Can be used in many settings including warehouses, offices, and outdoors (when specified).
- Polycarbonate Mirrors
- Polycarbonate mirrors are 250 times stronger than glass and are virtually unbreakable (though they can be scratched). They are extremely weather resistant and provide good reflection.
- Often used in areas where there is more danger of breakage like schools, warehouse facilities, prisons, public buildings, hospitals.
- Dome Mirrors
- Dome mirrors provide a full 360 degree view but may be more limited in clarity of the reflection.
- Best for covering large areas like warehouses, retail stores, and hospitals that need overhead surveillance.
- Half Dome Mirrors
- These mirrors provide 180 degrees of reflection.
- Often used at 3-way "T" intersections for monitoring stores, showrooms, aisles and blind corners.
- Quarter Dome Mirros
- Provide 90 degrees, also referred to as 'corner mirrors'.
- Ideal for viewing 90 degree corners and providing blind spot coverage in intersecting hallways, aisles and cubicles.