Electric Strike Locks and Home Security Electric Strike Locks and Home Security

More and more often, people are opting for electric strike locks for their home security needs. These types of locks are becoming very popular and for several different reasons. You will need to make sure to do your research so that you can get a good idea of what these specific types of locks are about. The more that you know about them, the better off you will be when it comes to deciding if they are going to be the right choice for you.

What They Are

Basically, electric strike locks is a type of an access control device. This will be something that you end up using for your door. It will replace your faceplate that is already fixed in the place with the latch bar. It is a lot like a fixed strike as it will end up having a ramp surface normally. This ramped surface will end up going against the locking latch. This will be what allows your door to close and latch as it normally does with the fixed strike.

The main difference is that the electric strike has a ramped surface that can end up pivoting out of the way completely of your latch. Whenever this happens, the door will be able to be pushed open from the outside without you having to worry about the latch being retracted. You also won’t have to worry about the lever or the knob being turned to allow for a way out.


There are a couple different types of configurations when it comes to electric strike locks. It is important that you know a lot about both of these so that you will be able to choose the best one for you. There is the fail secure configuration. This particular configuration is also called a non fail safe or a fail lock.

This particular configuration will basically apply electric current to the strikes. This will in turn cause it to open. The strike is going to end up staying locked should there be a power failure. Another configuration is the fail safe. This is something that is also called a fail open. This configuration has an electric current that is applied to the strike that will end up causing it to lock. It works in a lot of the same ways as a magnetic lock. It does not work during a power failure.


Some of the electric strikes will come with buzzers that will allow people that are not at the door hear whenever the door is open. The buzzer is going to basically be because of an AC current. It is not going to be an overly loud sound but just loud enough for others near it to be able to hear.


You should think about the locking hardware as well as the type of the jamb and whether you want a fail safe or a fail secure. You also need to consider the depth of the jamb, length of the latch and the voltage. 

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