What is gloss?

Gloss is the attribute of the surface which causes it to have a shiny appearance and therefore is the visual perception of any object. However, the effects are solely based on the interaction of the light with the surface.

The spectrum starts off at high gloss and ends at matte. To measure how glossy your surface is use a glossmeter. This will tell you where your surface lies on the scale, of glossy or matte.

Glossmeter

Why measure gloss?

The gloss of a surface can be influenced by a range of factors. One of these factors being the smoothness achieved for the surface in the polishing process.  Due to the fact that manufacturers design their products to have maximum appeal, the surface of one object may be smoother than the other, depending on the overall design. An example of this is furniture. Some furnishings are designed at high gloss whereas others are matte. It all depends on what range of gloss would suit the product you are designing.

Customers notice the difference between a high gloss unit compared to a low gloss unit. However, potential buyers will also notice a difference between a slight difference in gloss and therefore the gloss levels of every product you sell the same of should be the same.

How do I measure gloss with a gloss meter?

Gloss is measured by directing a constant intense light beam at a surface, at a fixed angle. You should monitor the amount of reflected light from the angle, however, different surfaces do require different reflective angles and therefore it is important to ensure that you know the angle you should be measuring at before you start. This particular experiment is carried out using a gloss meter and measuring the specular reflectance.

Choosing a CCTV System

screen that is part of cctv system

If you have made the decision to have a CCTV system installed and are just about to contract a CCTV installation company to do the job, you have come to the right place. The next step would be to figure out what type of CCTV system would be most suitable for you. Here are a few tips/guidelines to get you started:

First off, you need to assess how large the area of surveillance is. This will determine what type of CCTV cameras you should have installed and how many cameras are ideal in order to cover the space that you wish to survey.

Secondly, you will also have to make a choice between fixed or moving cameras. In this regard, it may be best to consult with a CCTV installation company as they are professionals and thus they will be able to provide you with professional advice. There are fixed cameras and pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras. PTZ cameras give you the option of focusing on a subject.

One of the benefits of technological advancements is that now, it is possible to integrate CCTV use with other security systems. For instance, integration with an intruder alarm can be set up for a more enhanced security measure. What happens in this scenario is that when your alarm system is activated, your CCTV system automatically begins recording images at a higher resolution. For more information or assistance, consult with a CCTV installation company. They can provide you with the full 411 in order to maximize your CCTV system.

If you are on a budget, this is not a problem. This is why there is a wide range of cameras available that you can choose from so that you can both meet your needs as well as stay within your allotted budget. Again, it will be helpful to hire professionals to assist you.