Camera Pendant Mounting Guide

By: IPVM Team, Published on Mar 07, 2019

It is often necessary to suspend a camera from a high open ceiling. This is commonplace in retail, warehouse, industrial sites, hangars, and other locations with high ceilings.

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In this guide we provide details of the components and methods used to install pendant mounts for cameras including:

  • 3 detailed video demonstrating pendant mount installation
  • Pendant Mount Basics
  • Standard Electrical Fittings
  • Manufacturer Pendant Mounts
  • Camera Specific Mounting Systems
  • Pros and Cons and comparison of each method
  • Aesthetic and installation concerns
  • Pricing comparisons

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Pendant Mount Basics

Pendant mounts are used when cameras must be ceiling mounted, but ceiling height is too high to provide proper mounting angle. They consist of a mounting based attached to the ceiling, either a solid surface or building steel, with an extended pipe/tube dropped down to the desired mounting height, to which the camera is mounted. Pendants may be constructed using standard electrical fittings or camera-specific parts, which we review later in this report.

This graphic reviews the basic parts of a pendant mount:

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Comments (18)

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