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Electric Strike Lock

Electric strike locks are devices that are popular in a variety of commercial or public settings, from apartment buildings, university dorms, warehouses, banks, and more. But is this the right locking system for your Buffalo business? In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about these devices. And, if you need more information or are ready for an installation, our team at Red Key LLC is here to help!

Let’s dive right in:

What is an electric strike lock?

In traditional mechanical locks, a strike plate holds the latch in place. The strike plate’s only job is to remain stationary; the latch is the device that extends and retracts as you turn the knob or lever.

In an electric strike lock, on the other hand, the strike plate has the capacity to release the latch without turning a knob or lever. It does this with the use of a ramped surface that can be remotely controlled to open or shut. When the electric strike is not engaged, it functions the same way as a traditional strike plate. So, you can see that it gives the user more control over how the door can be opened.

You may have seen this kind of technology installed in apartment buildings in which each individual apartment can push a button to temporarily unlock the main building door. Electric strikes are also popular in hospital settings, warehouses, and handicap operator doors, and they can also be mounted on doors with panic hardware.

Is electric strike the same as electrified lock?

While the terms are similar, these are, in fact, two different devices. An electric strike, as we’ve covered, refers to the design of the strike plate.

An electric lock works by electrically controlling the latch. Many smart locks which use a FOB, passkey, or app, work by remotely opening or closing the latch or deadbolt.

There are pros and cons for each kind of lock. Electric strikes are typically a bit cheaper, easier to install, and required by some building standards.

What is fail-secure versus fail-safe?

The distinction between fail-secure and fail-safe refers to how the electric strike will function in the case of a power-outage or emergency situation.

More specifically, fail-safe electric strikes will completely disengage during a power outage, allowing for free entry into the building. A fail-secure electric strike, on the other hand, will always remain locked.

Fail-secure locks are reserved for areas of high security, such as banks. They are also used on fire doors, which must be able to be firmly sealed off in order to avoid the spread of a fire.

Whether you need a fail safe or fail secure lock is important to consider when buying an electric strike. Some models allow you to toggle between either mode, while other electric strikes are designed to be only fail-safe or only fail-secure.

How much do electric strike locks cost?

There are a few factors which will determine the price of an electric strike, including:

  • The durability of the lock. Just like with other kinds of locks, higher quality electric strikes that have been graded for higher traffic areas will likely come with a higher price tag.
  • Design. Nowadays, there are options for slimmer, more aesthetically pleasing electric strikes, which may increase the overall price.
  • Whether they are fire rated. Anything with a fire rating needs to withstand certain temperature and durability requirements. For this reason, electric plates that will be installed on emergency exits or fire doors will be more expensive.

With these considerations in mind, In general, you’ll find prices ranging from around $100-$300 for standard electric strikes to upwards of $500 for top-of-the-line models. These prices do not include installation costs.

What are the best brands of electric strike locks?

Some of the most trusted electric strike manufacturers include HES, SDC, and UHPPOTE.

Is it possible to install these devices on your own?

There are a few reasons why it’s recommended to seek out the help of a locksmith when installing electric strikes.

For one thing, we’re familiar with the Buffalo NY building codes and regulations surrounding these types of locks. So, we can help you choose whether you need a fail-safe or fail-secure lock and order the right size and voltage for your setting.

The other reason is that electric strikes are more complicated to install than traditional strikes because they often require cutting of a new housing to accommodate the moving components. An experienced locksmith knows how to properly measure, cut and install an electric strike.

More questions about electric strikes ?

If you’re located here in Buffalo NY, our team here at Red Key LLC will be happy to answer all your electric strike questions, help you choose the right model, and oversee the installation!


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