Electric Strike Lock

Electrical power is supplied to the strike, which holds the latch or lock bolt in place, keeping the door locked until the release system is activated. The type of release system chosen will vary based on the application.

 How does an electric door strike work?


electric strike locksElectric strike locks work by replacing the standard strike (the metal plate with a hole in it that's in the door frame) with an energized strike in which one side is cut out and replaced with a hinged piece of metal. When activated, the piece of metal swings like a saloon door and opens the entrance.
What is the difference between electric strike and magnetic lock?
With a magnetic lock, the door is always locked from both sides of the opening. ... Electric strikes provide security only for the exterior side of the door. Occupants can freely exit at anytime from inside the building simply by turning the knob or handle, or by depressing the pad on the exit device.

You've seen them everywhere, including:

  • Commercial Buildings
  • Banks
  • Technology Centers
  • Warehouses
  • Industrial Facilities
  • Technology Centers
  • Convention Centers
  • Long Term Living Facilities
  • Stairwells
  • Apartment buildings
  • Hotel rooms
  • Schools and Universities
  • Nursing homes

Electric strikes replace a standard door strike and is connected to a power supply.

When an electric strike is activated, it releases the latch, unlocking the door.

Electric strike locks remain locked from the outside at all times. When the door closes behind you, it automatically returns to a locked position. Electric strike locks are opened from the inside by pressing a panic bar or other manual release device.

 What's the difference between a fail-secure Electric Strike and fail-safe Electric Strike?

Fail-secure Electric strike:
A fail-secure electric strike is required for a fire rated opening and will remain locked during a power outage. This is the safer of the two options since it will keep the building secure and will not allow entry into the building if the power goes out. Of course, exiting from the inside is always possible with a panic bar or other exit device since the electric strike is only locked from the outside.

Fail-safe Electric strike: A fail-safe electric strike will unlock in the event of a power loss, allowing everyone free access.

Magnetic locks, in comparison, are all fail-safe. Therefore, in a power outage, a magnetic lock will remain unlocked and not function. This creates a serious security risk for a building that needs to remain secure in the event of a power outage. For this reason, electric strikes are recommended over magnetic locks.

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Benefits of Electric strikes


  • Security: Electric strikes are a very secure and safe option for latching a door since they can only be activated with a card, pin or remote device that is associated with the strike.
  • Convenience: When it is connected to a remote system, you can simply allow someone entry from the comfort of your desk or bedroom by the push of a button. An electric strike attached to a pin code can also be useful, since no key is necessary and you can choose who to share the code with.
  • Easy installation: Installation of electric strikes is quicker and simpler. That's because electric strikes are mounted only on the frame, installing them requires only cutting at the frame. Electronic locks, on the other hand, require prep on the door itself which can complicate
  • Low cost installation: Because electric locks are easier to install as explained above, a hired contractor or handyman should take less time to install them; therefore, your labor and materials cost should be similar to a standard strike installation.

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