Magnetic locks and electric strikes are electrical hardware devices used to maintain an electric door strike or magnetic door lock opening. Both of these devices can activate by a range of tools, including passcodes, biometric readersaccess cards, or buzzers. When comparing magnetic locks to electric strikes, consider factors such as intended function, security needs, safety egress, and cost to help you choose between the two.


An electromagnetic lock (magnetic lock, maglock) is a locking device that consists of an armature plate. A current passing through the electromagnet attracts the container holding the door shut by attaching the door frame and the learner plate to the door. Magnetic door locks require a constantly available source of power. If power is lost, the magnet will not work. A magnetic lock is always fail-safe and unlocks mechanical if power cut.

Magnetic locks are almost installing with an access control system, which requires authentication for users to enter. They are usually installing along with a keypad and a key card or essential fob access control reader. Most maglocks are installed on glass doors, though they work well with wooden or metal doors too.


Magnetic locks possess many advantages over conventional locks and electric strikes:

Easy to install:

Magnetic door locks are generally easier to install than other locks, given there are no interconnecting parts.

Quick to operate:

Magnetic locks unlock instantly when the power is cutting, allowing for quick operation compared to other locks.

Suffer less damage:

Magnetic door locks may also suffer minor damage from multiple blows than conventional locks.


What is an electric strike? If you look at a standard door, you’ll see three major parts that keep it secure. The first two parts are called the lockset and consist of the handle and the latch. The handle is the device that you grab and turn to open the door. The latch is the small metal bolt that you will see sticking out of the side of the door when the door is open. The third part is the strike (known as the strike plate), which looks like a metal plate with a hole for the latch to rest inside. An electric strike replaces the fixed strike faceplate. Usually, it presents a ramped surface to the locking latch allowing the door to close and latch just like a fixed strike would.

An electric strike is an access control installed on a door to allow access with an access control system or some other type of remote release system. Electric strikes are commonly used in commercial access control systems because they allow doors to remain locked on the exterior to prevent public access.

Electric strikes are generally available in two configurations:


A fail-secure (a.k.a. fail-locked) locks the device when power is lost, keeping the building secure.


Fail-safe (a.k.a. fail-open) locking devices unlock once power is cutting, allowing for safe egress of occupants.


Some of the advantages to using electric strikes over other types of locks are:


Electric strikes are usually more affordable than magnetic locks, making them a good choice for building managers on a budget.

Easy to operate:

Electric strikes are more accessible, in general, to meet fire and life safety codes with an electric strike than with a mag lock.

Quick exit:

An electric strike is much less likely to delay egress because it can operate from inside the building.

Both Magnetic Locks and Electric Strikes have their advantages and disadvantages. However, whether you use a magnetic door lock or electric strike as your means of securing your doorway. There are many access control devices that you can utilize to form your overall security access control system in Miami. For help with configuring a magnetic lock or electric strike system, contact Dicsan Technology today at (786) 622-2221, and we will get the process started for you!