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IR Illuminator

Discussion in 'Alarms, CCTV & Telephones' started by Mr Gear, 15 Jan 2020 at 12:41 PM.

  1. Mr Gear

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    Hi,

    I thought this would be easy, but clearly not...

    What I was looking for was a mains powered IR Illuminator / floodlight. All I can find are are 12V and hence require a suitable PSU nearby.

    I thought they'd just be like your average floodlight, but it seems most are designed to have a 12V feed split off from a nearby CCTV camera. Space is a limitation and having a power pack adjacent isn't ideal, especially with having to stick it in a weatherproof enclosure too.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    As an alternative, consider investing in a better camera.
    With a more sensitive camera like the Hikvision Darkfighter you can get colour pictures with only a modest level of visible light. We have two of them at the front of the house that give good pictures just using scatter from street lights.
    If you want to cover a dark area you could probably benefit from an external LED white light anyway.
    Much better than the grey pictures with IR.
     
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    PSU doesn't have to be particularly near- doubt the current draw is going to be massive (say 24w so 12v 2A)- 1.5mm T & E will do 10 metres at that.
    Or as above stick an LED up on a PIR- plenty of those available at 240v
     
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    Thanks for the replies. Camera is fine, but like any of them night vision would always be improved by more light. There is a small LED floodlight on a PIR, but light pollution to adjacent properties would prohibit anything larger or having one on permanently. An IR illuminator will almost certainly help but it just finding the right solution. Windows either side mean the PSU will have to be nearby. Difficult to describe and no photo available unfortunately.
     
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