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IR illuminators for better night time security camera viewing.

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    IR illuminators for better night time security camera viewing.

    For those that have security cameras with night vision and have added IR illuminators to deepen your view at night, which ones did you use? I've looked at a bunch on amazon and a few sites but haven't really had much luck deciding which ones actually work the best. So anybody have any recommendations? Any solar powered ones with motion sensors? I'm not opposed to wiring them up, but solar would definitely be easier as long as the cost isn't too high.

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    Im not big on cameras. Most of the bad guys wear hoodies and all look alike.
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    All my cameras have IR illuminators built it, the changeover to IR is automatic when light level drops, IR is off till then.

    They all have a active night range of 175 feet.

    If I use an NVD while they are on, It looks like noon time in July with no overcast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SOCOM42 View Post
    All my cameras have IR illuminators built it, the changeover to IR is automatic when light level drops, IR is off till then.

    They all have a active night range of 175 feet.

    If I use an NVD while they are on, It looks like noon time in July with no overcast.
    What camera do you use? Mine claim 130ft I believe, but I still have some dead spots I'd like to light up on camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwheel View Post
    Im not big on cameras. Most of the bad guys wear hoodies and all look alike.
    The cameras work well for both the 4 and 2 legged critters that wonder onto my property. Bump in the night? A quick check of the cameras before proceeding, at least then I have an idea of what I might be getting into. For positive ID at night, probably not gonna happen.

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    The cameras are by Alibi, all have varifocal lenses.

    These I installed four years ago, replacing the previous ones that had been up for about ten years.

    None are wireless, power is supplied through the coax.

    I don't use any supplementary lighting with them.

    Monitors and repeaters are HP 24" flat screens.

    Key cameras are hooked into a four channel digital recorder that runs 24/7.

    Bump in the night, I go with ANPVS-7 goggles, noon time outside with them and the camera illuminators.
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    I ordered one of these from amazon to see if it'll help. It was cheap enough to give it a whirl.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    Good luck with it.

    What is the reach?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOCOM42 View Post
    Good luck with it.

    What is the reach?
    85ft with a pretty wide spread is what they claim. Should work pretty good for the darker spot I have on my back camera. If it works well, I may get another. I like the idea of IR instead of security lights flipping on and off all night. It does have a photocell to turn it on automatically.

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    I have found that if they claim 85ft is closer to half that. I have also found that adding security lights helps the cameras see and you see. Put real lights up.

 

 
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