Frequently Asked Questions About Infrared Illuminators

Sometimes, it is necessary that the target area of a surveillance camera remains dark to the human eye. Infrared illuminators are made for instances like these. Since infrared lies in the non-visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum, human beings cannot see their light but cameras can. Here are some FAQs about infrared illuminators:

Why do I need an infrared illuminator?

Illuminating a CCTV camera with floodlights alerts potential intruders to its presence, allowing them come up with ways to evade surveillance. With IR lighting, the intruder may not even realize they are being recorded until it’s too late. Additionally, infrared illuminators are great for residential areas or places where light pollution is a concern.

How far will my cameras see with infrared lighting?

As far as the camera was originally designed to see. Infrared lighting does nothing to impede the performance of cameras, rather, it improves images and captured footage.

Will natural light affect infrared lighting?

An infrared illuminator produces light regardless of the natural light in the area. Natural light has no effect on it. Think of it like turning on a flashlight outside on a sunny afternoon. One does not stop the other from working.

Why does my camera white out when I use infrared illuminators?

Because they can’t see the light, people often make a mistake when coupling an infrared illuminator to a CCTV camera. They do not face the illuminator completely away from the camera. You may not be able to see the light, but your camera can. If the IR light overlaps the camera’s field of view, the camera whites out.

Where can I get durable and functional infrared illuminators?
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