|IR24REC-1 IR Illuminator
PIE and Haunted Destinations Texas are always looking for
new ways to enhance our investigative experiences and
techniques, including building some of our own equipment, below
we discuss a new invention from one of our own investigators,
Jeff Kreuger has developed a new IR light that we are now using
in our investigations.
The IR24REC-1 IR Illuminator is a 24x 850nm wavelength
infrared LED light designed specifically for use with Sony
Night-shot capable camcorders. It is powered by 4 Energizer
lithium ion batteries and has a calculated battery life of 16
to 18 hours. Initial testing at the Olle Hotel showed that the
light remained fully operational and at 100% illumination for 9
hours of continuous usage in both static and non-static
situations. After reviewing the video footage only minimal
electrical problems were seen (flickering) and no battery
fatigue was observed over the entire 9 hours of usage. While I
consider the first light a complete success I plan to make a
second IR light in a different configuration of LEDs and with a
more reliable wiring scheme.
I will follow-up on this review once I have the second
Initial Prototype Breadboard assembly
Final assembled PCB with battery pack
PCB Mounted on the camera - Right-Rear view
PCB Mounted on the Camera - Front View
Now lets take a look at our results
The image above is a demonstrational shot of the standard
camera IR, very dark and hard to see due to a single Infra-Red
This image above is a demonstrational shot of the same scene
using a SONY HVL-IRM, notice how it only illuminates a small
area of the scene?
This image above is a demonstrational shot using our new
IR24REC-1, notice how much of the scene is illuminated by our
new IR innovation? It is much brighter with more of a flood
pattern than the SONY HVL-IRM.
We have been very happy with the performance of our new
IR24REC-1 IR Illuminator and look forward to the new revisions,
keep them coming Jeff!