I recently was looking for infrared lighting for some videos and stumbled across IR Illuminators. So I purchased a couple from Amazon and tested out a few. I was looking for floodlights because I have a 2 story home in a rural area and there is a lot of space. This means there is not a lot for my existing security cameras infrared to bounce off of. I have a really dark spot that I was able to get good results from. The before and after picture is self explanatory.
The power to the lights is a 5.5mm X 2.1mm DC so it was able to plug right in to my existing cameras BNC wiring. I just had to get a splitter. I got some short splitters and also some longer splitters. You just have to see what your situation is, because the BNC will still be the same length. It might be wise to get a splitter and a short extension, instead of an extension on the splitter.
I tested a JC 210 (JC 210ft Infrared Illuminator, 20 LEDs 90 Degree Wide Angle IR Illuminator for Night Vision,Waterproof LED Infrared Flood Light Black). The JC 210 is the infrared light that is more the Spotlight.
I also tested a VIKYLIN IR (VIKYLIN Infrared Illuminator 850nm 15 LEDs 90 Degrees Wide Angle IR Illuminator IP67 Waterproof Night Vision LED Infrared Light for IP Camera, CCTV Security Camera). The VIKYLIN IR is the infrared light that is more spread out. UPDATE 5/25/19: The VIKILYN is no longer available I am recommending the JC Infrared Illuminator 12-Led 90°Wide Angle High-Power IR Illuminator for 850nm IP Camera CCTV Analogue Security Surveillance Camera as a viable replacement.
Both of these lights had the same specs so I thought one would be brighter or wider or something, but they were two totally different lights. The JC 210 is a spotlight, but has some serious power. The VIKYLIN IR is also powerful, but the light is spread out, which is what I wanted.
These are the 4 products that I bought from Amazon and tested. UPDATE 5/25/19: The VIKILYN is no longer available I am recommending the JC Infrared Illuminator 12-Led 90°Wide Angle High-Power IR Illuminator for 850nm IP Camera CCTV Analogue Security Surveillance Camera as a viable replacement. I still have installed the (VIKYLIN Infrared Illuminator 850nm 15 LEDs 90 Degrees Wide Angle IR Illuminator IP67 Waterproof Night Vision LED Infrared Light for IP Camera, CCTV Security Camera) permanently and will wait to see if I can find an application for the JC 210. I did and the JC210 is exactly that 210ft. So if there is a distance to cover, then this spotlight will work better. I will be writing up the application soon.
Also after installing a few more IR Illuminators around the property, I have an update for the power extension scenario. The short splitters and a plain extension are the way to go. The reason is that the power is already to the security camera. That is where the split needs to happen, then an extension to the IR Illuminator from there. An longer extension/splitter combo may work (2 – 10 foot depending on application), but it just depends on the distance the IR Illuminator ultimately is away from the security camera. Here are a few more options for plain power extensions.