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Mod a flashlight into an IR night vision light

Mod a flashlight into an IR night vision light

Record stealthily, in the dark. This hack is simple and will turn any LED flashlight into an infrared night vision light you can use with any video camera.

Infrared light is invisible to the human eye, but it will illuminate any area you are shooting. IR radiation is electromagnetic radiation whose wavelength is longer than that of visible light (400-700 nm), but shorter than a microwave (~30,000 um).

Most consumer cameras that advertise 'night vision' are equipped with IRs. Infrared light sources can be used to augment the available ambient light for conversion by night vision devices, increasing in-the-dark visibility without actually using a visible light source. The key is in the recording, the IR light is visible.

The signal is transmitted via this invisible light. Wiimotes, iPhones and weather satellites also use IR technology.

Any easy place to salvage some IRs is your television remote. It takes minor soldering to swap out the regular flashlight's LEDs with an old TV remote's IR ones.

Akamakavely is the king of IR hacks. If you like this, check out his traffic camera hack.

Make a night vision flashlight for ten bucks

9 Comments

Awesome. Thanks for the really good instructions.. A+

Yep.. I think so too. My only comment is if you can see the bright light then what good is it as a night vision light.. why not stick to a regular light?

you could get that flashlight @ the dollar store!

you could also get a cheap all-in-one remote there as well...

i can see the light

Cameras can Detect Infrared light sources, hence why he taped it to his camera. and it is not because it is recording, its because it is a camera, Mr bird.

Digital cameras can see near infrared light, try it at home

some of the pro-sumer cameras have a lens build in that blocks infrared completely. so this doesn't work on some cameras like the cannon hv20

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