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They aren't cheap but they are made extremely well. They actually build them to order. I spoke with one of their engineers several times before I purchased mine to make sure to get the right product I needed. I'm using it for LPR (license plate reader) cam at 100 feet so its a very focused beam which reflects off license plates with ease. You may want to call them up (ask for Doug) or email them since you aren't in the USA and explain your needs and distance to see exactly what product they recommend.
 

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They aren't cheap but they are made extremely well. They actually build them to order. I spoke with one of their engineers several times before I purchased mine to make sure to get the right product I needed. I'm using it for LPR (license plate reader) cam at 100 feet so its a very focused beam which reflects off license plates with ease. You may want to call them up (ask for Doug) or email them since you aren't in the USA and explain your needs and distance to see exactly what product they recommend.
Thanks. When there are no prices on the website, the product usually are expensive. I use a ptz ip cam as a trail cam for bait hunting red fox. But in the summer the light attract bugs, so the plan is to use an external light source, so the bugs won’t trigger my camera, and hopefully light up the aria a little better. As you may notice, my English ain't that good, so I will send them a mail and explain.
 

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If you are looking for a spot beam, Black Oak makes infrared emitters intended for automotive use (12V DC input) and they're also very powerful. Example of their small one with spot optics, compared to a camera's built-in IR and a large highly-directional CMvision emitter. For about US$100, it is a lot of power. Caveats: you will need your own 12V power supply, and it does not have a photocell to turn it off in daylight.

 

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Thanks. When there are no prices on the website, the product usually are expensive. I use a ptz ip cam as a trail cam for bait hunting red fox. But in the summer the light attract bugs, so the plan is to use an external light source, so the bugs won’t trigger my camera, and hopefully light up the aria a little better. As you may notice, my English ain't that good, so I will send them a mail and explain.
You have to buy them through a distributor. It's $300 USD for the model I got from B&H.
 

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If you are looking for a spot beam, Black Oak makes infrared emitters intended for automotive use (12V DC input) and they're also very powerful. Example of their small one with spot optics, compared to a camera's built-in IR and a large highly-directional CMvision emitter. For about US$100, it is a lot of power. Caveats: you will need your own 12V power supply, and it does not have a photocell to turn it off in daylight.

Thanks. I need 60 degrees or at least 30degrees.
I already have a photocell controlling the green hunting light, so that ain't a problem.
 

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You have to buy them through a distributor. It's $300 USD for the model I got from B&H.
Thanks, I've been looking at Baja Designs ir 850 pod lights. They are 270$ a piece, so 300$ for a better solution is ok
 
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If you are looking for a spot beam, Black Oak makes infrared emitters intended for automotive use (12V DC input) and they're also very powerful.
Yeah I have one of their 2 inch spots (they sent me both the spot lens and the combo lens to try), hoping to have a build thread go up pretty soon.

But here is my first test video. Mind you I couldn't "see" anything so I was trying to "aim" it by line-of-sight around and hoping the panoramic would pick something up.

My goal for this light is the middle of the road about 230' up the road to the left (approx between the pickup in the driveway on the right and pickup parked on the street to the left) with an IPC-HFW5241E-Z12E (LPR) & IPC-B5442E-Z4E road overview cams (both from Andy).
Right now I think the neighbors tree might be in the line of sight (see at 1:30 mark), although I need to test fixture it up where it will go under the eave to be sure.

This is a Black Oak 2" pod with 4*850nm IR LED, powered by POE Texas GPOE-1AB-48V60W (injector) + POE Texas GAT-12V25W (provides 12v2A at light).
I had to order the mating connector and wire it plus a barrel connector with a 4 inch wire because it came with 15 foot of 12vdc wiring (it's meant for a truck after all)
I need to add auto on/off sensor at the far end and make sure everything works, buy a NEMA enclosure for the sensitive parts and build a box to put it all in.

I also can't confirm the claim of life expectancy for these LED's (50,000 Hour Claim), and the 2" units are $128 so I do hope they last approximately 10 years of casual use.
 
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Yeah I have one of their 2 inch spots (they sent me both the spot lens and the combo lens to try), hoping to have a build thread go up pretty soon.

But here is my first test video. Mind you I couldn't "see" anything so I was trying to "aim" it by line-of-sight around and hoping the panoramic would pick something up.

My goal for this light is the middle of the road about 230' up the road to the left (approx between the pickup in the driveway on the right and pickup parked on the street to the left) with an IPC-HFW5241E-Z12E (LPR) & IPC-B5442E-Z4E road overview cams (both from Andy).
Right now I think the neighbors tree might be in the line of sight (see at 1:30 mark), although I need to test fixture it up where it will go under the eave to be sure.

This is a Black Oak 2" pod with 4*850nm IR LED, powered by POE Texas GPOE-1AB-48V60W (injector) + POE Texas GAT-12V25W (provides 12v2A at light).
I had to order the mating connector and wire it plus a barrel connector with a 4 inch wire because it came with 15 foot of 12vdc wiring (it's meant for a truck after all)
I need to add auto on/off sensor at the far end and make sure everything works, buy a NEMA enclosure for the sensitive parts and build a box to put it all in.
Hello.
Is this the spot lens?
Do you have a video with the combo lens also?
 
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Do you have a video with the combo lens also?
No, but happy to make one. There are 6 allen head bolts securing the front cover to the body that have to be removed to change the lens internal reflector which is molded plastic but very reflective. Visually, the lens look similar but there is a stepped reflector look to the combo one.
 

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Just chipping in with my 2 cents. For those on a budget this maybe a cheap DIY hack. I'm typing this up on my laptop but will edit and attach some pictures from my phone as examples.

V1 - PoC (Proof of Concept)
I brought this IR Illuminator, default to about 60 degree spread. I believe it is 4x 1w LED, Kill-a-watt show 5w draw when it is on so 4w or IR power led and some conversion lost.
these have standard push on 20mm lens.

I brought this vs the rectangular bracket version because I'm mounting this on a wall and aimed at an odd angle, it would have looked odd the way the rectangular housing ended up where I aim it, but theoretically those should be able to be converted just as easily

The cap easily screw off (I will add some dielectric grease for water proofing to the threads), then the default 60 degree lens can easily be pulled out and swap with your lens of choice


I brought these lens, the 8 degree one because they were 1 day faster on delivery, but there is also a 5 degree version. These are not IR specific but they works for IR, I could not find narrow angle lR rated lens on Amazon, I can find them on ebay and aliexpress but didn't want to wait for shipment from China

8 degree

5 degree


For reference, the blackoak IR pod light uses 4x 3w IR LED for 12w of power and the Axton is 10w. Most of these cheap Amazon options also have dusk/dawn photo sensor. my 12v power supply only draws 0.5w at idle during the day when the IR LED is powered on but not LIT up


V2 in propgress

Since the v1 PoC works, I'm doing a minor upgrade to get closer to the black oak's 12w, again I'm picking this due to wall mounting or aiming, there are cheaper/better rectangular housing one with more LEDs

This should double the power of the V1 with 8w (8x 1w LEDs to be confirmed once I actually get this) and bring us closer to the black oak 12w ($108+) for under $35



Pictures attached are for V1
Pictures are for V1, the basement pictures,
1 with default 60 degree lens,
1 with the 60 degree lens taken off (look at the massive spread by the floor, the 60 degree lens is actually a "secondary" lens, the LED themselves have a 120 degree "primary" lens)
1 with the 8 degree lens.

Second set of V1 pictures, in actual outdoor setting, compared to no LEDs and the HFW5231E-Z12's built in LED and both set of LED on, zoomed in view are taken with the Z12 with exposure locked to 1/15s, 50 gain, and 100% IRIS.
Distance to the first (bottom) reflector marking is about 280 feet, to the second reflector on the tree is about 380ft, to where the sidewalk intersect is about 460ft. You can see the DIY conversion still throwing shadows behind the trees.

Zoomed out overview picture with a 2.8mm lens just to show what the spot looks like up close, and when aimed down the intersection (see some beam spread on my neighbor's house)
 

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Now if anyone want to go off the deep end of these conversion hacks and blind someone with IR spotlights LOL

20 LED version

30 LED version (looks a bit filmsy though)

4x Laser IR LED + 12x regular IR LED (not sure how the laser work with the lens)
 

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Welp ran into some speedbump with v2. The illuminator arrived today but I basically have to disassemble the entire thing too access the lens. That's not the problem. Turns out it didn't use the standard 20nm lens but some funky 16mm with housing 14mm without housing lens one 60 degree one near the bottom and 7 90 degree one above.

Can't find anything like that on Amazon..... I can try the 13mm and lens cap but ended up decided to order a few different options from AliExpress that "should" work. Whenever those arrive from China Doh ...

I did tested it with my kill a watt and the same power supply as v1 and it was drawing 8.3w
 

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