{"id":122747813915,"title":"IRLamp6 - Infrared Illuminator for Video","handle":"irlamp6-infrared-illuminator-for-video","description":"\u003cp class=\"style411\"\u003eIf you purchased a Sony NightShot camcorder and tried it out, you discovered that the built-in infrared (IR) light doesn’t give much of an image except at very short range. To utilize the full capabilities of the NightShot feature, you simply need more light.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style411\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003eWhen your job is to count bats exiting from a roost, you need to be able to see the entire area, and you need enough light to clearly see and distinguish each and every individual bat. For larger entrances or other applications, the onboard Sony and many other cheap lights are insufficient. Many illuminators concentrate power in a small spot, which is almost useless for video. You will fail to see all the bats that are there, and your count will be inaccurate. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style498\" style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style467\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/235632563\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" width=\"480\" height=\"270\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style498\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style467\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIRLamp6 - Light for consumer DV cameras.\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eIRLamp6 is an incredibly bright IR source for field use. It offers 40 high performance IR LEDs in a specially designed heat sink case. At less than three inches in diameter, the lamp takes up very little room in a backpack. This lamp is exclusively sold by Bat Conservation and Management, Inc. \u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style467\"\u003eDesign elements of IRLamp6 arrays are:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eCompact and field rugged.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eDesigned for photogrphy with no undesirable \"hot spot\" of light in the image.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eCompletely solid state, no filaments to burn out. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eLEDs with 10,000 hour lifetime. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eEfficient use of battery power, puts far more of the energy into light, minimizes waste so you carry a smaller battery. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eOne lamp draws 500 mill-amps from a 12VDC source \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eProduces bright light with an even beam angle suited to most video cameras. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eThe wavelength of the light is just long enough to not be visually disturbing to most wildlife, but short enough to fall within the sensitivity of most video cameras. Peak wavelength is 810 nm. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eInput voltage designed to use common and easily charged 12V sealed lead-acid batteries or vehicle power systems \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eAn under voltage lockout circuit (~8V) turns off the lamp when the battery is exhausted, avoiding over-discharge of the battery. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eMounted with a common 1\/4\"-20 thread standard on photographic tripods \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eLamp is not powered thru the camera, an external power source is required. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e5 Ah battery will run one illuminator for 9 hours, 2 illuminators for approximately 4 hours. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eThe 20 degree light will resolve bats up to about 60 feet. This range is highly dependent on which camera you use (Sony cameras vary with the NightShot quality; the larger the CCD the better) and the zoom setting of the lens. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style467\"\u003eWhy we're impressed: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cem class=\"style3\"\u003eBat Conservation and Management, Inc. \u003c\/em\u003ehas been using IRLamp6 illuminators for several years now. Coupled with appropriate Sony NighShot-enabled cameras, this system actually provides sharper images than when recorded thorough our $5,000 ITT G3 night vision scope. We are proud to offer these devices along side our other high end, hand selected bat survey equipment. There is no brighter IR illuminator in the world specifically designed for the NightShot system, period.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style467\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhy two lamps?\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eAdding a second lamp does not increase the size and weight of your pack, but it doubles the amount of light available to the camera. It is like gaining an extra f-stop on a still camera. However, to realize another increase in light, you would need to double again: four IR lamps. That is getting a bit unwieldily in the field. Also be aware that newer \"widescreen\" aspect HD cameras are shooting such a wide 16:9 aspect ratio landscape image, you will need two IR lamps to feather across the field of view and fully fill the frame. If you are shooting standard 4:3 aspect video, one IR lamp will fill the frame. Forcing a modern camera into 4:3 aspect ratio means you will be giving up the advantage of the wide angle lens on the camera and may have to be further away from your subject, possibly making it more difficult to light.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/128809055\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" width=\"480\" height=\"270\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style467\"\u003eCamera recommendations? \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eCamera models are refreshed as quickly as every 6 months and BCM makes no attempt to maintain a list of current state-of-the-art models with the NightShot feature.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eNIGHTSHOT FUNCTION: first and foremost this feature must be included or you simply cannot film in IR light. Check the Sony specs for NightShot mode, and even the manufacturer's photos of the camera to verify there is NightShot button on the exterior (usually under the fold out LCD display. Only the high-end consumer grade Sony cameras have this feature.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eSENSOR SIZE: Bigger captures more light and therefore is better. For reference, in 2017 the Sony FDR-AX53 contained a .28'' sensor, but the FDR-AX100 and FDR-AX700 contain full 1'' sensors, the largest available at this time with the NightShot function. Sensor size is always found in the tech specs of the camera.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eHARD DRIVE\/SD CARD: Old NightShot-capable cameras may record to DVD or Mini-DV formats, these are cumbersome to use with modern digital video workflows for archiving and editing purposes and probably should be avoided if you are editing video on a regular basis.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eCAMERA SETTINGS: Generally speaking, use at least 1080 movie size, or larger. The data rate should always be set to the highest possible \"recording quality\". \"Low Lux\" feature, if equipt, should be on (newer cameras are so sensitive you may experiment with this off if the subject is close). Anytime a tripod is used, \"Steadyshot\" should be off. \"Focus peaking\" is a visual representation of what parts of the image are in focus, so we recommend that be on if equipt. Once your image is in focus, press the \"manual focus\" button to lock it in place and keep the camera from inadvertantly attempting to focus on passing insects, etc.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"f-lp\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eLIGHTING TIP: If you use \"off camera lighting\" techniques by placing lamps 3' or more away from the camera, the textures\/shadows this generates will give your video a more 3-dimensional look rather than a flatly lit scene. This also reduces or eliminates \"floating ghost orbs\" caused by the light hitting out-of-focus dust particles near the lens or bright flashes of movement cause by a moth buzzing by. (Insects are not attracted to IRLamps!)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style498\" style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/129073785\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" width=\"480\" height=\"270\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #38761d;\"\u003eAvailable In Stock, \u003cem\u003eUsually Ships 1-2 Days\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e","published_at":"2017-09-25T13:19:40-04:00","created_at":"2017-09-26T16:35:59-04:00","vendor":"Bat Conservation and Management, Inc.","type":"Lights \u0026 Cameras","tags":["Infrared Lights"],"price":29900,"price_min":29900,"price_max":67900,"available":false,"price_varies":true,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":1321468723227,"title":"Single Lamp","option1":"Single Lamp","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"IRlamp","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":true,"featured_image":{"id":469608464411,"product_id":122747813915,"position":1,"created_at":"2017-09-26T16:39:00-04:00","updated_at":"2017-10-06T08:43:58-04:00","alt":null,"width":304,"height":224,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/irlamp6a.jpeg?v=1507293838","variant_ids":[1321468723227]},"available":false,"name":"IRLamp6 - Infrared Illuminator for Video - Single Lamp","public_title":"Single Lamp","options":["Single Lamp"],"price":29900,"weight":318,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":0,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"deny","barcode":""},{"id":1321661628443,"title":"Video Lamp System Kit (2 lamps\/battery\/charger\/pouch\/mount)","option1":"Video Lamp System Kit (2 lamps\/battery\/charger\/pouch\/mount)","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"IRkit","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":true,"featured_image":{"id":649285861403,"product_id":122747813915,"position":6,"created_at":"2017-10-07T01:56:08-04:00","updated_at":"2017-10-07T01:56:08-04:00","alt":null,"width":4494,"height":3337,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/IRkitDSC_8735.jpg?v=1507355768","variant_ids":[1321661628443]},"available":false,"name":"IRLamp6 - Infrared Illuminator for Video - Video Lamp System Kit (2 lamps\/battery\/charger\/pouch\/mount)","public_title":"Video Lamp System Kit (2 lamps\/battery\/charger\/pouch\/mount)","options":["Video Lamp System Kit (2 lamps\/battery\/charger\/pouch\/mount)"],"price":67900,"weight":3039,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":0,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"deny","barcode":""}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/irlamp6a.jpeg?v=1507293838","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/irlamp6b.jpeg?v=1507293838","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/batbunkerIR3_186cc964-a488-4e19-8421-d3e1d6dbecbc.jpg?v=1507293955","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/IRkitDSC_8762.jpg?v=1507355643","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/IRkitDSC_8764.jpg?v=1507355684","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/IRkitDSC_8735.jpg?v=1507355768"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/irlamp6a.jpeg?v=1507293838","options":["Choose the variation that best suits you . . ."],"content":"\u003cp class=\"style411\"\u003eIf you purchased a Sony NightShot camcorder and tried it out, you discovered that the built-in infrared (IR) light doesn’t give much of an image except at very short range. To utilize the full capabilities of the NightShot feature, you simply need more light.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style411\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003eWhen your job is to count bats exiting from a roost, you need to be able to see the entire area, and you need enough light to clearly see and distinguish each and every individual bat. For larger entrances or other applications, the onboard Sony and many other cheap lights are insufficient. Many illuminators concentrate power in a small spot, which is almost useless for video. You will fail to see all the bats that are there, and your count will be inaccurate. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style498\" style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style467\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/235632563\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" width=\"480\" height=\"270\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style498\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style467\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIRLamp6 - Light for consumer DV cameras.\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eIRLamp6 is an incredibly bright IR source for field use. It offers 40 high performance IR LEDs in a specially designed heat sink case. At less than three inches in diameter, the lamp takes up very little room in a backpack. This lamp is exclusively sold by Bat Conservation and Management, Inc. \u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style467\"\u003eDesign elements of IRLamp6 arrays are:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eCompact and field rugged.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eDesigned for photogrphy with no undesirable \"hot spot\" of light in the image.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eCompletely solid state, no filaments to burn out. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eLEDs with 10,000 hour lifetime. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eEfficient use of battery power, puts far more of the energy into light, minimizes waste so you carry a smaller battery. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eOne lamp draws 500 mill-amps from a 12VDC source \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eProduces bright light with an even beam angle suited to most video cameras. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eThe wavelength of the light is just long enough to not be visually disturbing to most wildlife, but short enough to fall within the sensitivity of most video cameras. Peak wavelength is 810 nm. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eInput voltage designed to use common and easily charged 12V sealed lead-acid batteries or vehicle power systems \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eAn under voltage lockout circuit (~8V) turns off the lamp when the battery is exhausted, avoiding over-discharge of the battery. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eMounted with a common 1\/4\"-20 thread standard on photographic tripods \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eLamp is not powered thru the camera, an external power source is required. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e5 Ah battery will run one illuminator for 9 hours, 2 illuminators for approximately 4 hours. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eThe 20 degree light will resolve bats up to about 60 feet. This range is highly dependent on which camera you use (Sony cameras vary with the NightShot quality; the larger the CCD the better) and the zoom setting of the lens. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style467\"\u003eWhy we're impressed: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cem class=\"style3\"\u003eBat Conservation and Management, Inc. \u003c\/em\u003ehas been using IRLamp6 illuminators for several years now. Coupled with appropriate Sony NighShot-enabled cameras, this system actually provides sharper images than when recorded thorough our $5,000 ITT G3 night vision scope. We are proud to offer these devices along side our other high end, hand selected bat survey equipment. There is no brighter IR illuminator in the world specifically designed for the NightShot system, period.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style467\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhy two lamps?\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eAdding a second lamp does not increase the size and weight of your pack, but it doubles the amount of light available to the camera. It is like gaining an extra f-stop on a still camera. However, to realize another increase in light, you would need to double again: four IR lamps. That is getting a bit unwieldily in the field. Also be aware that newer \"widescreen\" aspect HD cameras are shooting such a wide 16:9 aspect ratio landscape image, you will need two IR lamps to feather across the field of view and fully fill the frame. If you are shooting standard 4:3 aspect video, one IR lamp will fill the frame. Forcing a modern camera into 4:3 aspect ratio means you will be giving up the advantage of the wide angle lens on the camera and may have to be further away from your subject, possibly making it more difficult to light.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/128809055\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" width=\"480\" height=\"270\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style467\"\u003eCamera recommendations? \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eCamera models are refreshed as quickly as every 6 months and BCM makes no attempt to maintain a list of current state-of-the-art models with the NightShot feature.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eNIGHTSHOT FUNCTION: first and foremost this feature must be included or you simply cannot film in IR light. Check the Sony specs for NightShot mode, and even the manufacturer's photos of the camera to verify there is NightShot button on the exterior (usually under the fold out LCD display. Only the high-end consumer grade Sony cameras have this feature.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eSENSOR SIZE: Bigger captures more light and therefore is better. For reference, in 2017 the Sony FDR-AX53 contained a .28'' sensor, but the FDR-AX100 and FDR-AX700 contain full 1'' sensors, the largest available at this time with the NightShot function. Sensor size is always found in the tech specs of the camera.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eHARD DRIVE\/SD CARD: Old NightShot-capable cameras may record to DVD or Mini-DV formats, these are cumbersome to use with modern digital video workflows for archiving and editing purposes and probably should be avoided if you are editing video on a regular basis.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eCAMERA SETTINGS: Generally speaking, use at least 1080 movie size, or larger. The data rate should always be set to the highest possible \"recording quality\". \"Low Lux\" feature, if equipt, should be on (newer cameras are so sensitive you may experiment with this off if the subject is close). Anytime a tripod is used, \"Steadyshot\" should be off. \"Focus peaking\" is a visual representation of what parts of the image are in focus, so we recommend that be on if equipt. Once your image is in focus, press the \"manual focus\" button to lock it in place and keep the camera from inadvertantly attempting to focus on passing insects, etc.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"f-lp\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eLIGHTING TIP: If you use \"off camera lighting\" techniques by placing lamps 3' or more away from the camera, the textures\/shadows this generates will give your video a more 3-dimensional look rather than a flatly lit scene. This also reduces or eliminates \"floating ghost orbs\" caused by the light hitting out-of-focus dust particles near the lens or bright flashes of movement cause by a moth buzzing by. (Insects are not attracted to IRLamps!)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style498\" style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/129073785\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" width=\"480\" height=\"270\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #38761d;\"\u003eAvailable In Stock, \u003cem\u003eUsually Ships 1-2 Days\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e"}

IRLamp6 - Infrared Illuminator for Video

Product Description

If you purchased a Sony NightShot camcorder and tried it out, you discovered that the built-in infrared (IR) light doesn’t give much of an image except at very short range. To utilize the full capabilities of the NightShot feature, you simply need more light.


When your job is to count bats exiting from a roost, you need to be able to see the entire area, and you need enough light to clearly see and distinguish each and every individual bat. For larger entrances or other applications, the onboard Sony and many other cheap lights are insufficient. Many illuminators concentrate power in a small spot, which is almost useless for video. You will fail to see all the bats that are there, and your count will be inaccurate. 

IRLamp6 - Light for consumer DV cameras. IRLamp6 is an incredibly bright IR source for field use. It offers 40 high performance IR LEDs in a specially designed heat sink case. At less than three inches in diameter, the lamp takes up very little room in a backpack. This lamp is exclusively sold by Bat Conservation and Management, Inc. Design elements of IRLamp6 arrays are:

  • Compact and field rugged.
  • Designed for photogrphy with no undesirable "hot spot" of light in the image.
  • Completely solid state, no filaments to burn out.
  • LEDs with 10,000 hour lifetime.
  • Efficient use of battery power, puts far more of the energy into light, minimizes waste so you carry a smaller battery.
  • One lamp draws 500 mill-amps from a 12VDC source
  • Produces bright light with an even beam angle suited to most video cameras.
  • The wavelength of the light is just long enough to not be visually disturbing to most wildlife, but short enough to fall within the sensitivity of most video cameras. Peak wavelength is 810 nm.
  • Input voltage designed to use common and easily charged 12V sealed lead-acid batteries or vehicle power systems
  • An under voltage lockout circuit (~8V) turns off the lamp when the battery is exhausted, avoiding over-discharge of the battery.
  • Mounted with a common 1/4"-20 thread standard on photographic tripods
  • Lamp is not powered thru the camera, an external power source is required.
  • 5 Ah battery will run one illuminator for 9 hours, 2 illuminators for approximately 4 hours.
  • The 20 degree light will resolve bats up to about 60 feet. This range is highly dependent on which camera you use (Sony cameras vary with the NightShot quality; the larger the CCD the better) and the zoom setting of the lens.

Why we're impressed: Bat Conservation and Management, Inc. has been using IRLamp6 illuminators for several years now. Coupled with appropriate Sony NighShot-enabled cameras, this system actually provides sharper images than when recorded thorough our $5,000 ITT G3 night vision scope. We are proud to offer these devices along side our other high end, hand selected bat survey equipment. There is no brighter IR illuminator in the world specifically designed for the NightShot system, period.

Why two lamps? Adding a second lamp does not increase the size and weight of your pack, but it doubles the amount of light available to the camera. It is like gaining an extra f-stop on a still camera. However, to realize another increase in light, you would need to double again: four IR lamps. That is getting a bit unwieldily in the field. Also be aware that newer "widescreen" aspect HD cameras are shooting such a wide 16:9 aspect ratio landscape image, you will need two IR lamps to feather across the field of view and fully fill the frame. If you are shooting standard 4:3 aspect video, one IR lamp will fill the frame. Forcing a modern camera into 4:3 aspect ratio means you will be giving up the advantage of the wide angle lens on the camera and may have to be further away from your subject, possibly making it more difficult to light.

Camera recommendations? Camera models are refreshed as quickly as every 6 months and BCM makes no attempt to maintain a list of current state-of-the-art models with the NightShot feature.

NIGHTSHOT FUNCTION: first and foremost this feature must be included or you simply cannot film in IR light. Check the Sony specs for NightShot mode, and even the manufacturer's photos of the camera to verify there is NightShot button on the exterior (usually under the fold out LCD display. Only the high-end consumer grade Sony cameras have this feature.

SENSOR SIZE: Bigger captures more light and therefore is better. For reference, in 2017 the Sony FDR-AX53 contained a .28'' sensor, but the FDR-AX100 and FDR-AX700 contain full 1'' sensors, the largest available at this time with the NightShot function. Sensor size is always found in the tech specs of the camera.

HARD DRIVE/SD CARD: Old NightShot-capable cameras may record to DVD or Mini-DV formats, these are cumbersome to use with modern digital video workflows for archiving and editing purposes and probably should be avoided if you are editing video on a regular basis.

CAMERA SETTINGS: Generally speaking, use at least 1080 movie size, or larger. The data rate should always be set to the highest possible "recording quality". "Low Lux" feature, if equipt, should be on (newer cameras are so sensitive you may experiment with this off if the subject is close). Anytime a tripod is used, "Steadyshot" should be off. "Focus peaking" is a visual representation of what parts of the image are in focus, so we recommend that be on if equipt. Once your image is in focus, press the "manual focus" button to lock it in place and keep the camera from inadvertantly attempting to focus on passing insects, etc.

LIGHTING TIP: If you use "off camera lighting" techniques by placing lamps 3' or more away from the camera, the textures/shadows this generates will give your video a more 3-dimensional look rather than a flatly lit scene. This also reduces or eliminates "floating ghost orbs" caused by the light hitting out-of-focus dust particles near the lens or bright flashes of movement cause by a moth buzzing by. (Insects are not attracted to IRLamps!)

 

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