Separate IR source

Another thread on extended IR lights.

Here’s what I’m testing and some initial results:

Comes with a power supply, not the brightest of the three, but adequate illumination.

Needs power supply*, brightest of the three, least wide angle ( hot spot ), best for shooting down a long driveway or mounting high over an open area.

Needs power supply*, least hot spot, most wide angle.

*Power Supply used. 12v, 1A.

These are just my opinions, YMMV. All of these lights were surprisingly bright when viewed on live stream. The main difference I saw was the spread of the light. One thing to think about is not pointing the light at the ground or objects if you can avoid it. That’s where you’ll see the hot spot effect. Where you mount it will make a big difference.


Needs power supply*, brightest of the three, least wide angle ( hot spot ), best for shooting down a long driveway or mounting high over an open area.

Naked Eye:

Onboard lR only

Above light & Onboard IR


Needs power supply*, least hot spot, most wide angle.

Sure wish I had this up a couple nights ago.

Before: Was a little worried about reflection off the shingles.

After: Getting a little reflection off the eaves, far left and right.


Thanks for posting and sharing the link! I wasn’t too sure on just a 6 led ir light for my backyard but am now convinced that I’ll be fine with that purchase, thanks to you!!

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As a bonus, it is actually cutting down on my headlight false alarms. So much so, I’m thinking of moving this one to the corner of my house and adding another to balance it out.


How visible/noticeable to the naked eye are these when viewed from the street in the dark?

That is great info on those before and after, with and without photos and we definitely intend to get some of these lights since we have already been looking into external IR lights and specifically those 6 LED model IR flood lights. I think we want people to know they’re under the microscope and not safe under cover of darkness. If they don’t know the light source is there, they are less like to see it as a deterrent, since they can’t see it. Finding out when you wake up and see an event and catch it on camera is not really the way we want to learn about the incident. Prevention is more what we are after rather than finding out after the fact. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of obscure.

Hope this helps,




Hardly noticeable. If you’re looking for it, yes you’ll see it, but otherwise it’s not there. The grey round 4 LED lamp probably has more bleed over into the visible spectrum than the six LED. As for bugs, the flying kind, I think most false alarms from them are incidental and I’ll wait until v2.1 comes out and I can turn off the onboard lights before I expect improvement in that area.


Thanx for posting those photos very helpful in making a decision to purchase those 6 LED IR floods.
Is there going to be a software/firmware update for the IR lights off feature or are you saying a v2.1 camera? I thought someone said they were already beta testing the IR lights off feature is the reason I ask.

As I understand it, the software in beta test is version 2.1, which allows onboard IR to be turned off.

yep, 2.0.21 is what we are using now
okay, thanx for that little tid-bit
double tape is what it took to cover the IR LED’s here
the app turning them off will be nice

With the rollout of v2.1.32, where you can turn off the internal IR lights, I’m happy to report for the first time I didn’t have any insect related notices triggered. Using the separate IR lights listed above, I still have plenty of light to see what’s going on. A huge improvement over the onboard lights, which are designed for indoor use, as is the camera. On one of the cameras, turning off the lights is nearly impossible to notice, because it pales in comparison to the external lamp. On the side camera, it is more noticeable, but because of the layout, all approaches are covered by the external IR lamp. Same situation with the third camera, which I never posted pics of. I may get around to adding pics with just the external IR lights, but now I’m pleased with the ability to turn off the onboard lights and the additional illumination from the above listed IR lamps.

As for the insects, I believe the fly-byes were incidental and not an ‘attracted to the light’ issue mainly because of their flight path. I don’t recall any flying directly at the light source, just close enough in front of it to get ‘lit-up’ and glow like a torch. We don’t get much snow here, but I think the separate IR source without the onboard lights would work the same for eliminating those false alarms. I expect this will also eliminate the fog/drizzle (looks like thousands of gnats attacking your camera) false alarms too. @WyzeGwendolyn please pass along a big ‘Thank you’ to the team.


Does it matter if I use a 940nm or 850nm external IR light-source for the pan? I know the pan uses a 940 vs 850…but will the pan pick up both wavelengths? It appears 850nm lights are a lot easier to source.

Will do! :slight_smile:

Sorry, @Skier76, I don’t know the answer to that one. I’m not familiar enough with the hardware.

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No worries @WyzeGwendolyn ! I’m hopeful someone will have the answer. I appreciate the feedback.

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I think the only difference between the 940nm and the 850nm is going to be people being able to see them. iirc, someone with a Pan Cam said they were picking up the lighting from a V2 mounted in view of the Pan. The easy button is to try it out and add to the conversation. @Loki provided an explanation from Wyze:

So, the only reason the Pan uses 940nm is to make them harder to detect, not because the sensor requires that wavelength.


Thank you @OverWatch ! That’s really helpful. The 850 lights are a lot easier to find…I’ll probably go with those.

And thank you for the testing you did above! Great results.


When you get them, please add your findings to the thread. The red glow from mine are hardly noticeable and they are mounted high enough, I don’t really care if people see them or not.

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What did you use for an external power source for those lights? I’m guessing those are readily available on Amazon as well.