If you want a more even lighting instead of a big hotspot in the middle you can put a few layers of parchment paper over the IR flood to diffuse the light a bit. The IR flood I have is too bright and someone standing near it will have thier facial features blown out.
Thanks for the upload. I’ve used an IR emitter for a long time and I found that you can place the emitter several feet from the camera and it still performs great and can light up a larger area. You can also throttle the power down a bit because it eliminate whitewashing of faces which makes them to bright to recognize.
The first trigger I got on my outdoor cam was in the middle of the night. I’m watching and wondering what the hell is going on and I see this creature cover the lens. Big ass spider. It was creepy though!