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I need the camera to work when it's dark so I need to include IR LEDs. Unfortunately the Raspberry Pi cameras that come with IR flood lights all come in the style which has 1 big IR flood light on each side. Unfortunately we've noticed that these are really unstable.

We want to transition to the type where you have multiple small IR lights in a ring structure around the camera. Is it possible buy one of these IR LED rings and connect it? If so, how would I go about that?

Thanks!

  • Could you be more specific please - e.g. are you looking to power it through the CSI port (which from the schematics is just 3.3V, with enough current for 2 "3W" LEDs, presumably through the screw connectors) - instead of just glueing some IR leds connected to another power source? Also, how are they unstable (may just be bad connection). – Wilf Apr 12 '18 at 22:04
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This might work: Cyntek IR LED Light Ring Board for Raspberry Pi

From the overview:

The LISIPAROI is an add-on for the Raspberry Pi camera module and has been designed to provide additional illumination when taking pictures or recording video. It also features extra mounting points which is perfect for using custom mounts or even a gooseneck holder. This version features IR LEDs, suited for low/zero light with the PiNoir module.

  • 12 IR LEDs
  • Ideal for security or low light applications
  • LED wavelength of 940nm
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