About Lucent Illuminators Co.
And LED Infrared Lights
Lucent Illuminators' products incorporate LED's (light emitting diodes) and proprietary technology to provide infrared, ultraviolet and full spectrum light sources that provide enhanced illumination and clarity for filming with night vision cameras and camcorders
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Lucent Illuminators Co. was established with the mission of providing superior illumination products and services through technical innovation. This came about as a result of trying to find an external infrared light that could provide significant illumination over what you could get with a typical day/night camcorder. We needed an IR light that could boost the light output of what the camcorder put out, which was next to nothing in near total darkness.
We tried several IR illuminators that we purchased online to try to find one that gave us the brightness and evenly distributed light that we wanted and needed for our research. Unfortunately, we could not find an infrared or full spectrum light that met our needs, so we decided to design our own light. And so our story began.
After evaluating a number of IR illuminators and full spectrum lights, we discovered the flaws that prevented better functionality of these devices.
We then set out to design and build an illuminator that finally gave us the output that we wanted. The result is our line of infrared and full spectrum illuminators as offered in this web site. And we are continuing to develop higher levels of IR illumination capabilities as we advance our design parameters.
Infrared light, also known as IR, is electromagnetic radiation with longer wavelengths. This allows the observer to see in complete darkness by means of a night vision device or infrared enabled video camera. Night vision devices using infrared illumination allow people or animals to be observed without the observer being detected.
Infrared is used in night vision equipment when there is insufficient visible light to see. The Sony Night Shot camcorder was one of the first to incorporate infrared night vision capability in its cameras. And now IR enabled cameras and camcorders are readily available from a number of manufacturers due to their popularity. However, integrated infrared capability in most cameras and camcorders on the market today provide insufficient IR illumination for most users.
Infrared cameras and camcorders have an IR array that is too narrowly focused or it is not strong enough or there are too many hot spots. In order to overcome these discrepancies, it is necessary to add an external IR light source to these cameras in order to achieve the brightness and the breadth and depth of illumination that is desired. And this is the reason Lucent Illuminators were developed.
All Lucent Illuminators incorporate LED's as their light source because of their lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, improved physical robustness, smaller size and faster switching. A light emitting diode is a two-lead semiconductor light source. When a suitable voltage is applied to the leads, electrons are able to recombine with electron holes within the device, releasing energy in the form of photons. This effect is called electroluminescence and the color of light is determined by the energy band gap of the semiconductor. LED's can last up to 100,000 hours.