How to add an infrared light to a camcorder

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How to add an infrared light to a camcorder
Camcorder infrared settings often create green or monotone images. (U.S. Navy/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Infrared lights work by emitting invisible light waves to illuminate dark areas. Many consumer camcorders use small infrared lamps built into the camera's casing to capture footage in situations lacking adequate visible light. Manufacturers often refer to a camcorder's infrared light feature as "Night Vision" or "Night Shot" and allow the user to adjust such settings with buttons on the camera's exterior. Camcorders lacking night vision capability may need an infrared light accessory.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Locate the shoe mount on your camcorder's body. Search the top of your camcorder for a small, rectangular piece of metal or black plastic screwed into the device's casing.

  2. 2

    Read your camcorder's manual to determine whether your shoe mount offers power transfer to accessory attachments. Manufacturers often refer to power-enabled mounts as "Hot Shoe Mounts" and powerless mounts as "Cold Shoe Mounts." Hot shoe mounts use the camcorder's battery supply to power external devices. Cold shoe mounts work only with self- or battery-powered accessories.

  3. 3

    Locate the rectangular shoe brace at the bottom of the infrared light accessory. Turn the ring above the accessory's mount counterclockwise to open the brace for installation.

  4. 4

    Align the infrared light's brace with the shoe mount. Make sure the accessory's lamp faces forward. Gently slide the accessory's brace all the way into the camcorder's mount. Secure the attachment by turning the securing ring clockwise until tight.

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