Raytec Vario IP Illuminator Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Mar 09, 2016

The Raytec Vario IP offers advanced features not commonly found, including interchangeable lenses with varying angles (10-120˚) and ranges (98'-550') plus network control of power, switching, "deterrent" patterns, illuminator groups, and more.

Though with integrated IR cameras and super low cost IR illuminators now commonplace, how useful are these?

We bought a Vario IP8 unit to find out, including multiple angles and ranges in a dark nighttime field:

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