Sima IR Video Light (Image courtesy Sima)By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re planning your own Survivor or Big Brother type reality show, you’ll need a way to capture those dramatic moments that happen when the lights go down. So just slap one of these Infrared LED lights on your camcorder and you’ll be guaranteed footage that will put your ratings through the roof. (If your show ever goes to air.) The Night Vision Video Light from Sima connects to the standard shoe mount found on most consumer and prosumer camcorders, and uses 36 infrared LEDs to let you shoot in near to absolute darkness.

The light also has an interlocking design allowing multiple units to be connected together, extending its range from about 10 feet up to 75 feet. It’s powered by its own lithium ion rechargeable battery so it won’t draw power from the camera itself, and the LEDs give it an average operating life of about 50,000 hours.

You can find it at B&H for $79.99, and if you’re curious I’ve included a video after the jump showing the light being used to capture a family of porcupines at night. It’s no where near as dramatic as your average reality show, unless you’re really scared of those pointy quills.

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