In certain circumstances you may need to turn off the IR lights on your Hikvision camera. Let’s say you have enough light at your location and the IR is messing up the picture, in that case you may need to manually turn off the infrared block. In this article will show you how to that, for both analog camera and Hikvision IP camera
Turn off the IR light on a Hikvision TVI camera
The Hikvision TVI cameras are HD cameras that run over coax cables, sometimes these types of cameras are called HD over coax cameras (they’re not IP cameras). To turn off the IR block in these cameras is very easy. All you have to do is to open up the camera (dome or bullet style), locate the IR block, track the cable powering the IR lights and disconnect it from the motherboard. The cable type is shown in the picture below. After that the IR lights won’t be able to power on. Another way to turn off the IR lights is to access the settings of the camera and turn it off there. However not all cameras support such feature. It’s better to physically disconnect the IR lights.
Turn off the IR light on a Hikvision IP camera
You will need to log into your camera through its IP address. If you don’t know what the IP address is you find this using the SADP tool. Open up SADP while the camera is connected to your network; it will detect it and show you the IP address. It should look something like 192.168.1.200. If the numbers are different don’t worry, just enter it into the address bar in Internet Explorer. After that you should be presented with a login page; login by entering your username and password.
Go to Configuration > Advanced Configuration > System and then Service tab. Untick “Enable IR Light” option and click Save.
In a few camera models (different firmware) you may find the IR light option by going to Configuration > System > Maintenance and then System Service. Untick “Enable IR Light” and click Save.