Industry Buzz: What is Infrared & How is it Used with Construction Cameras?

Construction camera photo with Infrared light wavelength


Infrared cameras for construction projects are trending right now, so here is a look at what they are, what they do, and how they can be useful for job sites.

Let’s dive in!

What is Infrared?

Infrared is a portion of the light spectrum that humans are unable to see. It’s a type of radiant energy, and all objects in the universe emit infrared radiation to some degree.

Why Infrared and Construction Cameras?

A camera equipped with an infrared sensor can make use of naturally occurring and artificial infrared light to capture video and images even in extremely low light conditions, such as a pitch-black job site.

In addition to having an IR sensor, some construction cameras may also feature built-in infrared lights (or illuminators). Think of these infrared construction cameras as having an invisible (to the naked eye) ‘camera flash-light’ that’s used to add illumination to your site.

This ‘camera flash-light’ emits light in the infrared range, which the camera sensor then picks up and renders into an image for you to view.


Why does this matter?

Construction cameras with infrared features perform well in extreme low-light conditions, such as job sites where conventional illumination is not allowed or not available. This ability to see a wider spectrum of light means that the cameras can document more of your projects, giving you access to more crucial project information.

Additionally, infrared-capable construction cameras offer users more versatility than conventional cameras, since infrared-capable cameras can be used 24/7 even in poor or minimal lighting conditions.

Give an Infrared Construction Camera a Try!

Armed with an understanding of what infrared is and why it delivers value to construction projects, now is the time to experience it first hand!

iBEAM offers several camera models equipped with infrared sensors and illuminators, such as the iBEAM Fixed 4K and iBEAM Fixed 4K Premier cameras.

Connect with our team of camera specialists and they’ll be happy to help answer any questions you may have about our infrared-capable construction cameras. They can also help you experience the power of an iBEAM infrared camera with a live demo!

Until next time, keep what’s really important in focus.

Doing the right thing, for every client, every time.



Vicki Robertson
Vice President