LED - Infrared 950nm

This is a very simple, clear infrared LED. These devices operate between 940-950nm and work well for generic IR systems including remote control and touch-less object sensing. Pair them with any of our IR receivers (see Related Items below). 1.5VDC forward voltage and 50mA max forward current.

LED - Infrared 950nm Product Help and Resources

IR Communication

February 7, 2013

This tutorial explains how common infrared (IR) communication works, as well as shows you how to set up a simple IR transmitter and receiver with an Arduino.

IR Control Kit Hookup Guide

October 2, 2013

How to get the most out of the infrared receivers and transmitters included in the IR Control Kit.

Boss Alarm

March 30, 2016

Build a Boss Alarm that alerts you of anyone walking into your office and automatically changes your computer screen.

Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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  • Member #1258586 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Hello, where can i find the IR Receiver? As I am interested in purchasing one. Thank you!

  • Kyle170 / about 13 years ago / 3

    These are extremely bright!...using 1 of them for a TV-turn off'er and i can turn TV's off from 400ft plus!

  • Just a note: On the front page they listed Multi-Touch tables as a possible use for this IR LED. You actually would not want to use this for that.
    The 940-950nm is too long of a wavelength to be picked up well by IR cameras. Most IR cameras are most sensitive to the 850nm (or "almost red") area.
    But this is what you would want for a remote control.

  • TurboTronics / about 9 years ago / 1

    What is the Manufacturer Part Number? Its not on the datasheet.

  • Member #600998 / about 10 years ago / 1

    I would like to know how far the light of this LED can reach to IR-Receiver. If I can find things like 'Light intensity', can I calculate the distance?

  • iphone_tyler / about 12 years ago / 1

    I think using these to build an 'invisible light' flashlight with my daughter would be a really fun evening science project. Anyone know if these are a viable way to illuminate a dark scene viewed through an iPhone Camera?

    • Kamiquasi / about 12 years ago / 2

      You might need a few to get any appreciable level of illumination at further distances. Compare it if you will to dedicated security cameras. Their IR illuminators are generally a whole array of IR LEDs. Keep the above comment by dr.light in mind, though - 850nm does work better with cameras. SFE (still) doesn't have those back in stock, though :)

  • dr.light / about 15 years ago / 1

    aMeyer: _
    The 940-950nm is too long of a wavelength to be picked up well by IR cameras. Most IR cameras are most sensitive to the 850nm (or "almost red") area.
    couldnt you use a ps3 eye, OEM lense modded, with the correct bandpass filter installed?
    at any rate - 850 does perform a lot better - ive tested a number of ranges of IR over the past mos and ive settled on using 850nm LEDS and had some success with 780nm lasers...the 850 were out of stock from a supplier, and almost $30.00 more expensive!

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