That’s a really neat solution, to cut the IR light in half with electrical tape, so that you don’t have to change the angle of the camera, to something less optimal, from a view perspective. Cone sounds more tricky to implement, but I can also see what you’re getting at with that. As for the improved lighting, that’s what I was getting at when I posted that this is not a common installation set up, because the scene gets washed out, and most try for an alternate camera position, in such circumstances. We’ve even seen examples, where, pretty much, all you can see in the scene is the whited out glare from a window sill or similar. My very first outdoor tests were to sit it on the window sill outside, and I couldn’t see anything in a night scene.
Sadly, the one thing I was hoping you’d solve, is what it is about a nearby reflective siding that causes false triggers. As we both mentioned, this seems counter intuitive, because there should be no IR illumination until a trigger is detected.
Because of my nature, I would have to continue testing, to try and find out, even if I’d managed to come across the solution that you have implemented.
If you disable zones entirely, without your tape solution, does it still do it to the same extent? I ask because the only mechanism I can envisage is something in which activity zones are implemented.