Proteus another benefit(depends on which side of this you are on) you may not be aware of with the IR illuminator is that a lot of clothing reflects the IR light back, basically making the clothes glow in the dark when viewed through the NVGs. I found this out from one of my trail cameras when I walked passed it at night. I was in full camo but the material in my jacket reflected the IR making it look like I was wearing a yellow rain coat when viewed through night vision. You should experiment in your closet with the lights off and see if any of your clothes are IR reflective. It would be a good thing to know if you ever had to hide.