IR receiver

Hi all,

I have a power meter that blinks via an IR LED. I also have an IR receiver (from a microsoft media center remote system, the 3.5mm jack type). I've been trying to use the receiver with the IR signal, but do not know exactly which type I have (two leads). During trial and error, I found that once it was powered in reverse, it lit up with a visible red light. Does this mean I have a LED and how do I read signals from this?

Joachim

it lit up with a visible red light.

Maybe it was the bond wire burning out.

I'm quite sure it was not damaged, as it was lit all the time it was connected like this. Any ideas? Is this an LED, and is that the cheapest way to make a remote sensor (by wire) remote to the remote receiver module itself?