RING, the company known for their doorbell cameras just released a floodlight camera consisting of 2 LED lights and an HD camera on a fixture that is intended as an easy replacement for dual floodlight outdoor fixtures. Priced at $249, this is in the same price range as many of the outdoor WiFi-enabled cameras and it has two advantages – it controls the included LED light fixture and it is wired into house power so there are no batteries to charge or replace.
The packaging is first rate and includes a screwdriver and socket that you will need for installation. New installations will require a round electrical box with power. Installation instructions are clear and there is video available through the Ring phone app to help at each step. You will need a clear WiFi signal at the installation point to support the HD images that stream from the camera.
Once mounted, all interaction with the light and camera is done through the Ring App. The app allows you to easily control settings for the light, motion sensitivity and range, and what kind of alerts you will receive. You can be notified anytime there is motion in the area that you have set to monitor. You can swipe on the alert to bring up the app and see exactly what is happening. You can also go to the app and use the Live View function to get a live video stream from the camera at any time.
The camera includes a speaker and microphone that allows you to hear what is happening as well as speak to someone near the camera. The small speaker will not allow you to broadcast your voice throughout the yard, but is may be useful for instructions or warnings.
Each unit comes with 30 days of free recording before you will have to pay for a video storage plan. Annual plans are $30 per camera or $100 for unlimited cameras. Video is retained for 6 months.
I have installed 2 units in the past 2 weeks and I am impressed with the picture detail, build quality, and installation ease.
They are available in white and black and can be ordered through Ring.com or purchased at some Home Depots. I expect broader availability as production ramps.
Contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule an installation.