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Ring Floodlight Cam – don’t cast shadows over security (review)
3.8Overall Score

Price (RRP): $379
Manufacturer: Ring

The Ring Floodlight cam is an outdoor Wi-Fi, HD, siren equipped, security camera with dual 3K spotlights that illuminate when motion is detected.

It is part of the Ring family including security cameras, video doorbells, chimes, and Ring’s cloud video recording.

It will also integrate with smart devices and hubs, including Samsung SmartThings, Wink and now OK Google, and Amazon Alexa. You can also use IFTTT to connect with other devices and get the most out of your smart home. Apple HomeKit support is supposed to be coming.

Review: Ring Floodlight Cam

Australian website

What is it? The Ring Floodlight Cam is a motion-activated, HD security camera with two 3K, 1500 Lumen LED floodlights, a 110dB siren alarm and two-way talk.

Why use it? To monitor 24/7 areas such as a driveway, pool or fence to see who is legally or illegally coming and going.

Watch this short 1.5-minute marketing video.

In the box

  • The Ring Floodlight Cam
  • Two LED spotlights
  • Mounting bracket, gasket and screws
  • Instructions

Available in Black or White, it has an industrial design that will be obvious but not ugly, on any home.

It needs a permanent 240V connection that means using a licensed electrician to install. It cannot connect to a 12V power source.

The camera needs to be mounted vertically on a wall as the mount has a limited adjustment.

It is IPX5 rated – can withstand an accidental hose down but ideally is mounted flush to a wall under the eaves.

Finally, it needs to be within the range of a within Wi-Fi N 2.4GHz home router or extender.

Lights, camera, action

Ring’s marketing states it has 3K LEDs as if that is a measure of brightness. In fact, it means 3000 degrees Kelvin colour temperature – cool white light. They are 1500 lumens each that means roughly the equivalent of a standard old style 100W light bulb. Two are fine to light up an area of say 30m2 (5 x 6m driveway), but they are not technically floodlights.