If porch pirates and other perpetrators shudder at the sight of Ring’s Spotlight Cam, they’ll really run for the hills when they meet the Floodlight Cam. Or at least that’s the hope! To test our theory, we put Ring’s Floodlight Cam through our rigorous trials. We wanted to see how it stacks up against other Ring Cams, and the best non-Ring cameras on the market today.
Right away, we liked the commanding presence of the Floodlight Cam. It’s big and beefy and pretty intimidating. The ultra-bright floodlights illuminated our entire yard (and then some). Although the hardwired installation can be a bit tricky, the average person shouldn’t have any trouble putting it up. And the HD video and other features like custom motion zones were impressive, too.
Did You Know: The two 1,500-lumen LED floodlights put out 3000° Kelvin, making the Ring Floodlight Cam about 4x brighter than its little brother, the Ring Spotlight Cam.
With that said, we did find a couple chinks-in-the-armor of Ring’s most robust security camera. But don’t worry, we’re sharing it all right here — the good, the bad, and everything in-between. So let’s dive right in!
You might expect to shell out $300-$500 for an HD camera + floodlight combination. However, the Ring Floodlight Cam only costs $250 — which is actually reasonable for the features you get. And if you’re looking to set up a perimeter of video surveillance around your home, we think you’ll appreciate the bundle options (the more cams you buy, the more you save).
Now, keep in mind that the Floodlight Cam is by no means a budget camera. It’s actually a touch pricey compared to most outdoor cameras we’ve used. But the truth is, you’ll find that most top-rated cameras fall in this $250-$300 range, like the Nest Cam Outdoor and Arlo Ultra. In our experience, you get what you pay for.
|Ring Floodlight Cam||Price||Savings|
|Floodlight Cam Single||$249||N/A|
|Floodlight Cam 2-Pack||$459||$39|
|Floodlight Cam 3-Pack||$669||$78|
|Floodlight Cam 4-Pack||$849||$147|
So is it worth it? Well, let’s not jump-the-gun just yet. We still have to cover the features to shed some light (no pun intended) on whether or not you should buy the Floodlight Cam. But spoiler alert: if you’re already a Ring subscriber, then you’ll probably find the Floodlight Cam to be a great addition to your Ring Alarm system. Keep reading before you take the plunge.
Pro Tip: Ring offers zero-interest financing for 12 months. So if you’d rather not pay $250 upfront, you can take advantage of 12 payments of $21 per month.
Love it or hate it, subscriptions are a growing trend in the home security industry, and they’re here to stay. Thankfully the monthly fees are affordable across the board — especially if you’re only looking to support a few cameras with cloud storage. Expect to pay between $3 and $15 per month for features like video recording and playback history, video sharing, and even 24/7 professional monitoring. Ring has two options, which we unpack below.
The Ring Protect Basic plan costs $3 per month per camera. Above and beyond features like instant alerts and live-video streaming, it also gives you 60 days of video storage in the cloud, as well as video sharing and a snapshot capture feature. Note that Ring offers a free 30-day trial of this plan with every camera purchase.
For $10 per month, you’ll get everything in the Basic plan (60 days of video history, video sharing, etc.) plus support for unlimited Ring devices and 24/7 professional monitoring. If you have a Ring Alarm, this is the plan you’ll want to choose.
Keep in mind that even without a subscription your Floodlight Cam will still have live-streaming video, instant alerts, and two-way talk. But we do recommend signing up with cloud storage. Of course, if you’re anything like us, you don’t like paying month after month for a subscription. But if you’re just now digging into the world of home security, you’ll have to get used to it.
We’ve tested the Floodlight Cam in the past, and we’ve always been impressed by its build. It’s worth mentioning that it sports the same camera module as the Spotlight Cam and Stick Up Cam. The difference is that it has articulating arms that extend upward to house the floodlights. The dimensions are 11 in. x 8.25 in. x 7 in., so it’s nearly a foot tall. And if you squint your eyes, it almost looks like an alien creature — which we can appreciate. It’s designed to look menacing (all the better to scare away bad guys!).
Unfortunately, this isn’t a “mount anywhere” camera like Ring’s Stick Up Cam. Instead, the Floodlight Cam replaces your home’s existing floodlight (you do have one, don’t you?). If you have a floodlight, you’ll unwire it and connect the existing wiring to your Floodlight Cam, then mount the device into the threaded screws on the junction box.1
Installing the camera only took us about 7 minutes from start to finish. While it’s not as fast and easy as some DIY equipment we’ve installed, it’s DIY all the same. You’ll be up-and-running in a matter of minutes. One quick tip is to download the Ring app before you install your Floodlight Cam. This way you can ensure the device connects to your Wi-Fi before you get too deep in the weeds of installation. Also, the app has a nifty step-by-step installation guide.
FYI: We found that the Floodlight Cam isn’t flexible when it comes to installation. So be sure you have an existing floodlight and junction box (typically located above your garage door). If you don’t have a box with existing wiring, we don’t recommend attempting to install the unit yourself. Instead, check out the Nest Cam Outdoor or an outdoor camera from Lorex.
Keep in mind that unlike Ring’s other cameras, the Floodlight Cam doesn’t come in a battery-powered option. You’ll have to hardwire it into a junction box. Don’t have a junction box? Well, then we recommend you either a) explore other security cameras, b) hire an electrician to install a junction box for you, or c) channel your inner Bob Vila, because it’s a (very) advanced do-it-yourself project.2
With our new Floodlight Cam in place, we ran it through a series of package-theft and break-in scenarios. Right away, the camera offered sharp resolution, so we were able to see high-level details of our “suspects” during the daytime. And we sure didn’t miss much with 1080p HD video quality. But bear in mind that 1080p HD is the industry standard these days (it’s not quite 4K Ultra HD, but it’s the next best thing).
Unfortunately, the nighttime video was a different story. The infrared night vision was black and white, so nighttime live-streaming and recording wasn’t great. Note that the floodlight is supposed to enhance the video, but it actually started over-exposing our video due to the sheer brightness (remember, we’re running two 1,500-lumen LEDs putting out 3000° Kelvin here). But once we adjusted the floodlight arms we were back in business with great night vision.
Did You Know: William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin was a 19th-century Irish physicist who’s credited with creating the color temperature rating scale.3 Typical household lamps burn in the 2,000° Kelvin range. Compare that to the Ring Floodlight Cam, which offers 3,000° Kelvin. Basically, the higher the Kelvins, the more it feels like you’re staring at the sun (if you’re curious, the sun is 5,000° Kelvin4).
We also enjoyed the typical smartphone controls with instant mobile alerts. When motion was detected, the camera began recording and it sent an activity alert to us. This allowed us to open the Ring app and view live-video of our front yard and backyard (where we mounted our Floodlight Cams). Similar to other Ring Cams, we could use two-way talk to speak to visitors, and there’s also the remote-activated 110dB siren that gives the bad guys a fright.
We had a good amount of control over the motion detection, too. The Floodlight Cam can detect motion up to 270-degrees in range. But keep in mind that the camera’s field of view is 140-degrees. So at times we’d notice our floodlights shining, but nothing seemed to be in the frame.
That’s why custom motion zones are particularly helpful. With the Floodlight Cam, we were able to set custom motion zones to cut back on false alarms and notifications. In our experience, the motion detection was on-par with the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor. We just wish it came with AI features (person detection, facial recognition, etc.) like Nest and Vivint and other security camera companies offer.
Another minor gripe we had was that the lighting intensity isn’t adjustable. It would be nice if the floodlights could be dimmed, but they can’t. For instance, if we were to have visitors over for a backyard BBQ, we couldn’t just soften the lights for ambient lighting. It’s all or nothing with Kelvin. So that’s something to keep in mind.
Overall, the camera performed quite well during our trials. And we think it’s a pretty good deal for $250. Just remember to double-check that you have an existing light with a junction box before you pull out your credit card. But if worse comes to worse, you can always send back the device and get a full refund within 30 days of your purchase.
FYI: Ring offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on all of their products. If you’re unhappy with your purchase, just pack it up and ship it back for a full refund. It’s a nice customer-friendly policy, but we’ve found that most companies offer a 30-day or 60-day satisfaction guarantee these days.
As it stands, there aren’t many options for upgrading the Floodlight Cam. Sure, you can always mount additional cameras around your home — and if you do, you’ll save money by going with a package deal. Otherwise, what you see is what you get. Ring doesn’t even sell replacement bulbs, which we think is odd. The company claims the LED bulbs can last up to 10 years. But once they burn out, that’s it, there’s no replacing them. This is a bit disappointing.
Chances are you already have a Ring Alarm system in place, and maybe even a Ring Doorbell or Indoor Cam. Thankfully, we found that the Floodlight Cam integrates seamlessly into the Ring App, and into the Ring system as a whole. Ring does sell loads of different home security products, but we’d really like to see more accessories for their cameras. So we have to dock them some points here.
After getting plenty of hands-on experience with the device, we think the Ring Floodlight Cam is a great buy for certain folks. First off, you’ll need an existing junction box for installation. If you don’t have one, this isn’t a good fit.
We also think this camera is best for people who already have a Ring Alarm system and/or Ring Doorbell installed. If that’s you, the $250 is well spent on the Floodlight Cam. It comes stacked with most of the cutting-edge features that we like to see, plus a few nice features of its own.
But again, we did find room for improvement. For instance, the camera is fairly large, so it might look funny mounted in a smaller entryway. We’d also like to see some more high-tech features for the price (like AI person detection and facial recognition). Finally, it would be nice if the Floodlight Cam also worked as an ambient yard light — but alas, it shines at full-force, or nothing at all.
Yes, but it’s fairly limited. The Ring Floodlight Cam works with Amazon Alexa for hands-free voice control. You can cast video onto an Echo Show, Fire TV, or other Alexa-compatible smart TVs and smart displays.
The security camera comes with two 1,500 lumen LEDs that emit 3,000-degree Kelvin light. This should be bright enough to fully illuminate most front yards and backyards.
The positioning or angle of the floodlights is adjustable (on articulating arms), but note that the intensity of the light is not adjustable.
No, although Ring does offer two different cloud subscription plans, you can self-monitor your Floodlight Cam for free. If you do choose to sign up for an affordable Ring Protect plan, you can cancel at any time without penalty.
The Floodlight Cam has two LEDs that put out 1,500 lumens each, while the Spotlight Cam has two 350-lumen output LEDs. In our experience, we found the Floodlight Cam to be about 4-5x brighter than the Spotlight Cam. In other words, it’s much, much brighter.
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