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Ring Smart Lighting Pathlight Review
These smart pathlights connect with your other Ring devices.
In today's video, we're going to take a look at the Ring Pathlights. We'll go over the features and show you a demo of what they're capable of so you can decide if they're the right lights for you.
Ring has come up with a lot of smart lighting recently. We've already taken a look at its light bulb and its spotlight. And in today's video, we're gonna take a look at the pathlights.
Types of Ring Pathlights
Ring sells two different types of pathlights. It sells a battery-powered Ring Smart Pathlight and a Ring Solar Pathlight. The battery-powered version takes four D batteries where the solar panel obviously has one rechargeable battery inside that uses the sun to charge. In this video, we tested the solar-powered version.
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Ring Pathlight Size and Features
From what I saw on the website, I wasn't expecting anything too big. I've seen a lot of these lights at Home Depot and other locations where you can pick up solar panel lights and you know, the size, I kind of had an idea of what to expect, but this thing is huge. We got a two pack of Ring pathlights. This is just one of them. Two of these were delivered in a giant box. I was actually shocked by how big this pathlight was.
Now to quickly go over the features listed on the box:
- Links with Ring ecosystem
- Motion activated
- Custom settings
- Solar powered
- Voice controlled
Ring Ecosystem and Automation
The cool thing about the Ring ecosystem is that the Ring Pathlight and the Ring camera all connect together. You can also use motion sensors from one device to trigger another device. For example, if motion is detected on the pathlights, it can trigger your camera to start recording earlier than it normally would—now that’s helpful.
Additionally, you can set up your Ring Pathlight to work with your Amazon Alexa voice assistant to turn the lights on and off. But remember, a Ring Bridge is required. If you do not have a Ring Bridge, you’ve got to pick one of those up. You can get it on its own online, or most Ring products have the option to buy a bridge in a small kit.
Ring Pathlight Unboxing
With that said, let's see what comes in the box.
We've taken everything out of the box, so now we can put it together. I’m gonna put the spike on the bottom of the stand because I am going to stick mine in the dirt. The light slides into the top of the stand and locks in place. This thing is massive.
The top of the light actually opens, so you can take out the light. If you take a closer look underneath the light, we'll see the battery right here.
There’s also a micro USB port near the battery. That is where you're going to plug it in if you need to charge it. If it's not charging all the way on a solar panel, you can bring this in and charge it through the cable. That's a nice option, especially in the winter when you're not getting the sun that you were getting in the summer. Once you get the light charged up, we're just gonna pop the light back on here.
Ring Pathlight App Setup
Let's go ahead and get this thing set up in the app. I'm gonna install this outside, and we're gonna take a look at how well the motion sensor works, how bright the lights are, and how far apart we need to actually have these lights.
Setting up the device is really easy to do.
- Open the app and scroll all the way to the bottom and tap on Set Up a Device.
- Tap Smart Lighting.
- Click the location of your device.
- Scan the QR code on the bottom of the Ring Pathlight.
- Update software, if necessary.
- Set pathlight location.
Ring Pathlight Motion Detection Settings
A cool feature in the app allows you to select multiple devices and add them to a group. You can see that I've got the two pathlights and a bulb, which is the porch light. I’ve grouped these devices together so that they’ll all trigger together. For example, if one of the Ring Pathlights detects motion, it's gonna also turn on the porch light.
You can also turn motion detection on and off per device. Say I wanted my first Ring Pathlight to be the only one that's gonna detect motion and not the second pathlight. I can turn the second light off from the app. Then we can also set up a motion schedule. You just set up hours for when you want that stuff to happen.
Another feature is the motion snooze. If you were tired of getting notified because it's Halloween and you've got people walking all around your pathlights, you can snooze those notifications.
We've also got late settings where you can set your auto shut-off time. You can go anywhere from 30 seconds to five minutes. When these lights are triggered, shut-off times is how quickly you want them to automatically turn themselves off.
And then we've also got a lighting schedule. This is when the lights are going to be active and then deactivated. I've got my lights set to turn on at dusk when the sun goes down, and then at midnight, I don't want them to turn on anymore. But you do have the option in this setting that if you don't want it for a certain time, you can go from dusk till dawn.
Ring Pathlight Demo
I'm gonna wait for it to get a little bit darker outside and then we're gonna test these out and see what they're capable of. I set up the pathlights six feet apart because I wanted them spaced out properly to give the most light. I wanted to set them up so the motion sensor on the pathlights would also turn on the porch light. If you wanted to add an additional motion sensor to pick up motion even sooner, you could do that too.
Watch my demo here.
I found that the lights were getting triggered too much by passing cars and people. I actually moved one of the lights right next to the front door, around the other side of the bush. But as I walk up to the front door, you can see the light closest to me triggers the pathlight by the front door and porch light.
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