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Ring Spotlight and Motion Sensor Review
The motion sensor pairs really well with the Ring Spotlight.
Today, we're gonna be taking a look at Ring Spotlight. This is a battery powered spotlight that has 400 lumens of brightness. It has an operating temperature of -4°F all the way up to 122°F. And this spotlight does require the Ring Bridge to operate. So keep that in mind. Also, it does take four D batteries that can last up to a year. It also has a built-in motion sensor with a range of 30 feet.
But if that is not far enough for you, we're also going to be incorporating the Ring Outdoor Motion Sensors. So we can get a little bit further distance. Or if we wanna get around the corner to start this light a little bit early, we can do that too. The motion sensor has a detection distance of 30 feet.
Ring Spotlight unboxing
With that said, let's take a look at what comes in these boxes:
- Motion sensor
If we take a look at the spotlight, we can see the LED light in the center. We've got the motion sensor under the light. Flip the light on the side, and there are different screws that we can loosen and tighten so that we can get it into the perfect position that we need to.
To open the camera up, you're just going to twist the face to the side and pull it out. This is where you'll put the batteries. Once you get the batteries in there, put the face back in the base, and twist it close. It's nice that you can access the batteries from the front so that you don't have to take this down, or reach to the back, to get to the batteries.
Next, we’ll look at the motion sensor. When you install the sensor, you're just going to slide the bottom of the base off the sensor. So you'll mount the base where it needs to go, and then you're just going to slide the motion sensor back on the base. Pretty simple and straightforward.
Ring Spotlight installation
But now that we've taken a look at what comes in the box, let's get these things set up. We're gonna take this thing outside and find a place to install this light. I'm gonna want it somewhere up high, because obviously it's a spotlight. I'm gonna stick it up on my roof, facing my backyard, where I usually install my security cameras. And get a better demo of what kind of light 400 lumens is going to look like. I’m gonna put the motion sensor around the corner by the back gate. If someone comes in the back of the gate, it'll trigger the light that's around the corner by the back door.
Now, one thing with installing this light is that you notice it's kind of at an awkward angle right there. I didn’t like how you position this light. You can point it up and down, but you can't really move it to the exact spot that you wanted to. So I turned it to the side and tilted it down. But I wish I could rotate in any direction. So I wasn't a big fan of the setup of that, but I tried my best to get the angle that I was trying to get.
Ring Spotlight testing
Let's see how fast it takes for the light to turn on when I just walk up to it. Here we go, it is now turned on. And there was a slight delay with that. It took me almost getting up to the lights, but here is an idea of what it looks like and how much light it is casting out here right now. Pretty good.
But, now that we've seen how bright this light gets, let's test it out using the motion sensor. Okay, so I set up the camera in the corner of the yard. Here I am walking in the side gate here and tripping that motion sensor over by the gate. And you can see how fast that light turns on. Having the light turn on with a motion sensor that is farther away or around a corner is ideal.
Just wanna give you guys another review of how bright this light gets. You can see how lit up the whole entire backyard is. Granted, my yard isn't huge, but it is lighting up a majority of my yard. I'm actually really impressed with how bright this light does get.
Recap: Is the Ring Spotlight good?
So I've been using the Ring Spotlight and Motion Sensor for little over a week now. And it's been really good. The light is nice and bright. It's been turning on consistently and flooding the yard, which is perfect for what I want. This thing runs at $40 and does run on battery. But I think that is a pretty good deal to be able to get some smart lighting around your yard.
Be sure to check out our review of Ring’s security system as a whole.
But what do you guys think? Is this something that you're gonna be picking up, or are there some better options out there? Let me know in the comments below.