Ring Smart Lighting is a great way to add to your home security and bring more light to your property without spending a fortune.
With the Ring Path lights, Ring Spotlight and Ring Motion Sensor the Ring cameras I already have installed can start recording earlier and I’ve added lighting to deter anyone sneaking around my property at night.
To test this system I paired the Ring Bridge with Smart Lighting and a Ring Floodlight Camera in the backyard and a Ring Video Doorbell 2 on the front door. When any of the Smart Lighting options detects motion it can turn on linked lights and even start recording on a linked camera.
I have the Ring Spotlight set up to light up the side of my house and start recording in my backyard. I have the Ring Motion Sensor set up to turn on the Path lights and start recording on my Video Doorbell. This expands the coverage and gives me a better view of what is happening while adding a lot of light to these areas.
While you can get multi-packs with the Bridge, you only need one Bridge to connect these to your Ring doorbell or cameras. One bridge can handle up to 50 Ring Smart lights.
The Ring Bridge is easy to install inside your house or garage. You don’t need to plug it into your router like many smart home products. You simply plug it into power and use the Ring app to connect to your WiFi.
Ring Pathlight Review
The Ring Pathlight is a great way to add light to a front sidewalk or path. I was initially concerned that they would make lawncare a hassle, but it’s easy to work around them and they can twist off the base so that I can weed whack without damaging the lights.
Installing the lights is pretty easy, push or pound a plastic spike into the yard and then twist the light onto the base. I wish there was an option to get a metal base as my yard is quite tough and one of the bases bent. I was able to get it installed with a little work, but it would be good to have an option. The only other challenge when installing is getting the base level so the light is straight. After a few tries, I ended up with a great setup.
I have two lights along my sidewalk with the motion sensors pointing in different directions and a third in the flowerbed right where the sidewalk meets the front of the house.
When I take our dogs out at night, or when we come home at night the lights immediately turn on, providing plenty of light to feel secure and to see what the dogs are up to, even at 3 AM.
The sensors also turn the Video Doorbell 2 on, which means recordings capture more of any action. This came in handy when a drunk person stopped by in the middle of the day.
You can set up Ring alerts on your phone from each of these, but I find that to be too much when I work from home. In the settings, I was able to turn off the alerts, but still keep the linked recordings.
The lights run on D batteries, so you simply replace them when they run out. There is no wiring or recharging needed. One set of batteries should last about a year.
Ring Spotlight Review
The Ring Spotlight is a battery-powered light that is easy to install with just a few screws. It does not include a camera, just a bright light that is motion activated. Unlike a standard motion-activated floodlight that you can pick up at most home improvement stores, this connects to the Ring Bridge and it can turn on other lights or start recordings.
When the Spotlight on the side of my house detects motion at the gate to our backyard it turns on and it starts recording in the backyard.
I love the flexibility of this option. With battery life lasting a year, I don’t need to run power to this spotlight. That means no crawling around in my attic in the middle of the summer.
Ring Motion Sensor Review
The Ring Motion Sensor is a nice way to automatically turn on your Ring Smart Lights and start recording when motion is sensed farther away from your house.
I installed mine on my mailbox, pointing at my driveway. This allows me to get motion alerts when people enter the driveway, turn on the Pathlights and start recording.
It would be nice if you could control this motion sensor with zones like you can on the Video Doorbell 2, but you can only change sensitivity between high, medium and low. It’s not a dealbreaker, but you’ll want to keep this in mind as you install it, so that you aren’t picking up motion from cars driving past on the street.
Is Ring Smart Lighting Worth Buying?
Ring Smart Lighting is a great way to add extra security to your home with motion alerts, deterrent lighting and it’s easy to install. The connected recording makes it a perfect companion to a Ring Video Doorbell or a Ring camera.
The total cost of the Ring Smart Lights I tested is about $175, which is fair for the connected lighting. The nice part about this system is that you can start with the lights that you need, and add on as you find deals or as you spot other areas where you need lights. Unlike cheap solar lights, these should last a long time.
- Battery-powered spotlights and pathlights that shine light on driveways, entryways, and other areas when motion is detected.
- This Starter Kit includes one Ring Bridge to place indoors so you can get notifications, customize settings, and connect to other Ring devices - all from the Ring app.
- Lights install in minutes with a wire-free design and included toolkit to illuminate your driveway, patio, or yard.
- Group Ring Smart Lights together to brighten up a small area or make your whole yard shine whenever one light detects motion.
- Connect with Ring doorbells and cameras to create a fully connected home security system.
You can also buy a Floodlight Battery, Floodlight Wired or a Steplight to add lights around your house. There is a Transformer, that allows you to connect to existing wired landscaping lights, so you can turn them on when a Motion Sensor or other Ring product detects motion.
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