Proper Positioning for Your Spotlight Cam Battery

How to position your Spotlight Cam

Ring Spotlight Cam contains advanced Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors.

In order to pick up all the motion you want to capture, it helps to understand a bit about how Spotlight Cam's sensors work, and how to position your Spotlight Cam for maximum effectiveness.

Finding Spotlight Cam's Optimal Motion Zone

Your Spotlight Cam's PIR sensors detect heat signatures of moving objects.

The optimal motion zone is right in the middle of your Spotlight Cam's field of view (FOV).

Think of your Spotlight Cam's Optimal Motion Zone as a tripwire for motion alerts. When objects move through this imaginary line, you can be guaranteed they will trip your Spotlight Cam's motion sensors.

Aim your Spotlight Cam so that the Optimal Motion Zone overlays the perimeter of your property or the area where you first want to be alerted about motion. For example, a visitor coming through the fence into your yard.

Note: Ring is always working toward improving your home security experience. Beginning October 2020, we’ve begun releasing a new feature for battery-powered devices called Customizable 

Motion Zones. Customizable Motion Zones have been a standard feature on wired Ring devices for some time, but they will soon be an option for Ring neighbors using battery-powered devices.

To find out more about Customizable Motion Zones for Ring battery-powered devices, click here.

Common Errors

A common error is mounting Spotlight Cam too high, and aiming it too low. In addition, your Spotlight Cam should be placed parallel to the ground for optimal viewing.   

Spotlight Cam works great at eye-level, or slightly higher. At nine feet from the ground, your Spotlight Cam can cover a wide visual area, as well as capture HD video of visitors' faces.


When Spotlight Cam is mounted too high, it often gets angled sharply downwards. This can work if you're only looking to detect motion in a very small area, but more often than not results in not detecting approaching visitors or capturing the top of heads when the motion sensors are triggered.

Don't be afraid to mount your Spotlight Cam too low. It will capture clear video of visitors' faces and cover a wide visual area. You'll be more likely to capture the events you want to know about and be notified as soon as they happen.

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