Every function of the floodlights on your Floodlight Cam is available on your Ring App. The remainder of this article will explain the various controls available to utilize your floodlights.
Manual "Lights" Control
The manual "lights" control is the control that appears above the "motion alerts" toggle on your device's main menu in the Ring app. Toggle this control to manually turn the floodlights on and off.
Note: This control overrules any other setting or controls that are set with the Ring app. Regardless of whether you've scheduled the lights to be on or off or whether it's day or night, this control will always turn on your lights.
Note: Quickly turning your lights on and off via a physical switch is actually a manual override of sorts and is found in any brand of floodlight, not just the Floodlight Cam, as a safety feature. To turn off your floodlights after a power cycle, use the manual "lights" control in your Ring app.
Tap on the "Light Settings" band for access to the advanced floodlight controls including Motion Control Settings and Light Scheduling.
Motion Control Settings
Your motion control settings are where you'll adjust the range and distance at which motion will turn your floodlights on. Your floodlights use passive infrared detectors (PIR) to detect motion in three 90 degree arcs around the device. With this, you can adjust the range at which your floodlights activate.
Question: Will the lights on my Floodlight Cam turn on every time it detects motion?
Answer: No. The lights on the Floodlight Cam will only turn on for motion events when it's dark. If it is dark outside and your lights aren't turning on you can adjust your motion sensitivity for triggering the lights. If it's dark outside and you don't want the lights to turn to at all, you can always manually control your spotlight through the manual lights control.
Question: Will my camera always activate when the floodlights are triggered by motion?
Answer: No. The floodlights on your Floodlight Cam are operated by passive infrared heat detection and have a radius of 270 degrees. The camera unit on your Floodlight Cam notifies you of movement within the camera’s field of view and has a range of 140 degrees. As a result, there will be times where something outside the range of the camera activates the lights.
Note: You will not receive any motion alerts until you set at least one motion zone.
Additionally, the floodlights are divided up into three 90 degree zones that can be independently turned on or off and the distance adjusted to customize the area that will trigger the lights to turn on. The camera too can have its motion-sensing area customized through the Ring App, and can cover up to three different zones. The combination of these different customizable zones gives you complete control over the area you wish to cover with your Floodlight Cam.
Use this control to automatically turn your floodlights on for a set period.
Note: Your light schedule will always be overridden by the manual light control. If your light is currently scheduled to be off, your manual control will always turn it on.