How to Install a Ring Floodlight Cam – Can I Do it Myself?
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You can install a Ring Floodlight Cam by yourself but, depending on the model, it might not be advised for safety and legal purposes. Setting up this device requires a junction box and handling live wires. Therefore, hiring a licensed electrician is often best and, in some areas, legally required.
What Are The Safest Ring Floodlight Cam Models To Install Myself?
The safest options for self-installation would be the Floodlight Cam Plus (Plug-in) and the Floodlight Cam Pro (Plug-In).
Both of these options allow you to avoid dealing with a junction box or live wires because they are powered by plugging them in to the closest standard power outlet.
All you have to do is mount it into place and plug it in. If you have purchased a different model, you should seriously consider hiring a professional or, if you really don’t want to, exchanging it.
Can I Install a Wired Ring Floodlight Cam Myself?
If you already have a floodlight wiring system in place (i.e. junction box, wiring, etc.) then you could install a Ring Floodlight Cam yourself as long as you take the proper precautions and the codes in your area don’t not legally require this to be performed by a licensed electrician.
To install a wired Ring Floodlight Cam using existing wiring:
- Turn off the power to this unit at the breaker.
- Remove the old fixture and mounting bracket (if present).
- Install the new Ring Floodlight Cam bracket using a standard screwdriver.
- Hang the Ring Floodlight Cam using the provided hook.
- Secure the property’s grounding wire to the green grounding screw inside the Ring Floodlight Cam using wire nuts.
- Connect the black wires and then connect the white wires.
- Remove the Ring Floodlight Cam from the hook and screw it into place on the bracket.
- Restore power to the Ring Floodlight Cam.
As long as you are confident that you can turn off the power to this unit prior to installation and can properly connect and secure the wires, then you should be able to have your Ring Floodlight Cam fully installed within 15 minutes without professional assistance.
All that’s left to do is to adjust the Ring Floodlight Cam’s angles for the ideal field of view and then connect it to your Ring app and other Ring security devices.
What If I Don’t Have Existing Wiring for My Ring Floodlight Cam?
The best thing to do if you want a Ring Floodlight Cam but don’t have existing wiring for a wired model would be to purchase and install a plug-in model instead.
If you’re intent on installing a wired model without existing, then you will need to hire licensed electrician to install additional wiring, a junction box, and other necessary features. This is not a task the average person should perform without extensive knowledge, training, and specialized tools.
The average cost of materials for this installation is less than $40, but the average cost of labor and materials ranges from $350- $425.
Obviously, the cost of labor is exponentially higher than the materials. But attempting to install the wiring necessary for a Ring Floodlight Cam without training can be extremely dangerous and even have legal repercussions depending on your region’s codes.
The cost of installing an outdoor electrical outlet ranges from $125-$175, making it more budget-friendly and safe overall to purchase a plug-in model and have an electrical outlet installed in instances where no wiring or outlets were originally available. You should seek professional help for this.