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Ring Floodlight Cam vs. Ring Spotlight: Key Differences

Last Updated Jul 11, 2020
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As far as smart home security goes, Ring has quickly become a staple in smart homes around the nation. The Ring Floodlight Cam and the Ring Spotlight Cam are two great options for homeowners looking to secure their property.

There are some key differences between the Floodlight and the Spotlight. The Floodlight is harder to install since it can only be hardwired, while the Spotlight can be wired, battery-powered, or even solar-powered. The Floodlight is brighter than the Spotlight, and it comes with an adjustable mount.

An in-depth look at the features of the Ring Floodlight and the Ring Spotlight should help you decide which one is right for your home. Some things to consider would be the amount of space that you want to be covered by the cameras, how you want to power the cameras, and how the camera will improve your home security.

Ring Floodlight & Spotlight Camera Specs

 Ring FloodlightRing Spotlight
Video1080p HD, Live View, Night Vision1080p HD, Live View, Night Vision
Motion DetectionAdvanced motion detection, 270°, 30-foot custom motion zonesAdvanced motion detection, adjustable motion zones
Field of View140° horizontal140° horizontal, 78° vertical
Siren110 decibels110 decibels
AudioTwo-way audio with noise cancellationTwo-way audio with noise cancellation
Lights1800 lumens300-375 lumens
PowerHardwiredRechargeable battery pack, optional solar panel
(Source: Ring)

Ring Floodlight Features

When you open up the box, the Ring Floodlight will come with the following:

  • Floodlight camera
  • Mounting bracket
  • Screwdriver handle
  • Phillips bit
  • Socket bit
  • 5 Bracket screws
  • 3 Wire nuts
  • 2 Cap nuts
  • Hook for hanging the Floodlight camera while wiring
  • Instruction manual

The Ring Floodlight secures your property with 1080p HD video recording, two 3000° Kelvin floodlights, and a security siren. The two-way talk allows you to engage any unwelcome visitors and let them know they’re being watched. The motion sensors boast a 140° field-of-view that is complemented by customizable motion zones and scheduling to monitor the premises efficiently. This motion detection ends up being around 270° of coverage, with 30-foot custom motion zones.

The Ring Floodlight also works with Google Home and Alexa, which allows you to use specific commands to interact with the Floodlight without lifting a finger. Through the Ring app, you can control not only the Floodlight, but you can also sound the alarm, and even zoom in on areas that may seem suspicious.

The Floodlight is also weather-resistant, operating at temperatures from -22°F to 120°F (-30°C to 48.5°C). It comes with a one-year warranty on parts as well as theft protection.

Ring Spotlight Features

When you open up the box for the Ring Spotlight, it will include:

  • Ring Spotlight camera
  • Spotlight camera battery (or AC adapter or the solar panel, depending on which version you purchase)
  • Mounting bracket
  • Philipps bit
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill bit
  • Installation screw and anchors
  • Cable clips

The Ring Spotlight resembles the Floodlight in many ways. The Ring Spotlight also comes equipped with 1080p HD video recording with advanced motion detection and customizable motion zones. It has two-way audio and a security siren. It also operates at the same temperature range as the Floodlight, and it has the same warranty and protection that the Floodlight does.

However, the Spotlight has some differences from the Floodlight as well. For starters, the installation of the Spotlight will likely be more accessible to most homeowners. The Ring Floodlight requires a hardwired connection that some homeowners may not have in their homes. The Ring Spotlight can plug into a standard power outlet or run on either battery or solar power.

It is also slightly smaller than the Floodlight is, and the lights are not as bright, working at about 350 lumens dimmer than the Ring Floodlight.

Impact of Ring Floodlight Cam on Home Security

The Ring Floodlight will cost you a bit of money upfront (about $240), but there is no real price for peace of mind—or is there? Having bright lights to illuminate any unwelcome guests who try to invite themselves in at night helps keep your premises free of malicious visitors.

Depending on where you live and what items are most readily accessible to intruders, the loud alarm from the Ring Floodlight will have saved you $600—or more—on buying a new TV to replace the stolen one. As the old adage goes, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

If you sign up for the basic Ring Protect Plan for $3 a month, you get video recording, photo capture, and sharing. The Ring Protect Plus Plan adds 24/7 professional monitoring, extended warranties, and an additional 10% off on select products from the Ring website.

These subscriptions will allow you to review the video recordings from nights where a trash bin might’ve been knocked over by the neighborhood hooligans or some suspicious noises that you may have heard. (I’ve even used the cameras to catch critters gnawing on my garden plants!)

The Bottom Line

If you’re choosing between the Ring Floodlight and the Ring Spotlight, some differences you’ll want to consider are how bright you want the lights to be and how easy it will be to install one versus the other.

If you already have an electric junction box ready to go, the Floodlight may be much easier for you to install than for homeowners without one. If you’re looking to take your smart home to the next level and go solar, the Spotlight will be the camera that allows you to make the jump.

Both devices are excellent options to choose from if you’re looking to add security and surveillance to your home without spending a lot more money on a professional surveillance system. The compatibility with apps like Google Home and Alexa make either the perfect option for your smart home.

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