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What is the Best Height to Mount a Eufy Floodlight Camera?

Last Updated Jul 13, 2022
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Eufy Floodlight smart security cameras are a great solution to add security to your home without paying a monthly fee. Placing one in your backyard or on your porch will provide you with illumination whenever needed and record any events on your property. You just acquired one of these cameras and are about to mount it, but now you are wondering, what is the best height to place it at?

To get the best performance out of your Eufy Floodlight camera and avoid losing detection range, you should place it slightly above head-high, around 7 to 11 feet (2 to 3 meters). Depending on the height, you may also need to change the angle. However, the angle should never be more than 30 degrees.

Correct placement of your Eufy Floodlight camera is crucial to obtaining the best experience. Keep reading to learn more about how to make the right decisions during installation.

Where is the Best Place to Mount a Eufy Floodlight Camera?

This is your first time mounting a Eufy Floodlight camera outside your home, and you want to ensure you do not make any mistakes that lead to poor performance for your new security camera. Below, we will cover all the criteria the camera location should meet. This includes:

  • Camera height
  • Camera angle
  • Lightning conditions and obstacles 

Each security camera works differently, but these parameters most apply to Eufy Floodlight cameras. Let’s take a look at how to carefully choose an optimal combination of height, angle, and lighting conditions for this camera’s operation.

Camera Height

The height at which you place your Eufy Floodlight camera can make or break your home security experience. Placing the camera too high can significantly decrease its detection range, while placing it too low increases the likelihood of it getting damaged or knocked off. 

Eufy Floodlight cameras have a detection range of anywhere between 30 and 40 feet, or 9 and 12 meters. For this reason, placing it at a height of around 15 ft will decrease the range significantly. 

An appropriate height for the camera is slightly above head-high, somewhere between 7-8 feet. Eufy does not recommend placing the camera anywhere higher than 11 feet, so try to keep that as the upper limit.

Camera Angle

The right angle to mount your Eufy Floodlight camera will depend on the height you’ve placed it at. Finding an appropriate angle for the camera’s height on your property will help you achieve the maximum theoretical range. 

When in doubt, follow this rule of thumb: the camera should be oriented so it can still point at the center of a person’s body at the maximum range. For example, at a distance of 30 to 40 feet, the lens should look straight into a point approximately 3 feet above the ground.

This means the closer the camera is to the ground, the shallower the angle should be. With some quick trigonometry, we can find that for a Eufy Floodlight camera placed at 7 feet, the angle should be tilted between 6 to 8 degrees downwards. If you placed the camera at the maximum recommended height of 11 feet, the optimal tilt-down angle would be between 12 to 15 degrees.

Eufy recommends that, for cameras mounted at the maximum height of 11 feet, the angle should not be tilted down more than 30 degrees. Any angles lower than this can significantly decrease the camera’s range.

Lightning Conditions and Obstacles

We have covered the optimal heights and angles to mount your Eufy Floodlight security cameras. Now, we will discuss why it’s important to consider your surrounding lighting conditions and obstacles. 

All Eufy Floodlight cameras achieve motion detection using an infrared (IR) sensor. This is with the exception of the Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro, which combines infrared with AI image recognition. The camera’s IR sensor is based on light, making it sensitive to sunlight and other obstacles.

Avoid placing your camera under direct sunlight, which will negatively affect the range. It is best to place the camera on the side of your house that receives the least amount of sunlight or under a porch ceiling to keep it in the shade. 

You should never place the camera behind a window. This will completely prevent motion detection, as the IR signal cannot pass through a glass pane.

Conclusion

Adjusting your Eufy Floodlight camera’s height and orientation for the optimal range will ensure it gets the widest field of view. Try placing the camera somewhere between 7 to 11 feet over ground level to keep the camera safe from damage and avoid losing any range. 

Depending on the camera’s height, you will want to tilt it between 6 to 15 degrees downwards. Avoid putting the camera under direct sunlight or behind any obstacles. With all this in mind, you are now ready to make the best judgment on how to position your Eufy Floodlight camera.

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