The Ring Floodlight, Battery is the primary Ring product I’ve used that doesn’t simply work out of the field. You’ll want to purchase a set of 4 D batteries to get it up and working. It’s additionally the primary that isn’t designed to work alone. A separate Ring Bridge is required to hyperlink it with the remainder of your Ring gadgets and lights. 

But the largest downside with the Floodlight Battery isn’t what it wants, it’s what it does. At $50, it’s the costliest of Ring’s new battery-powered smart lighting lineup, which incorporates spotlights, movement sensors, and pathlights, but it surely doesn’t ship a lot in the best way of distinctive performance. You’ll get notifications and you may set off a cam to begin recording when movement is detected, however boil it down, and the Floodlight Battery is little greater than, effectively, barely smarter than your common floodlight.

The different Ring gadgets in my house—the Doorbell Pro and Floodlight Cam—really feel and performance like premium sensible house merchandise, however the Floodlight Battery isn’t fairly on the identical degree. Rather, it appears like an Amazon Basics knockoff of the Floodlight Cam, albeit a top quality one for the value. Ring’s hallmark craftsmanship and set-it-and-forget-it simplicity are on full show, however the Floodlight Battery simply doesn’t have the identical magnificence and class as its camera-enabled merchandise. And it requires plenty of batteries.

Easy arrange and easy set up

Like the remainder of Ring’s merchandise, the Floodlight Battery is extremely straightforward to put in and arrange. If you’re setting it up as a dumb gentle, you gained’t have to do something besides pop within the batteries and connect the bracket to a sturdy wall or beam with a drill and the included screws. It solely requires three screws to remain in place, however you’ll wish to be sure it’s secured effectively, because the Floodlight Battery will get fairly heavy when you add 4 D cells to it.

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The Floodlight Battery is a part of a brand new class of sensible lights from Ring.

But to get probably the most out of the Floodlight Battery, you’ll wish to pair it with a Ring Bridge, accessible for $50 by itself or $70 as a part of a bundle with the floodlight. Like the Philips Hue Bridge, the Ring Bridge allows grouping of lights and IFTT-type triggers for the remainder of your gadgets. It’s additionally the part that sends movement alerts to your telephone, so you want one. The very last thing sensible house fanatics want is one other standalone hub, but it surely’s small, has an extended vary, and makes use of an influence cable (fairly than an all-one-one plug design just like the Chime), so it’s straightforward to cover. It additionally connects as much as 50 gadgets, which ought to be loads except you propose on shopping for a number of path lights (however bear in mind that you would be able to’t function multiple Ring sensible lighting bridge in your community).

Connecting the Ring Bridge to my community was even simpler than the Ring cameras, with little various faucets required to get the Bridge and Floodlight on talking phrases. I solely encountered one challenge with it going offline for an prolonged time period—which was solved by disconnecting a Ring Chime—and even with a comparatively low sign (round RSSI-75 versus RSSI-40 on my different Ring gadgets), the Floodlight Battery didn’t have any responsiveness points or lag.

Simple settings, advanced menus, and so-so monitoring

The simplicity of setup extends to the performance of the gadget, but it surely’s not practically as pleasant. Like the doorbell and different Ring gadgets, you’ll get notifications when the Floodlight Battery detects movement, however I discovered its detection to be a lot much less dependable.

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With solely three movement settings, you’ll both get too many or too few notifications with the Floodlight Battery.

Part of the issue clearly stems from its lack of a digicam, but it surely’s additionally the rudimentary controls on the app. With the doorbell, for instance, there are a number of steps of sensitivity that may be chosen for a way typically you wish to be bothered by alerts, however on the Floodlight Battery, there are solely three: Low, Medium, and High. While Ring says Medium is sweet for “most uses,” I discovered that it triggered alerts for too typically, particularly on windy days. And I had the other downside when it was set to Low. On at some point with it pinned to the bottom setting I acquired only one alert, whereas Medium triggered dozens.

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