The Ring Floodlight Cam is one of the best wireless security camera systems for a smart home. Not only is it easy to set up and operate but also you can use it as an outdoor security light. Speaking of setting up, by the way, we’d like to show you how to install Ring Floodlight Cam without existing wiring.
Unfortunately, the line of Ring Floodlight Cam doesn’t have a built-in battery. The attached floodlights generate a brightness of about 1,500 – 2,000 lumens. So, it certainly would require regular charging than the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery that rates about 300 lumens.
Can I plug My Ring Floodlight in the Standard Power Outlet?
When buying the Ring Floodlight Cam, most people tend to have the idea that the device is to plug into power like most WiFi cameras. Surprisingly, the package doesn’t come with a power adapter but wire nuts/ connectors to help in the wiring. But then, why can’t you just plug into a power outlet like Wyze or Nest cam standalone cameras.
First of all, Ring designed the Floodlight Cam system to replace your outdoor lighting. As was mentioned, the original creation had an output of about 1,500 lumens at 3,000K color temperature. The newer models even have higher brightness, ranging up to 2,000 lumens. And just like with most high-power outdoor lights, you must give it its own power source to prevent socket overload.
By the way, Ring Floodlight also has a wide array of features that also increases its energy consumption.
|Video Quality||1080p Full HD video|
|Floodlight Features||1500 Lumens Brightness|
Turn on/ off via Ring App
|Audio Functions||Two-way talk|
Built-in siren that can be remotely activated
|Coverage||140-degree field of view|
|Intelligent Surveillance||Motion capture zones|
People only detection
Scheduled motion detection
|Home Automation||Alexa voice control integration|
|Wireless Connection||2.4GHz WiFi connectivity at 928MHz|
|More Details||Check 29,000+ Reviews|
Therefore, you must hardwire the Floodlight Cam just like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro for it to operate properly and safely. Yes, of course, you could wire the system to the live, neutral, and earth wires of a socket. However, the junction box is the best choice to protect the wire connections from weather and prevent accidental electrical shocks.
How to Install Ring Floodlight Cam without Existing Wiring
If you’re comfortable handling electrical wiring, you can install your Ring Floodlight Cam without existing wiring in under thirty minutes. In case the mounting location still has the wiring from the previous lighting, the process becomes even simpler as mounting the plates and connecting the wires.
In any case, here’s a detailed guide on how to install a Ring Floodlight Cam without existing wiring.
What You’ll Need:
- Mounting bracket (included)
- Bracket O’ screws (included)
- Phillips screwdriver (included)
- Wire nuts/ connectors (included)
- Hanging Hook (included)
- Mounting pole Cap nuts ( provided)
- Circuit tester (not included)
- Single pull switch (not included)
- Wire clips/ staples (not included)
- Rectangular Junction box (not included)
- 4-inch round junction box (not included)
- Electrical wire, preferably Romex 14/ 2 gauge (not included)
What You Need To Do
Step 1: Collect All The Tools For The Project
Although it might seem obvious, you’ll need to put together your installation tools and accessories before you start. That way, it’ll become easier and save time since you have everything you need close by.
Usually, Ring provides the Floodlight Cam with its mounting hardware. This includes the mounting bracket, O’ screws, wire nuts, hanging hook, and cap nuts. Meanwhile, you’ll also need to have gathered the personals that you use to install your camera. This includes the round junction box to hold the camera in position and the pull switch to power on/ off the camera.
Step 2: Locate the Nearest Power Source
Now that everything you need is in one place, you can look for a good power source for your wireless security camera. So, we are assuming you already know the location your device will be so that you can tap into the nearest power source. Remember, this step won’t be necessary if you’re mounting your camera to where you used to have an outdoor floodlight.
But, anyway, after finding the right power source, remove the junction box cover to connect your new wiring to the camera switch. However, make sure there’s no power flowing in the wires and also junction box (in case metallic) to prevent electric shock. If your tester shows the line is active, do switch it off from the main circuit breaker. In case you’re confused about which switch is for the outlet you want to use, power off the main supply instead.
Step 3: Connect a New Wire to the Existing Junction Box
In this step, the idea is to create a new wiring connection that will give power to the switch for your Floodlight camera. Therefore, after removing the junction cover, we’ll connect the new wires to the appropriate sides on the outlet of the box.
If you have the standard junction box, the input cables of the outlet will be at the bottom. The color code of the wires on our end was copper (earth/ ground), black (hot/ live), and white (neutral). But again, different electrical companies usually use varying color codes. So, you can check their guidelines online if you’re confused on which to use with what.
Once you take care of that problem, you can now hook up your new cables in their appropriate sides on the outlet. If it’s a live wire, connect on the top port of the existing black wire, and so forth.
Regardless, make sure you secure all the outlet wires properly before placing them back in the box. Otherwise, a loose wire could cause an electrical short, which can easily fry your camera, or worse, start a fire.
Step 4: Install the New Junction Box and the Switch
After securing the wire and closing the old junction box, the next step will be to power the switch for our Ring Camera. You’ll start by adding the new rectangular junction box so that it can hold the switch in position and also cover the wire connections.
Then, take the newly connected wires and bring them into the new junction box to power the switch. The switch will be the outlet of our floodlight camera system. So, you’ll connect the new hot and neutral wires to the bottom of the switch so that the top ports can hold the wires going to the Ring Cam.
Please note, some single switches will only have a single bottom and top port for the hot wires. Thus, the neutral you can connect and secure with the wire nut, then twist the ground cables together.
Step 5: Get the Power Wires to the Camera location
At this point now, you should have wired power for your camera. So, the single thing remaining is to take it to where the camera will be mounting. To avoid extra work to hide the security camera wires afterward, you can just drill through the wall. Alternatively, you can run the security camera wires through the soffit until the position the Floodlight Cam will be.
Step 6: Install the Camera Mounting bracket
Once you have the wires outside, you can mount the bracket to hold your camera to the wall or ceiling. That’s right, you can set up your Ring Floodlight Cam camera either horizontally or upside-down, depending on your preferences. But again, the device will need to be at most nine feet off the ground to ensure maximum effectiveness.
Meanwhile, you shouldn’t install the mounting bracket on the wall by itself. You’ll need to first add the 4-inch round junction so that it can hide the excess wire. You can also screw the back of the box to an underground feeder cable adapter to give a firmer and watertight enclosure.
After mounting the junction box, you can now put on the bracket while using the screws that the Ring provided. Don’t forget to pass the power supply wires from the switch through the middle of the bracket.
Step 7: Wire up Your Ring Floodlight Camera
First, the Ring Floodlight Cam usually ships when the camera head’s upside down on the fixture. As such, you’ll need to loosen the camera lock collar and adjust it through 180° before fitting on the wall bracket. If the floodlights are blocking you from rotating the camera head, you can loosen their knobs as well and rotate them out of the way.
Once you have taken care of that, you can now get the provided hook and hang your Ring Floodlight Cam to the bracket. This will enable you to connect the wires without a hassle or yanking them out of their position.
Just like the previous connections, we’ll connect the hot (black) wire from the switch to the hot wire of the camera. Do the same for the neutral and ground wires, then secure each wire connection with the provided wire nut.
Step 8: Finishing the installation
Once done with the wiring, you can now remove your Ring camera from the hook. Then, carefully feed all the wires through the center of the bracket to the junction box.
After that, put the main fixture on the mounting bracket while aligning the mounting poles with the two predrilled holes. Then, screw the cap nuts with the screwdriver handle that was also in the package.
Finally, restore the power line of the camera system at the breaker and configure it with the Ring app. The application will guide you through the entire setup process from the automated instructions. So, it should be a breeze to connect to the WiFi and start streaming on your smart device.
Overall, Ring is a nice brand if you need a smart security camera system for your home. It creates standalone cameras, which makes it a perfect choice if you need to monitor your apartment. And best of all, it’s a local manufacturer under Amazon.com, Inc.
But, anyhow, in the article, we’ve been showing you how to install Ring Floodlight Cam without existing wiring. So, at this point, you necessarily don’t need to hire an electrician or professional installer on the project. Besides, Ring also includes nearly everything you need for the installation, including the screwdriver and mounting bracket. So, all you need is to have an open mind and like one hour tops.
To conclude, we’d like to mention that this camera unit doesn’t have a built-in slot to insert a memory card. So, be ready to join Ring protects plans if you want to see everything and keep crucial evidence.