Ring motion sensor lights

Ring Motion Sensor Lights Reviewed

Many people know Ring best for its revolutionary video doorbell, which allows users to see and talk with whomever’s at the door. It began as an idea on the popular television show “Shark Tank.” Fast forward to 2018, and Amazon purchased Ring for a cool $1 billion.

Since its inception, Ring has become a full-scale home security company, offering an entire  system for your home. Whether you’re looking for a motion light, or a video camera with a spotlight, there are multiple security options to keep your home more secure during the day and at night.

Aside from different motion light options, Ring also provides feature-packed cameras that not only record video when motion is detected; they also shine a light on whatever is happening outside. Customers can also purchase a separate Ring Motion Sensor that can connect with the Ring Bridge to extend the range of any of your Ring cameras or smart light options. It will activate Ring smart lights, doorbells or cameras when it senses motion. This way, the perimeter of your home can be more fully protected with Ring products.

The ideal customer for a Ring motion light or sensor is someone who has other Ring products and wants to extend the range of their motion sensing. For example, someone who has a large yard and wants lights in one part of the yard to turn on if motion is sensed in another part of it.

Nerd Pros

  • Grouping features: If you purchase more than one Ring motion light, you can program them all to turn on if one of them detects motion. That means instead of just one light turning on in the area, the whole yard can light up if you choose. This functionality can deter thieves while keeping you updated on what’s happening in your yard.
  • Weather resistant: Both the Ring outdoor camera lights and Ring motion sensor are weather resistant, meaning they can stand up to any weather without breaking down.
  • Simple setup: Ring is well-known for having simple installation on all of its products, and the Ring motion light cameras are no exception.

Nerd Cons

  • Limited third-party integration: If you are just getting into the home automation game and are looking into Ring, know that it works with Alexa and all other Ring products. But if you already have another brand of smart products and you are looking to integrate them with new Ring cameras or smart lights, it will be more difficult as Ring has limited third-party integration options. When it comes to smart locks and other items that work with Ring, the company sells them on its website, but you’re out of luck if you already have a security product that doesn’t work with Ring.
  • Price: While Ring product prices are on par with other DIY home security options, Ring motion light options can get expensive considering you need to buy the product and the bridge. Then if you’d like the smart sensor to add an extra 15 feet onto the motion detection of your products, you’ll have to purchase the sensor as well. It can add up quickly.

Ring motion light options

Ring offers several smart lighting products that come with their own built-in motion sensors:

Solar Steplight

This Ring motion light is a perfect way for you to light up a walkway or set of stairs leading up to your home. It has a 15-foot motion detection range and shines up to 50 lumens of white light. This light will continue to recharge as long as it is placed in direct sunlight. The Ring Bridge is required to access all smart controls.

Sale
Ring Solar Steplight, Outdoor Motion-Sensor Security Light, Black (Starter Kit: 2-pack)
  • Perfect for steps and walkways – a solar-powered steplight that shines 50 lumens of light when motion is detected.
  • Ring Bridge included – this Starter Kit includes a Ring Bridge so that you may enable smart features for your Ring Smart Lights.
  • Smart features – when connected to a Ring Bridge, get mobile notifications, set schedules, turn the lights on and off, customize settings,...
  • Easy setup – connect to the Ring Bridge, customize your settings via the Ring app, and place in your ideal location.
  • Powered by the sun – place your Ring Smart Light in direct sunlight to recharge and store power.

Pathlight

Customers can choose from a battery or solar powered version of these smart lights. They’re perfect for illuminating a walkway or driveway with a 15-foot range. With the Ring Bridge, you can control this Ring motion light with an apply or even voice control it with Alexa.

Sale
Ring Smart Lighting – Pathlight, Battery-Powered, Outdoor Motion-Sensor Security Light, Black (Ring Bridge required)
  • A battery-powered pathlight that measures 16.93 inches tall and 4.13 inches in diameter and shines 80 Lumens of brightness on pathways and...
  • Add this to any Ring Smart Lighting Starter Kit with Ring Bridge so you can get notifications, customize settings, and connect to other Ring...
  • With the Ring Bridge, you can connect this light with other Ring Smart Lights, Ring doorbells or cameras, and select Alexa-enabled devices...
  • Pathlight installs in minutes with a wire-free design to illuminate your pathway, entryway, or sidewalk.
  • Ring Bridge required.

Spotlight Battery

This product has a spotlight that shines light on your yard when motion is detected. It has a 15-foot motion detection range that shines up to 400 lumens on areas of your home. The batteries can last as long as a year with normal use. The Ring Bridge is required to access all smart controls.

Sale
Ring Smart Lighting – Spotlight, Battery-Powered, Outdoor Motion-Sensor Security Light, White (Ring Bridge required)
  • A battery-powered spotlight that shines 400 Lumens of brightness on driveways and other areas when motion is detected.
  • Add this to any Ring Smart Lighting Starter Kit with Ring Bridge so you can get notifications, customize settings, and connect to other Ring...
  • With the Ring Bridge, you can connect this light with other Ring Smart Lights, Ring doorbells or cameras, and select Alexa-enabled devices...
  • Spotlight installs in minutes with a wire-free design and included toolkit to illuminate your driveway, patio, or yard.
  • Ring Bridge required.

Solar Floodlight

This Ring motion light will shine brightly if it detects anything moving up to 30 feet away. The ultra-bright 1200 lumens of white light will illuminate the area, perfect for keeping your yard safe at night. It is solar-powered, so there’s no need to worry about replacing batteries all the time. This requires the Ring Bridge to enable smart controls.

Ring Solar Floodlight -- Outdoor Motion-Sensor Security Light, White (Ring Bridge required)
  • Perfect for driveways and backyards – a solar-powered floodlight that shines 1200 lumens of light when motion is detected.
  • Ring Bridge required (sold separately, available in Starter Kits) – to enable smart features, such as mobile notifications and...
  • Smart features – when connected to a Ring Bridge, get mobile notifications, set schedules, turn the lights on and off remotely, customize...
  • Easy setup – connect to the Ring Bridge, customize your settings via the Ring app, and place in your ideal location.
  • Powered by the sun – place your Ring Smart Light in direct sunlight to recharge and store power.

Ring motion light options with a camera

Some Ring cameras also have built-in lights that use motion sensors:

Spotlight Cam

This Ring camera also has a Ring motion light which has a 30-foot range. Complete with 1080 video, wide angle camera lens along with two-way communication, this product combines the power of a Ring motion light and camera for maximum security. It also has an alarm you can control within the app to scare off potential intruders.

Sale
Ring Spotlight Cam Battery HD Security Camera with Built Two-Way Talk and a Siren Alarm, Black, Works with Alexa
  • Connect your Ring camera with Alexa then enable announcements to be alerted when motion is detected. Talk to visitors through compatible...
  • Lets you see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC
  • With a Ring Protect Plan (subscription sold separately), record all your videos, review what you missed for up to 60 days, and share videos...
  • Powered by the quick-release rechargeable battery pack
  • Monitors your home in 1080HD video with infrared night vision and Live View

Floodlight Cam

This product is a camera along with a Ring motion light which provides even more light than the Spotlight Cam. It has ultra-wide angle motion sensors along with customizable motion zones and scheduling. The motion detectors have a 30-foot range, so if any motion is detected, the lights will shine brightly and the camera will start recording.  (Check out our full review of the Ring floodlight cam.)

Ring Floodlight Cam X White - lifetime video recording, 3-year device warranty, dedicated tech support - Distributor Bundle
  • This bundle includes a Ring Floodlight Cam, a Ring Protect Lifetime Basic Plan, and a 3-year limited warranty.
  • 1080p HD security camera that let's customers see, hear, and speak to anyone from their phone, tablet, or PC.
  • Requires hardwired installation to weatherproof electrical boxes.
  • Create a Ring of Security by adding and connecting multiple Ring devices through the Ring app at any time.
  • Customers can review, save, and share videos from the X Line device with the included Ring Protect Lifetime Basic Plan.

Extend detection range with Ring Motion Sensor

Whether you purchase a Ring light or a camera that has a light integration, you can extend the motion sensing range by up to 15-feet with a Ring Motion Sensor. Each battery-powered sensor costs $24.99 and supplements any Ring product from a camera to a smart light.

This weatherproof product can be placed just about anywhere, and allow your Ring products to detect motion sooner. That means if you place one outside of your home, when it senses motion it can tell anything from your doorbell camera to indoor cameras to begin recording. If there is an intruder, the cameras will then be able to start recording before anyone even comes into view. The motion sensors are also convenient if you’d like your smart lights to automatically  turn on prior to entering your home.

Wrapping it up

It’s important to note that a Ring Bridge is required for these smart light products to function together. At $49.99, the Bridge allows up to 50 Ring products to seamlessly work together within the home. Although it is an added cost, it is the only way to provide a smart home ecosystem with Ring products.

The Ring motion light options do a solid job of shining light on your home at night, whether it’s to alert you someone is there, or to light your walkway to the front door. For an added layer of security, the camera options with a Ring motion sensor built in does double duty, taking video of what’s happening and shining extra light on the subject. If you decide to go this route, make sure to purchase the bridge so your entire Ring system can work together to keep your home safe.

This article has been reviewed and approved by Officer Banta.

Officer James Banta

Officer Banta is the official SecurityNerd home security and safety expert. A member of the Biloxi Police Department for over 24 years, Officer Banta reviews all articles before lending his stamp of approval. Click here for more information on Officer Banta and the rest of our team.

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