Proper positioning for your Floodlight Cam

How to position your Floodlight Cam

Ring Floodlight Cam contains both advanced Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors that control the light and motion sensors in the camera.

In order to pick up all the motion you want to capture, it helps to understand a bit about how Floodlight Cam's sensors work, and how to position your Floodlight Cam for maximum effectiveness.

Finding Floodlight Cam's optimal motion zone

Your Floodlight Cam's PIR sensors detect heat signatures of moving objects in three 90 degree zones. Your Floodlight Cam's camera detects motion within a 270-degree field of view that overlaps the PIR zone as shown below.


The optimal motion zone is right in the middle of your Floodlight Cam's field of view (FOV).

Think of your Floodlight Cam's optimal motion zone as a tripwire for motion alerts. When objects move through this imaginary line, you can be guaranteed they will trip your Floodlight Cam's motion sensors and lights.

Aim your Floodlight Cam so that the optimal motion zone overlays the perimeter of your property or the area where you first want to be alerted about motion. For example, a visitor coming through the fence into your garden.

Common errors

A common error is mounting Floodlight Cam too low.

Floodlight Cam works great at about 2.7 metres above ground level with the motion sensor parallel to the ground. From this height, your Floodlight Cam can cover a wide visual area, as well as capture HD video of visitors' faces.


When Floodlight Cam is mounted too low, it reduces your optimal motion zone. This can work if you're only looking to detect motion in a very small area, but more often than not results in not detecting approaching visitors or capturing the top of heads when the sensors are triggered.

Don't be afraid to mount your Floodlight Cam high. It will capture clear video of visitors' faces and cover a wide visual area. You'll be more likely to capture the events you want to know about and be notified as soon as they happen.

Last updated 4 months ago