Floodlights illuminate your property so you can see your way around at night, as well as to alert you of any unexpected visitors. The $99.98 Wyze Cam Floodlight excels in this regard, and also as a security camera, thanks to its integration of the Editors’ Choice award-winning Wyze Cam V3. When the device detects sound or motion, it starts a video recording and lights up your driveway, backyard, or any other area of your property with luminous LEDs. Although it doesn’t support Apple HomeKit or work with Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands, it’s still a fantastic value for the price, and worthy of our Editors’ Choice award. The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight, another Editors’ Choice winner, supports voice control as well as Homekit, but costs significantly more at $249.99.
A Durable Design With Radiant Lights
The Wyze Cam Floodlight’s white, IP65 weather-resistant housing measures 9.5 by 7.7 by 7.0 inches (HWD) and weighs 2.7 pounds. It sports two dimmable LEDs that put out 2,600 lumens, have a 5,000K white color temperature and should last up to 15,000 hours with regular use (the Arlo Pro 3’s bulbs are slightly brighter at 3,000 lumens, for comparison). A built-in speaker and loud, 105dB siren are both good for scaring off intruders, too.
A Wyze Cam V3 sits below the lights on an adjustable bracket, along with a passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor that has a 270-degree field of view; both can trigger the lights. The camera, like the housing, also carries an IP65 rating for all-weather use. You can even mount a second Wyze Cam V3 camera close by and power it using an auxiliary USB port on the back of the primary camera.
The Wyze Cam Floodlight connects with your home network via a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio and integrates with other Wyze devices such as the plugs, light bulbs, and different security cameras. You can view video from the camera on an Amazon Echo Show or Google Nest Hub, but, as mentioned, you can’t control the Floodlight Cam with voice commands. The $149.99 Ezviz LC1C Smart Floodlight Camera supports voice commands from both Alexa and Google Assistant.
The camera uses the same mobile app (available for Android and iOS) as other Wyze products. You can manually turn the lights on or off via the floodlight icon on the camera’s Live screen, or go to the camera’s settings where they’re listed as an Accessory.
Tap the Floodlight tab to adjust the brightness level; configure the lights to turn on from sunset to sunrise; have them turn on when the camera detects motion or sound; and set a timer. The Schedule tab lets you create schedules based on time and day, and enables integration with other Wyze devices. Here you can also create a siren shortcut, configure the lights to flash when the siren sounds, and update the device’s firmware.
Simple Installation and Dependable Performance
Installing the Wyze Cam Floodlight is easy, but the process requires you to work with electrical wiring. If you’re not comfortable with that, you should find someone who is or hire a pro. As always, you have to download the Wyze mobile app first and create an account to install this device.
The in-app tutorial guides you through the process. I started by turning off the circuit breaker that provides power to my existing fixture, then removed the fixture and the mounting bracket. I installed the Wyze bracket directly onto the junction box, connected the ground wire, and used the included hook to hang the Floodlight Cam on the bracket. Next, I connected the two floodlight wires to my electrical wires (black to black and white to white), secured the connections with the included wire nuts, and tucked them into the junction box. Then, I removed the hook and attached the floodlight assembly to the bracket using the included screw, adjusted the motion sensor so that it faced downward, and restored power to the circuit.
After the physical installation, I opened the app, tapped the plus button in the upper left corner of the home screen, chose Add Device, and selected Wyze Cam Floodlight in the Cameras menu. I skipped through the screens with instructions for installing the device until I got to the pairing steps. Then, I selected the camera, pressed the Setup button on the base of the camera itself, confirmed that I heard a “Ready To Connect” prompt, selected my Wi-Fi SSID, and entered my Wi-Fi password. I used the camera to scan the QR code on my phone and the app immediately recognized it. Finally, I added a name for the camera and upgraded the firmware.
Affordable and Highly Capable
The Wyze Cam Floodlight pairs an exceptionally bright, dual-lamp floodlight with an Editors’ Choice-winning security camera. Best of all, it costs far less than other smart floodlight cameras, such as the aforementioned Arlo Pro 3 as well as the $279.99 Google Nest Cam With Floodlight. We’d like the option to control the device via voice assistant, but that’s not a deal-breaker considering it costs around two-thirds less than some of the competition. For its combination of functionality and affordability, the Wyze Cam Floodlight earns our Editors’ Choice award.
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