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Topic # 236467 4-Jun-2018 10:11
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I recently purchased the Ring Floodlight, with a view to replacing an existing old security sensor light mounted to the soffit of my roof.



I enlisted the help of an electrician, who could not find the IP waterproof rating on the unit, and therefore recommended against installing it - which is advice I took.



If it were to be mounted, it would be using the rubber seal, which has a gap to allow water to escape (the 'Down' area on it) does this match up with his advice?



It looks like the only option I have is now selling the unit on trademe, as is unused...

I'll post an image of the light it was to replace shortly.

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  Reply # 2028176 4-Jun-2018 10:46
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Have you contacted the supplier for clarification on it's weather tightness?

 

The Ring website lists the Ring Cam Floodlight as "weather resistant".


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  Reply # 2028178 4-Jun-2018 10:48
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Was it purchased in NZ?




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  Reply # 2028186 4-Jun-2018 11:11
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  Reply # 2028189 4-Jun-2018 11:29
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majiktripp: Hi All,

I recently purchased the Ring Floodlight, with a view to replacing an existing old security sensor light mounted to the soffit of my roof.

I enlisted the help of an electrician, who could not find the IP waterproof rating on the unit, and therefore recommended against installing it - which is advice I took.

If it were to be mounted, it would be using the rubber seal, which has a gap to allow water to escape (the 'Down' area on it) does this match up with his advice?

It looks like the only option I have is now selling the unit on trademe, as is unused...

I'll post an image of the light it was to replace shortly.

 

-Where did you purchase it from?

 

-I agree with the sparky, did it come with a SDOC?

 

-What rubber seal, what gap, what down area? picture?

 

-return it for a refund! or bin it

 

-why not install a proper security camera and some decent sensor lights or sensors?


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  Reply # 2028191 4-Jun-2018 11:40
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"why not install a proper security camera and some decent sensor lights or sensors?"

 

Wouldn't the Ring Floodlight Cam satisfy all these requirements?


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  Reply # 2028200 4-Jun-2018 12:19
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it isnt IP rated though so i would imagine it doesnt meet the terms of proper that were used



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  Reply # 2028204 4-Jun-2018 12:29
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Image showing rubber seal with water 'outlet' at the bottom (for when mounted vertically on a wall);

 

Click to see full size

 

Image showing 'outlet' on a mounted floodlight;

 

Click to see full size

 

Light I was intending to replace - see top of image;

 

Click to see full size

 

Unit was bought from Dick Smith (Kogan) from Australia, but freely available for purchase here in NZ from Harvey Norman and Noel Leeming;

 

https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/computers-tablets/smart-home/cameras-detection/ring-8sf1p7-wau0-floodlight-cam-white/prod195373.html

 

 


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  Reply # 2029323 4-Jun-2018 16:40
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that seal doesn't look the greatest at all, and that pic with wire-nuts is a put off!

 

it looks like the base plate has the seal around it and that's meant to seal the base plate against the wall and then the unit on top of that?

 

doesn't look very well designed to me. and def not ip rated with that design.

 

from that last pic it would probably be fine under the soffit, but personally i wouldn't want to use that thing it looks like it might last until the first real windy storm then it will die

 

wheres the SDOC? that should have more information on it


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  Reply # 2029364 4-Jun-2018 18:25
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Looks like its meant to go over a round US junction box from those pics, not screw onto a flat surface.

 

Is there anything else provided with a locally bought one? Like the $10 sensor lights come with another piece of plastic that it screws to.





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  Reply # 2029366 4-Jun-2018 18:34
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  Reply # 2029368 4-Jun-2018 18:38
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richms:

 

Looks like its meant to go over a round US junction box from those pics, not screw onto a flat surface.

 

Is there anything else provided with a locally bought one? Like the $10 sensor lights come with another piece of plastic that it screws to.

 

 

I was just reading the manual and FAQ out of interest. The junction box is only required in the US to comply with electrical regulations (the installation manual mentions this).

 

The FAQ makes it clear installing it how the OP wants is not supported - the unit is only designed to be wall mounted.

 

 

 

https://support.ring.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001522906-Floodlight-Cam-FAQ

 

Can I install Floodlight Cam upside-down or horizontally?

 

No. Floodlight Cam is designed for wall-mounted installation only.


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  Reply # 2029442 4-Jun-2018 20:39
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freitasm:

 

Have you checked the installation instructions here? It does show an installation with a box, which is optional - your electrician would have mentioned it?

 

 

You know people at this ring place?

 

see if you can get a SDOC for this thing, because i wouldnt install it if it doesnt have a proper base or no SDOC and is designed for the american market.


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  Reply # 2030422 6-Jun-2018 05:40
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Thanks for all the responses everyone, and the section from the FAQ - I had not seen the that...

Given I had seen several videos on YouTube about people mounting it the way I was intending, albeit in the US, I assumed (I know, I know...) that it would work fine in that configuration here.

Oh well, I'll see if I can return to DSE otherwise it's destined for TradeMe.

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  Reply # 2036461 14-Jun-2018 11:59
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Here is what I got from Ring:

 

 

The official IP ratings are IPX5 for Spotlight Cam Battery and IPX6 for Floodlight/Spotlight Cam Wired.

 





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