Ring Lights review: smart, wireless home security lights

By reviews / 17. May 2020

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A well lit home exterior is a safer home. Yes, good lighting can help keep your home secure, as it provides less hiding spots for bad guys to do their work. Plus, for you design lovers out there, good lighting can really show off your home. The ability to improve my home’s looks and the safety factor with outdoor lighting was just one of the reasons I was glad to test out and review new Ring Lighting. I got a Ring Pathlight stake light, Ring Steplight, Ring Spotlight, Ring Motion Sensor and the required Ring Bridge To try in my yard, and here’s what I found.

You might already know Ring as makers of video doorbells (read Ring Video Doorbell Review here) and wireless home security cameras (Ring Stick Up cam review), and of the Ring Alarm system I also reviewed. I’ve long liked Ring’s products because they’re easy to set up and use, the battery life is great, and it gives me easy smartphone control over my home with high quality video and responsive smart technology.

The Ring Lights are fully wireless home security lights with smartphone control, removable batteries and motion detection built in so they can turn on when movement is detected, and they can be linked to Ring cameras so they can record what’s happening.

Getting Ring Lighting set up

If this is your first foray into Ring products, you’ll need to download the Ring app. If you already have the app and use it with gadgets like the Ring Video Doorbell or Ring Stick Up Cam, you’ll be familiar with this process.

You need the Ring Bridge too for these lights to work. I found it odd that there’s a Bridge required, since manufacturers are starting to move away from this kind of extra technology, and building connectivity right into their lights and gadgets, but I digress. You’ll need the Bridge to act as your connection between the Ring Lights and your home’s Wi-Fi network.

Right off the hop I also found it odd that the Ring Lights use regular batteries; AA, and C-cell, depending on the light. I’m already wondering how long these will last… Ring’s cameras and Doorbells use a rechargeable Li-Ion ?? Battery which is easy to install and remove and requires recharging only about every three to four months. (A solar panel is also available for cameras and you can hard wire the Doorbell too).

Ok, so you’ve got the app downloaded and batteries in.

Next, plug in the Ring Bridge and wait for the blue light to start flashing. When it does go into the Ring app and choose ‘Set up a device’ from the hamburger menu on the top left. You’ll choose the option for Smart Lighiting, and then scan the QR code on the back of your Bridge. Then you should be asked to select your home’s Wi-Fi network. The Ring Bridge should connect to your home’s Wi-Fi and during this time, you’ll see the lights flash different colours like red and green. After a minute or so you should get a set up is complete message.

Apple iPhone bug in Ring Light set up?

It’s worth noting I tried initially to set this up using my Apple iPhone XS Max, and couldn’t complete it. I’d keep getting a failure message. I tried probably a dozen times before calling Ring for support.

I’ll says this; Ring’s customer support is great; they’re friendly and helpful. After troubleshooting a few things, the rep had me try set up using my Android Google Pixel 3a phone. Bingo!

I’m not sure why the Apple set up didn’t work for me, but I trust Ring will be working to fix it. Interestingly, I could use the lights just fine in the iPhone app after they were set up using Android, so bottom line, if you encounter this problem and can use another phone to get them set up, do that, and then you’re fine to revert back to Apple for control.

Different Ring Light options

I Installed the Ring Pathway Light in my backyard to illuminate the walkway from my detached garage to the house; the light from the Pathway Light casts a 360 degree glow. The Spotlight I installed in a tree above our driveway to light up our van in the even someone gets too close at night. The StepLight watches over our stairs and casts a downwards-facing light.

The Pathway Light is big and can be pretty bright. It’s a lot more powerful than those silly solar stake lights and the lighting area is pretty good and wide for a stake light. I love the Spotlight; it’s bright and casts a wide glow over the driveway that I feel will be bright enough to scare off any prowlers.

Overall I can definitely recommend Ring Lights as a way to add designer light and to increase your home security.

Here’s the prices:
Ring Bridge: about $70CAD
Ring Spotlight: about $54CAD
Ring Steplight: about $34CAD
Ring Pathlight: about $39CAD
Ring Motion Sensor: about $34CAD

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