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Motion lights by cameras?

Is it ok to mount motion lights next to or in the view of cameras or does it interfere with the image? Sorry if this has been asked before I couldn’t find anything in search.

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  1. Kv603

    Fine to mount motion lights next to cameras.

    Don’t mount a motion light where it’s shining directly into the camera — it will throw off gain control, so at night the camera won’t give a good image while the light is on.

    1. killthedumbmonkey

      I was thinking of putting a camera up on the house facing the shed and a motion light on the shed itself. If they’re kind of facing toward each other but far away does this affect that?

      Also if there’s a better set up than that I’m open to critique. First time home owner so I’m really paranoid on security but don’t know what I’m doing. Haha

      1. Kv603

        Assuming the light on the shed is far away, and the bulb isn’t aimed directly at the camera, shouldn’t be a problem.

      2. Pegg10

        What KV603 said is right–the camera will be blinded if facing a light source.

        Also in my own situation, I have a floodlight under a small deck on the back of a townhouse. The way my home is recessed causes the light to be “boxed in”, and the contrast between the light and the darkness beyond is too much for any security camera I’ve tried.

        So, to lessen your disappointment later, expect the light to create this effect, and you may want to consider another camera in another location. Watch carefully where you point the motion light–expect that you may have to move the camera, OR get another one. Expect the light coming on to cause the camera to react (may set off it’s alarm, depending on the camera). You might have to adjust the light downwards (does it bother the neighbors?)

        Little things can make a big difference, especially at night.

        Everyone’s needs are different: I really needed a camera with excellent night vision. There is a vast difference in this area, BTW, and I learned the hard way.

        Side by side placement for lights and cameras is good; people are blinded by the light and can’t see the camera that way. You may not have that option.

        I set up my cameras, and “sneak up” on them and the lights. How close can I get before they “get” me? I have one, rather expensive decorative motion sensing light that is set to some distance away, and it gets me sometimes, and then again, sometimes it doesn’t. Frustrating, but it’s not my only light, so I live with it. Sometimes I just set it from dusk to dawn, (which is a better option for me right now with people cruising through the neighborhood looking to create problems).

        I would put your setup in place temporarily (one screw to hold it), and check it out over several days.

        Once you put up your systsem, you are going to learn a lot in that small space of time–how the camera and lights work, and what they react to. Expect this, and expect to be making incremental adjustments.

        I bought an expensive setup thinking I was upgrading the house for improvement/resale value; (I’m an amatuer photographer), TBH I was never really happy with it; tweaked, and tried, and put up another light, another of the same type camera, and still was not happy. I was really wondering what my problem was, this product was so widely hyped. I thought it had to be me. The night vision just stunk, IMO. The connectivity was iffy at best. The light it put out…. was…. just….not enough. My gut kept telling me I could do better.

        Finally, I was watching YouTube (LifeHackster), and I learned about other (cheaper) security cameras with good night vision. I got one of each kind on sale, and in one night I knew what I was missing. Now, I’ve taken my expensive ones down, and replaced them with the smaller, cheaper, but better (at night when I really need them [they’re all good during the daylight]).

        I am happy, and I can tell you feel safer, because I can see what I want to see very clearly at night. The ones I bought are portable as well.

        I’ve had security cameras of all kinds over the years. I thought I knew what I wanted. It took me a couple of tries (and some $$$) to sort it out.

        I would venture to say many people here have had similar experiences.

        You won’t know all this until you try them out. Don’t be hard on yourself for not knowing this all upfront.

        1. rusty1606

          What kind of cameras are you running now. Im hoping to learn from your mistake.

          1. Pegg10

            I had the Ring Floodlight, and the Ring Spotlight. These are large cameras with big footprints. They got noticed, and not in a good way, even though they looked fine (neighbors and HOA had no problems).

            I went with the Yi outdoor bullet (the indoor cameras have the same lens), and the Reolink Argus 2 (the other Argus’ don’t have the Starlight night vision).

            I am enthralled with the night vision of the Argus 2 [with a bit of ambient lighting, it’s like darkened daylight]. I can see everything I want to see, and they are easily moved around. (now you see them, now you don’t)

            The Yi’s require AC power (USB plugs, like a phone). You can get USB extensions (put them in an outdoor plug connector).

            The Argus2 and the Pro (The Pro has no magnetic mount, no Starlight vision, but it’s cheaper), can be recharged, and solar powered (micro B usb port).

            I still have the Ring Doorbell (my original doorbell is covered by my storm door, but… overall… meh), and two solar powered Ring stick up cams. These are good during the day (720p), and let people know “I have cameras”. At night, they are all just abymsmal.

            Some people are using the indoor pan tilt(pt) Yi’s under a porch or covered location for their outdoor cams. (see Mark Her on You Tube). I have tried them outdoors in good weather, and having Pand and Tilt with good night vision outdoors is a real plus.

            Not everybody has the same experiences with these cameras: See the Lifehackster channel for the full rundown on all these cameras.

            Wifi works for me better than PoE, but your experience may vary. PoE can definitely provide more clarity, but wifi is catching up.

            Congratulations on your first home, and the best of luck and safety.

  2. Chemical_Suit

    Mine is along side. Works great.

  3. m502859

    Many lights in night vision mode can be slow to adjust when bright lights suddenly come on. Your picture may be washed out for a second or so.

    1. killthedumbmonkey

      Better not to do it then?

      1. Zeomax

        You can do it, as long as you are not shining the light directly. The delay for the camera to adjust to the light will be only a couple of seconds, 5 seconds max is the slowest I’ve seen.

  4. From what I’ve seen the sudden contrast change will white the image out as the camera adjusts to the new contrast, so if someone turns tail and runs immediately it would probably ruin getting a good look at them (but so would not having a light).

    I’d only use motion sensor lights as a deterrent, and use steady light for feature recognition.

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