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Whats The General Rule For Mounting Cameras Near Floodlights Or Other Lights

I was wondering what the best setup for wiring up security cameras that are near outside lights.

Are there any distance precautions or should the camera be mounted above or below for best results

and are you best off with bullet cameras vs dome cameras

also if there is a motion how does the camera react when the flood comes on night vision vs standard lighting

I am in the process of upgrading some of my outside lighting and thinking of installing a couple floodlights up higher and maybe on their own circuits vs just the head level decorative lights. Its all choices I guess. and it will depend on the difficulty of wiring a couple locations.

Also thinking of upgrading a couple of the cameras so its a good time to think about new locations maybe

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12 Thoughts to “Whats The General Rule For Mounting Cameras Near Floodlights Or Other Lights”

  1. Nexustar

    Couple of perspectives:

    Photographer: You can read shape detail better if there is a wider angle between the light source and the camera – those shadows help us see shape and texture that a direct head-on light will wash out (think direct flash vs bounce flash).

    Security camera experience: Moths and other bugs are attracted to bright lights, and them flying around in front of your camera can cause unwanted alarm triggers. Spiders also seem to know this is a good place to catch bugs, and can build webs across your camera’s field of view.

    Summary: Avoid putting the camera too close to the light.

    1. ZippyTheChicken

      >Moths and other bugs are attracted to bright lights

      good advice there

  2. PlNG

    Depending on how much heat the flood gives off, the camera may be better off below or to the side.

    The camera might switch from IR to normal vision when the flood comes on, depending on the model.

    1. ZippyTheChicken

      I don’t think heat will be an issue I was looking at these 1000-1500 lumens LED lights and they can give off some heat but i think the camera will be mounted under it.

      triggering the day vision is something though and the delay in doing that

      something like this maybe

      1. ChickenPotPi

        I have a lot of hikvision camers and led security lighting that go from either 2200 lumen to 3400 lumen. It does trigger when I have all the security lights on to turn daytime vision.

        If you are doing motion sensor camera I would advise you to think maybe do separate IR lighting as the bugs trigger the motion sensor during the warmer months.

  3. zw9491

    Camera shouldn’t be able to see the light itself (fine if sees an opaque top/side or something) so that it doesn’t mess up the range of the image. You don’t want the bright light in the image causing the rest of the image to be way darker than it should be. Seems to work better if light is diffused over the entire viewable area (compared to a flood light hitting half the image) too to avoid hotspots as well.

    Motion floods could cause the image to go into daylight mode if the image is illuminated enough which usually triggers video motion detection. Might take a second for it to adjust too.

    I like domes for aesthetic reasons (and not as obvious what it’s looking at), but bullets work better unless you can put the dome under the eve. Exposed domes get water drops on the dome and mess up the image. Also bullet eliminates IR reflection issues, but proper dome installation should also eliminate that.

    1. ZippyTheChicken

      I have seen some floodlights that are IR floodlights too
      can’t remember where but they put off the light that can’t be seen by naked eyes but illuminate the area.. they have like 3 heads 2 are regular and one is IR.

      I was thinking that bullets have the glare shield on them sometimes which might help over a dome.. water drops on a dome is important to consider .. mount them under a porch is ok but not right out there in the weather.

      Day to Night is a big thing with Motion Spots and are the spots just enough to trigger it but maybe not better than the night vision for picking up the intruder.

      one of my cameras has a view of the driveway but a new spot i was looking at will fill up the driveway and surrounding area… still not sure how I am going to accomplish this if i decide to move the camera under the spot.. problem is Vinyl Siding isn’t forgiving .. you mount something and its mounted.

      thanks for the thoughts.

      1. ChickenPotPi

        I find bullets have less issues than domes for spotting and water drops

        The glare doesn’t really matter, my hikvision adjusts rather quick.

        weirdly if you want to save money in not buying IR floodlights specifically, you can guy an older security light and put halogen or regular light bulbs. I have LED versions and they are just pure light. Neighbor has a regular 60 watt light but it does not turn daytime on but everything is clear and visible on night mode. Incandescent bulbs produce a lot of IR light.

  4. infinitevalence

    Rule #1 place the light behind the Camera’s field of view.

    That’s really it, as long as the light is behind the camera everything should work normally.

    1. ZippyTheChicken

      cool not sure that is possible in every situation but its good to think about

  5. Pegg10

    Let me sum up in another way what I know as a photographer.

    Most of the cameras homeowners buy cannot handle the high contrast between bright light and no light (their compensation mechanism isn’t good).

    That said, use the light to your advantage (behind or beside), and think about whether or not you even need to use infrared in that case. (in some cameras the IR is not great, and you can see more without it). PoE cameras are generally better (clarity) than wifi, but wifi may be a better idea in some locations.

    All that said; next, think about blinding by headlights, or reflections, or sunlight as well. (Heat from sunlight can kill a camera over time).

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