Feature Update: Camera Light Schedules

Rollout Info: You might not see this in your app currently because it is being released slowly to all Ring users in their mobile app. We appreciate your patience as we work to get this to all our neighbors!

We are always working to bring features to better your experience with your devices. Which is why we are excited to tell you more about the new light schedule options for your Ring Floodlight Cam and Spotlight Cam. Learn more about this feature below.

New Camera Light Schedule Feature Options

Available for your Floodlight Cam, Spotlight Cam Wired, Spotlight Cam Battery, Spotlight Cam Solar, and Spotlight Cam Mount:

  • Negative Light Schedule - Schedule the times and days you want your camera’s lights to stay off. Meaning they will not turn on even when your device senses motion.
  • Light Schedule List - You can easily see all your light schedules at a glance in your lights settings in the new Device Schedules tile.

Available for your Floodlight Cam, Spotlight Cam Wired, and Spotlight Cam Mount:

  • Dusk to Dawn Schedule - Set your camera’s lights to turn off at dawn, then on at dusk. Note: The lights off at dusk portion of this feature will also work on Spotlight Cam Battery and Spotlight Cam Solar.
  • Positive Light Schedules - Schedule the times and days you want your camera’s lights to stay on.

Where to find the Light Schedule

You will see a new tile called Device Schedule on your Floodlight Cam and Spotlight Cam’s main dashboard like the one shown below. Tap that tile and follow the steps to set your light schedules. Note: You will need to set a separate schedule for each device you would like to follow a schedule.

More Details about Light Schedules

  • If you have Smart Lights they will need to be scheduled separately from your Floodlight Cam and Spotlight Cam’s.
  • The Dusk to Dawn feature offers pre-set time frame to automate your lights on and off throughout the year as lighting changes through the seasons.
  • Don’t worry, we have you covered for scheduling conflicts. The Ring app will make sure to update you when you make a new schedule if it conflicts with one you previously have set.

Thank you for adding the negative light schedule! It will come in handy when we’re in the backyard by the fire pit and don’t want the ring floodlight turning on and off every 2 minutes. It was also annoying trying to watch movies in the yard (we got creative during the pandemic) with the lights turning on and off. I’m loving all of the recent enhancements! I’ll stick with Ring forever!!

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Will we see a negative light schedule for the Par38 smart bulb? There’s no point linking this bulb to a camera for daytime use.

This is nice but is it seriously practical for spotlight battery cams you indicate it is compatible with? Having the spotlight on dusk to dawn will certainly drain the battery very quickly and perhaps even if you have the solar panel, it might not be able to restore during the day, what was drained the night before. Can you comment?

A much more needed improvement for the spotlight battery cams is to have them actually turn on the spotlight with motion at night even when you have a porchlight on! Even with light set to ON to motion, even the slightest bit of light illuminating the camera will NOT allow the spotlight to come on. This is a serious deficiency as we are losing the surprise factor of spotlight coming on at night with motion - think about a burglar approaching the property. I do believe many folks are buying the spotlight cam thinking this will indeed work as I describe, but it doesn’t. I did make this suggestion in the Suggestions forum but there were no comments.