Floodlight cam on smart switch

Is there a way to replace a regular light switch that powers a flood cam, with a smart switch? I have tried 2 different smart switch’s and the floodlight/camera will not start. When I put a regular switch back in, it works fine.
My wife has a tendency to shut off the floodlight/camera in the early a.m. and forgets to turn it back on. With a smart switch, I would be able to turn it back on from anywhere.