@ Dannyboy1, The black glassy-portion of your cam (where the Blue LED can be seen when the camera is active) there are several items hidden behind this smokey plastic, which include the motion sensors and a light-sensing photocell. When there is plenty of light, determined by the photocell (in Day Mode) your camera displays in color. When the photocell does not sense a sufficient amount of light, the camera decides on its own to go into Night Mode (what you are calling IR mode), and hence the black & white IR video is displayed. You cannot control when it switches between Day or Night Modes. You said, “My driveway gets more than enough light at night …”, well apparently your camera disagrees with you and doesn’t think so. Before, I think your Indoor camera was on the border-line, very close to switching into the Night Mode, and maybe something changed (slightly moved the cam position? did one of the lights burnt out in the viewing area? did the area where the cam located get a little darker? the tolerance of the photocell changed slightly, etc?) If you can somehow brighten the viewing area a little more, or reflect more light for the photocell to ‘see’, you might be able to prevent the camera from deciding to switch into the Night Mode again?
@Dannyboy1 & Smidgeons & Velfreitas, As for the toggle positions, they DO do something, but they do not control when your camera “Decides on it’s own” to go into Night Mode. There is an IRfrared Light-Emitting Diode (IR LED) also hidden behind the black glassy-portion of your cam. The IR LED acts like a flashlight, casting additional IR light to illuminate the area in front of the camera so it can see better in the darkness. If you look closely at your cam, while it is active, you can see the red glow from it. I’ve noticed that my Indoor cams only have a single IR LED just above the Blue LED, and my Stick-Up cams have two IR LEDs near the top of the black glassy-portion, (2 for brighter IR illumunation since it can be used outdoor), and my video doorbell also has several IR LEDs for when it is in Night Mode. When you use your phone Ring App and go to the “Device Setting” of your video device, and then select “Video Settings” and use the toggle “Infrared Lights for Night Vision”, all you are doing is controlling whether the the IR LED will light or not while in Night Mode. When the camera is active, toggled ON and the IR LED will turn on, and if toggled OFF the IR LED will be inoperative. The IR LED will always be inoperative when the cam is in Daytime Mode.
Some people like aiming their Indoor cameras out a window to record outdoor activity. You’ll find that the window glass may cause the IR light to reflect back at the lens too brightly. This would be a case to toggle it OFF (and you might also even have to put a small piece of black electrical tape only over the Blue LED, since there is no way to turn off the reflected glare from that LED). Dannyboy1, you said, “My driveway gets more than enough light at night …” so I was curious to know if you are aiming your Indoor cam out a window to view your outside driveway, or did you place your Indoor cam outside (and somehow protected it from the elements)?
The Indoor Ring cameras have an additional “Color Night Vision” setting and all it does is artifically add some color to provide better contrast in low light situations. I think it works only in the Daytime Mode, when it is semi-dark but yet there is still sufficient light to keep the camera from switching into the Night Mode .
Anyways, I could be incorrect, but I don’t think so. I hope this somehow helps you.