Issue: My flood light and spot light cam when detecting motion turn their lights on when still light outside. This causes unwanted attention and seems unnesscary.
Proposal: The floodlight’s / spotlight’s camera is used to measure the amount of light or lack thereof (i.e., there is no traditional photocell per se). I see no reason why you couldn’t specify (through the Ring app) what level of light (as measured by the camera) constitutes day and night. i.e. a local calibration?
I’m wondering if Ring couldn’t support a “more intelligent” notion of “dusk” and “dawn”. Of course, dusk occurs after sunset. Dawn occurs before sunrise. Sunset and sunrise times are different every day and vary based on your location. However, sunset and sunrise times would be easily accessible by the Ring cloud service (based on your location). You could define dusk and dawn using the Ring app by defining the delta (in minutes with a default of say, 70 minutes) with respect to sunset and sunrise, respectively.
In simple terms, you could say I want my lights to start coming on at dusk and stop coming on at dawn (i.e., dusk-to-dawn).
However, you could define dusk to be later in the evening (relative to sunset) in order to ensure it’s more dark outside before lights start coming on. Someone else may want their lights to start coming on earlier.
To reemphasize, this would’t be a function of your floodlight’s / spotlight’s camera. And it’s not a simple Light Schedule. It’s based on an accurate, real-time definition of sunrise and sunset. Note: All of your floodlights / spotlights would start / stop coming on at the exact same times, regardless of the direction they’re facing (North, South, East or West), whether they’re mounted in direct sunlight or shade, …