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How Floodlight Cam Lights are Triggered vs. the Camera

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Lights - The Floodlight Cam uses passive infrared (PIR) sensors and a camera for motion detection to know when to turn on your lights. These types of sensors are used so the device can catch motion when it is dark outside and turn on the lights. The lights cover a 270° field-of-view in front of the device.

 

Camera - The Floodlight Cam uses advanced motion detection to know when to begin recording. Your camera will take an initial “snapshot” of the motion zones you draw. Then if there is a change in color or dimension in the selected zones it will alert you of motion. The camera lens covers a 140° field-of-view in front of the device.

 

Camera and Light Combined - The PIR motion sensors cover a larger area in front of your device than the cameras advanced motion detection. This means it is possible for something to trigger your light but not be inside the motion zones you have drawn. Therefore, it will not alert you of motion or record anything because the camera will only record when something triggers the advanced motion technology. 

 

Note: If your lights are pointed toward a reflective surface or enclosed environment (e.g. a wall is close to the right side of the light) they can cause a motion alert when turning on. This is because the lights are so bright that when turned on it can be an abrupt change identified as motion by the advanced motion detection. 

 

Check out this video to learn more about customizing your Floodlight Cam settings.