Ring Smart Lights provide added security for your home and surrounding area. They are available with rechargeable solar and replaceable Alkaline battery options. Everyone’s home faces different outdoor elements and requires certain considerations when determining the best Smart Light for your home. The information below will help you determine which Smart Light option might be right for the different areas around your home.
What is the difference between Solar Smart Lights and Battery Smart Lights?
What should be consider for the install location for each power type?
How cold does it get in your area?
Cold temperatures can have an effect on all kinds of batteries which will make a difference for the experience you want with your Smart Lights. Both Smart Lights Solar and Smart Lights Battery see similar performance in lower temperatures. Both versions will usually run smoothly until the temperatures are -4°F (-20°C) which is when your batteries may begin to drain faster.
How often are your Smart Lights on?
The amount of time your Smart Lights are on has the most impact on your Smart Light’s battery life.
What settings do I need to consider for extending the battery life of my Solar Smart Light and Battery Smart Lights?
The bullet points below include helpful tips for both your Smart Lights Solar and Smart Lights Battery. However, it is important to note that with Smart Lights Solar, your battery can be extended longer when installed in optimal areas (i.e. direct sunlight).
How fast are your wifi speeds?
Having a strong wifi signal to your Smart Lights Bridge is important for a fast reaction time between your Ring app and Smart Lights. No matter which Smart Lights option you choose, Battery or Solar, your wifi should be at least 1MB upload and download speed for the Bridge. Learn more in this Community article.
Do I need a Bridge no matter which option I choose?
Yes, you need to have a Ring Bridge to connect any Ring Smart Light option with the Ring app. Learn more about how the Bridge works in this Community article.