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Ring cam installation using existing external wiring

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by indus, 3 Dec 2020.

  1. indus

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    Hi
    I have an external light run on an existing cable. I have replaced the bulb in the light with hive smart bulb. As a result I leave those light switched on from the switch and turn the bulb on and off via my smartphone

    I want to install a Ring floodlight cam. My plan was to use the same wire to power it. ie cut the wire, use juction box etc.

    Is there any reason this would not work?

    Thanks.
     
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    Edit sorry thought you was installing a ring doorbell
     
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    A Ring floodlight cam? Yes you can. I did. Two, in fact.
    Really quite straightforward to attach a junction box to take the existing cables and then connect the floodlight cam cables to that.
    Just be aware that you'll need to ensure that the location(s) is covered by you WiFi.
    I assume that you won't be keeping the Hive bulb as well, as this will no longer be necessary.
    The Ring floodlight cam's lamp can be turned on from your smartphone as well.
     
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    Hi
    My plan is to keep the hive bulb. The light that the hive bulb is in is one we keep on in the evenings as it looks nice and also allows the door number to be visible etc

    The Ring floodlight cam is obviously a high intensity security light so you wouldn't want that on for hours at a time.

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    Well presumably the lighting circuit will be able to handle two lamps. I don't know about the Hive bulb, but the Ring floodlight is LED and the camera can't take much power.
    I assume you'd connect them both to the same junction box, though if you turn off the Hive lamp you'll also turn off the Ring security camera, and Sod's Law will prove that a burglar will come along right at that time!
     
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    Your last point is what I need clarification on. The hive light would stay powered on at all time from the switch. I would turn it on and off via a phone/ipad etc.
    Are you saying that if the power switch remains on but I turn the hive off from a device then it will also kill power to the Ring?

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    No, I meant that if you turn off the Hive lamp at the switch it would turn off the Ring as well. If you can turn off the Hive lamp from your phone or computer and leave the switch turned on that would not be a problem. Obviously, you can also control the Ring floodlight cam from your phone as well.
    I never turn off the Ring floodlight cams at all. They are left on all the time.
     
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    Perfect, that's what I meant. The power switch will always remain on as, like you, I want the Ring on at all times.
    I'll just turn the hive on/off via from my phone/device.

    Have a nice weekend
     
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