Best Floodlight Cameras for Home Security

We evaluated nine floodlight cameras to find the brightest lights and best video quality.
Best overall
Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight
Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1
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    2K video resolution
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    160º field of view
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    Battery power option
Best budget
Wyze Cam Floodlight
Wyze Cam Floodlight
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1
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    1080p video resolution
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    130º field of view
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    Affordable
Best field of view
Swann Slimline Floodlight Security Camera
Swann Slimline Floodlight
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1
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    1080p video resolution
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    175º field of view
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    Strong weatherproofing
Best smart detection
Google Nest Cam with Floodlight
Google Nest Cam with Floodlight
4 out of 5 stars
4
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    1080p video resolution
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    130º field of view
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    Affordable cloud storage
Best video
Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro
Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro
3.9 out of 5 stars
3.9
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    2K video resolution
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    130º field of view
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    Pan and tilt

Motion-activated lights are great for hands-free lighting at night and surprising the roving cats of your community, but they don't bolster security beyond telling burglars someone might be  . Fortunately, you can upgrade to a floodlight with a security camera to capture all kinds of activity in your backyard.

Our top pick is the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera because it's easy to install anywhere around your property for bright nighttime lighting and video surveillance. While the floodlight cam's battery is generally a strength, we found in our testing that recharging it was tedious, so you might consider paying the dough for an optional power cable or solar panel. Read on to see how Arlo stands up to other top floodlight security cameras.


Which is the best floodlight security camera?


Compare the best floodlight security cameras

Product
Best for
Price
Floodlight brightness
Floodlight direction
Siren
Power source
Learn more
Arlo Pro 3 FloodlightArlo Pro 3 Floodlight
Best overall2,000–3,000 lumensFixed
Icon Yes  LightYes
Battery, wired, solar
Wyze Cam FloodlightWyze Cam Floodlight
Best budget2,600 lumensAdjustable
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Wired
Swann Slimline Floodlight Security CameraSwann Slimline Floodlight
Best field of view2,600 lumensAdjustable
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Wired
Google Nest Cam with FloodlightGoogle Nest Cam with Floodlight
Best smart detection2,400 lumensAdjustable
Icon No  LightNo
Wired
Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 ProEufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro
Best video3,000 lumensAdjustable
Icon Yes  LightYes
Wired

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Best floodlight camera reviews

1. Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight: Best overall

Best overall
Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight
Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight
Our Rating
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1
$249.99

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The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight is the best floodlight cam around because it comes with excellent video quality, affordable Arlo Secure cloud storage (about $3 a month), and an easy camera installation. It's easy to install because it runs on a rechargeable battery—you don't need any wiring like our other floodlight camera picks. Just attach the base to any surface with three screws, and voila.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Exceptional brightness on wired power
Pro Bullet Easy installation
Pro Bullet Attractive design
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Cons
Con Bullet Lower brightness on battery power
Con Bullet Fixed floodlight direction
Con Bullet Wired and solar power cost extra

Arlo's 160º field of view offers a wider view of your yard than most other brands. While it's not as wide as the Swann Slimline's view, Arlo's 2K video resolution achieves better-looking results on the whole.

You can achieve up to 3,000 lumens of brightness, but you need to buy a $50 cable and place it within 25 feet of an outlet. This brings the camera's cost to $300, but the brightness matches or beats most competitors. Lorex produces more light, but it lacks Arlo's video quality and cloud storage options.

Arlo has great smart home integration. You can integrate it easily with other smart devices like thermostats and smart locks. It works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, SmartThings, and IFTTT.

Arlo's LED floodlight is attractive but not adjustable, so it lights only in the direction of the camera lens. This makes sense for achieving the best video quality at night, but having the option to pivot lights to fit your yard and paths would be nice.

It's the only battery-powered floodlight camera in our top five, so it has limitations you won't find on other brands. When using the camera in battery-only mode, its floodlights top out at 2,000 lumens, which is dimmer than average but still matches the brightness of Ring's floodlight cam. It easily lit as far as 40 feet in our tests.

Overall, we think the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight offers the best option for folks wanting great video quality and easy installation. It's worth the cost. Learn more about Arlo in our full Arlo security camera review.

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How long does the Arlo floodlight battery last?

According to Arlo, the battery in the floodlight camera can last up to six months on a charge when not using the floodlight. In our experience, the battery life is around a month or two depending on how often the light turns on, how long it stays on, video clip length, and the temperature. Check out Arlo's tips for extending battery life, or consider getting an Arlo Solar Panel Charger (about $60).

2. Wyze Cam Floodlight: Best budget

Best budget
Wyze Cam Floodlight
Wyze Cam Floodlight
Our Rating
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1
$99.98

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The Wyze Cam Floodlight combines the exceptional quality and value of the Wyze Cam v3 with a floodlight mount to create the best floodlight camera for less than $100. While there are less expensive floodlight cams out there, Wyze has the best track record for reliable products on the cheap.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Best floodlight cam under $100
Pro Bullet Loud siren
Pro Bullet Option to use two cameras
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Cons
Con Bullet No microSD card included
Con Bullet Unclear installation instructions

Wyze has one of the loudest sirens on our list, topping out at a hair-raising 105 dB. This is much louder than the 90 dB we got from Arlo during testing. Combined with the 2,600-lumen outdoor floodlights, this makes for an effective way to scare potential trespassers out of your yard.

We love that the Wyze Cam Floodlight mount can power a second Wyze Cam v3. Using two cameras is a great way to double your field of view and watch over multiple parts of your yard without installing another floodlight. You can even adjust the two floodlights to point where each camera looks.

One of Wyze's biggest strengths is video storage. The Wyze Cam v3 supports microSD cards of essentially unlimited capacity—it's totally doable if you want a terabyte of local storage in your camera. (It doesn't come with a microSD card.) Plus, Wyze's cloud storage plans are some of the most affordable among home security camera brands.

We found the instructions hard to follow during the installation, and the included screws didn't have clear labels. Still, it bagged some excellent video clips in day and night conditions and shone more than enough to light half of our tester's yard.

Overall, the Wyze Cam Floodlight is an excellent value for anyone looking to save a few bucks compared to typical floodlight cameras. Head over to our Wyze Cam v3 and Wyze camera reviews to learn more.

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How much do floodlight cameras cost?

Floodlight cams cost around $180 on average—almost twice as much as a typical security camera ($100 average).

3. Swann Slimline Floodlight: Best field of view

Best field of view
Swann Slimline Floodlight Security Camera
Swann Slimline Floodlight
Our Rating
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1
$199.99

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The Swann Slimline Floodlight is one of the most striking floodlight security cameras. It immediately caught our attention with a bold design that uses transparent light panels. The panels blend into the wall behind them when the lights are off. Swann also has flashing blue and red LEDs that act as an extra warning to unwelcome visitors.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Wide 175º field of view
Pro Bullet Flashing red and blue warning lights
Pro Bullet Excellent heat and cold resistance
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Cons
Con Bullet Weak siren

Swann Slimline has the widest field of view on our list at 175º—compared to 130º on most competitors. Outdoor security cameras benefit from a wide view, though Swann's 1080p resolution can't take advantage of the wide view like Arlo's 2K video can. Still, Swann's video looks good, and it's a better option for local video storage than Arlo. (It even comes with a 32 GB microSD card.)

Excellent weather resistance is another notch in Swann's belt. Because it's a wired camera, it's not as susceptible to cold temperatures as the battery-powered Arlo. It can handle temperatures from -22º F to 131º F, making it one of the most durable floodlight cameras around. Lorex is the only floodlight camera with better weatherproofing, but it barely misses our top five by skipping cloud video storage.

The siren in the Swann Slimline is weaker than other floodlight cameras we looked at. It puts out around 75 dB, which is as loud as a vacuum cleaner.

Swann's cloud storage plans are similar to Arlo's in price and features, but there's no option for e911 or smoke alarm detection. Still, Swann offers a free storage plan that keeps clips for up to a day.

Overall, the Swann Slimline is a great option for a low-profile floodlight security camera. It doesn't draw attention until it lights up, and we think that's a good thing. Check out our Swann cameras review to learn more about this brand.

4. Google Nest Cam with Floodlight: Best smart detection

Best smart detection
Google Nest Cam with Floodlight
Google Nest Cam with Floodlight
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
$279.99

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The Google Nest Cam with Floodlight uses the game-changing smart detection of the Nest Cam (Battery) to spot people, vehicles, and animals without sending a flurry of notifications every time there's motion in your yard. Unlike most security camera brands, Google doesn't require a subscription fee to use these features.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Unrivaled smart motion detection
Pro Bullet Affordable cloud storage
Pro Bullet Camera has rechargeable battery
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Cons
Con Bullet Expensive
Con Bullet No siren

Google's floodlight camera produces a healthy 2,400 lumens of brightness. While this is lower than other cams in our top five, it's still more potent than the 2,000-lumen limit Arlo has when running on battery power. Plus, you can adjust the security floodlight to light vital areas in your yard.

Nest Aware cloud storage is the best deal among security cameras. While the $6 monthly fee is twice the price of other starter plans, Google covers unlimited cameras. To put this in perspective, Arlo and Ring offer unlimited camera plans for $10 a month, making them 67% more expensive.

This floodlight camera technically has a battery, but it's only enough to keep the camera running and doesn't power the floodlights. Like other battery-powered cameras, it won't charge in freezing temperatures. Still, it's nice to have a backup option if the power goes out.

Nest is one of three floodlight cameras without a siren we found. This means you'll need to use the camera's two-way audio for sound-based deterrence. Plus, $280 is a lot to ask for a security floodlight cam—but at least there aren't any pricey accessories.

Overall, the Google Nest Cam with Floodlight is an excellent choice if you want a camera smart enough to cut down on notification noise.

Learn more about the camera at the heart of this floodlight in our full Nest cameras review.

5. Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro: Best video

Best video
Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro
Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro
Our Rating
3.9 out of 5 stars
3.9
$299.99

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The Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro is the most advanced (and most expensive) floodlight camera on our list. It's the only model with full pan-tilt functionality so you can remotely point the lens anywhere in your backyard. It can even track people moving through the yard.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Excellent 1920p video resolution
Pro Bullet 3 bright, highly-customizable floodlights
Pro Bullet Pan-tilt functionality
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Cons
Con Bullet Expensive
Con Bullet Built-in video storage not expandable
Con Bullet No cloud storage option

This Eufy floodlight camera consistently produces superior video quality to our other top picks. (Part of this is thanks to a 1920p resolution.) Our tester noted that clothing details and facial features remained clear far from the camera in daytime and nighttime lighting. (And its loud siren displeased the cat.)

We're big fans of the three LED floodlights on this camera, which clock in at an impressive 3,000 lumens. Not only can you adjust the overall tilt to point toward the ground, but the side panels also move to spread light around your yard.

You can also adjust the color temperature of the LEDs from warm to cool light. This makes Eufy more useful as a general purpose floodlight. Choose a cool temperature for improved visibility in security footage or a warm temperature for cozy light at your next patio party. Other floodlights produce only a single light color (generally at a cooler temperature), so they're less flexible.

A fancy camera like this isn't cheap. While $300 isn't bad considering the pan-tilt can cut the number of cameras you need, it's enough to put a sizable dent in most budgets.

There are just 8 GB of built-in storage, and it isn't expandable. We didn't come close to filling it up during a couple of months of testing in a backyard setting, but it won't last long in busier areas. Plus, Eufy's cloud storage doesn't cover this camera, so don't wait to save important videos to your phone.

Overall, the Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro is a feature-packed option for folks wanting excellent lighting options and stellar video quality. It's expensive, but not overly so.

Learn more in our Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro review and Eufy cameras review.

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Eufy Floodlight Cam 2

The Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 (about $220) is a more traditional floodlight camera if you want a more affordable option without the Pro's pan-tilt functions or advanced lighting options.

More floodlight cameras we considered

Lorex 1080p Wi-Fi Floodlight Camera

The Lorex 1080p Wi-Fi Floodlight Camera (about $180) is the brightest product we found during our research. Its 4,000-lumen lights are brighter than those of Eufy and Arlo. It's also an exceptionally durable camera with a cold-weather rating as low as -40º F and a hot-weather rating up to 140º F.

Lorex barely missed our top five because Eufy's advanced features are much more compelling. Still, it's one of the best floodlight cameras around. It has great local storage and comes with a microSD card but no cloud storage.

Learn more about this brand in our Lorex cameras review.

Amcrest SmartHome Outdoor Security Camera with Floodlight

The Amcrest SmartHome Outdoor Security Camera with Floodlight (about $160) is another great alternative to our top five. Its best features are a 16x digital zoom and 110 dB siren that outperform every other brand on our list. We also like that it supports local video storage, though it doesn't include a microSD card like Swann and Lorex.

Still, a few things are holding Amcrest back from greatness: a relatively narrow 114º field of view, cloud storage plans with uncompetitive pricing, and floodlights that max out at 2,000 lumens.

Learn more in our Amcrest cameras review.

Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus

The Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus (about $180) is a nice option for folks who already have a Ring video doorbell or security camera. We like its 140º field of view, plug-in power upgrade option, and 105º siren that rivals Wyze.

Still, the floodlights have a maximum brightness of 2,000 lumens, making Ring less powerful than almost every competitor. And while Ring's cloud storage is one of the best options on the market, its lack of local storage keeps it out of the top rankings.

Learn more in our Ring Floodlight camera review.

Blink Floodlight Camera

The Blink Floodlight Camera (about $140) is an accessory mount for the Blink Outdoor security camera. We like that it's affordable, but the 700-lumen floodlight is much weaker than rival brands. Granted, it's still brighter than a typical spotlight camera but dimmer than a typical 60-watt-equivalent LED light bulb.

For a product released in 2021, it makes a bewildering battery choice. The floodlight runs on four D-Cell batteries—and two AAs in the camera—that you must replace when they die. Unlike Arlo, you can't charge the batteries with a cord or solar panel.

Learn more about this brand in our Blink cameras review.

Final word

The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight tops our list as the best floodlight security camera. Its easy installation makes it more accessible to anyone who's not an electrician—and Arlo's video quality is among the best in the business. The battery isn't a perfect alternative to a wired floodlight, but we think it's generally worth the trade-off.

If a floodlight camera seems too excessive for your yard, most outdoor security cameras offer excellent nighttime performance, including infrared night vision. Head over to our review of the best wireless cameras to see our favorites.

FAQ

What is the difference between a spotlight cam and a floodlight cam?

The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight tops our list as the best floodlight security camera. Its easy installation makes it more accessible to anyone who's not an electrician—and Arlo's video quality is among the best in the business. The battery isn't a perfect alternative to a wired floodlight, but we think it's generally worth the trade-off.

If a floodlight camera seems too excessive for your yard, most outdoor security cameras offer excellent nighttime performance, including infrared night vision. Head over to our review of the best wireless cameras to see our favorites.

Is there a wireless floodlight camera?

Based on our research, the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera and Blink Floodlight Camera are the only battery-powered floodlight cameras on the market. Between these two, Arlo is our top pick for floodlight cams, while Blink's weak brightness isn't much better than a typical spotlight camera.

In general, we recommend using a wired floodlight camera when possible (even with Arlo) since you'll have better performance and brightness overall. You should reserve battery-powered floodlight cameras for locations without power options like a shed. Every security floodlight camera on our list uses Wi-Fi for a wireless internet connection.

How we reviewed floodlight cameras

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera on tripod outdoors 3

Photo credit: John Carlsen, SafeWise

We considered 19 floodlight cameras from 15 brands before narrowing our final list down to 9 cameras. We tested four of the cameras we feature on this page—most of our top picks. The Swann Slimline was the only top pick we didn't test since we discovered it late into our research.

As with our other camera tests, we based star ratings on the price, resolution, field of view, and overall features. Because of the lighting-centric design of these cameras, we also looked at brightness to see how well the cameras hold up at night. Learn how we review and rank products in our full methodology.

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John Carlsen
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John Carlsen
John is a technology journalist specializing in smart home devices, security cameras, and home security systems. He has over nine years of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech—he was the Smart Home Editor for Top Ten Reviews and wrote for ASecureLife before joining SafeWise as a Staff Writer in 2020. John holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism emphasis from Utah Valley University. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, and starting countless DIY projects he has yet to complete.

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