Arlo Security Light

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Now that Arlo has been successfully spun off from dad or mum company Netgear, it has chosen this second to broaden its portfolio of sensible safety cameras with its first sensible safety mild. We've been impressed by the Arlo Q and the Arlo Professional 2, so a transfer into lighting appears like a really logical progression. The actually good news is that the sunshine works with the prevailing units and expands the performance of the entire system.  

The Arlo Security Light comes with its own wireless bridge so you need to use it independently as a light-based motion-triggered alarm system, however it could actually also immediate Arlo cameras to report when it senses an intruder. This single mild package deal may be bought for $180 (round £140, AU$250), which seems slightly costly for a sensible mild, nevertheless it features a wall bracket, battery, cables and the whole lot you must set up and is supported by a slick companion app that opens up extra features.

Packaging

Design and construct

The Security Mild is about twice the dimensions of the Arlo Pro 2 cameras, however we might nonetheless describe them as compact and the design aesthetic is identical. The graceful white plastic appears sensible and it’s waterproof to IP65 certification, so you'll be able to depart it outdoors all yr spherical. You'll be able to even buy rubber skins that cover the white plastic body which are available black, or green camouflage so that they better blend in with their background.  

Battery

The light is totally wireless and the only connection, hidden behind a rubber seal on the bottom, is the micro USB port for charging the Arlo battery. The battery is detachable and suitable with the Arlo Pro 2 safety cameras so you possibly can change them around, or cost two batteries at the similar time using the Arlo Pro Charging Station accent (obtainable individually).

Base

The mounting bracket makes use of an ordinary screw becoming, like you discover on every digital camera mount, and is product of metallic with a ball and socket joint as a way to point the light where you want it. You possibly can choose spotlight, or floodlight inside the app, so with the ability to direct the beam bodily is beneficial. 

Bridge

Additionally in the box is the Arlo Bridge which plugs immediately into a wall mains socket and connects the lights to your present Wi-Fi router. It’s slightly annoying that you must plug in yet one more wireless bridge, but the reason being as a result of the lights join by way of low power Bluetooth moderately than Wi-Fi which would burn up the battery more shortly. And if you have already got the Arlo Pro 2 cameras, you'll still have to plug on this bridge because, for some cause, the cameras use a special wireless protocol. 

LEDs

Options and specs 

This product is actually a wi-fi and waterproof LED mild with a movement sensor that switches it on, however whenever you obtain the Arlo smartphone app, you will notice that it might do rather more than a non-smart security mild. You possibly can choose between highlight and floodlight, regulate the sensitivity of the motion detection, which works up to 7 meters, set the period that the sunshine can be on after detecting movement and select how dark the ambient mild must be for the light to return on. You gained’t need to waste your battery by letting the light trigger in daylight, so you possibly can just depart on the default daybreak to dusk setting. And as a party trick, you possibly can even select the color of your beam. 

The functionality of the security mild is increased significantly should you also have the Pro 2 cameras as a result of one system might be programmed to trigger one other. For instance, if the sunshine detects movement, it will probably prompt a digital camera to start out recording in one other location, or a digital camera might set off the floodlight and thereby enhance its video quality.

The cluster of LEDs is ready to produce 400 lumens, which is brilliant, however not as vibrant as an electrical security mild.  The wi-fi vary between the light and its bridge, which may only be plugged indoors, is 30 meters, so it should reach nicely into a garden.   

Light and camera

Installation and use

Because of an intuitive companion app, establishing the Arlo Safety Mild is straightforward. The battery arrives absolutely charged, so you possibly can simply load it in, press the Sync button and use your telephone to search for it and join it with the Bridge. There’s no on/off change on the sunshine itself, so it's essential to use the app to show it on and select the best way you want it to work. From the field, the dawn/dusk setting will ensure the LEDs illuminate when motion is detected solely through the midnights. The app makes it straightforward to vary this time period and the sensitivity of the movement sensors. 

Companion app

If in case you have the Arlo Pro 2 cameras as properly, you possibly can go deeper into the app and ask one gadget to activate one other. This is barely extra difficult, but in case you are acquainted with the idea of If This Then That (IFTTT) you will soon get it. 

Mounting bracket

We have been considerably stunned and dissatisfied that the mounting brackets aren't the same because the magnetic sort used with the cameras as it might have been nice to have the ability to chop and alter their places with out having to unscrew anything. Presumably the bigger Safety Mild is just too heavy for the magnet so it comes with a metallic mounting bracket as an alternative. Arlo has even included the three screws that it is advisable fix it to the wall.  

Performance

Efficiency

The Arlo Safety Mild is a pleasure to use and to stay with, partly because it is so readily addressable by the app however mainly as a result of it integrates so properly with other Arlo units. Motion detecting lights are helpful for deterring intruders, but they’re equally helpful for illuminating your personal path or doorway and the fact that you possibly can alter the sensitivity, period and colour of the light using your smartphone places it method forward of non-networked safety lighting. 

The beam just isn't the brightest, however we discovered it vibrant sufficient and if it means charging the battery less regularly, then we expect Arlo has judged the lumens about right. Surprisingly, brightness is the one factor you can't alter by way of the app, although that isn’t actually a problem.

One thing the sunshine is especially good at is helping Arlo cameras to report greater quality footage at night time. For instance, we set the sunshine up so that it might illuminate the backyard when movement was detected, which significantly improved the element resolution of what the digital camera recorded. In one other state of affairs, the digital camera’s movement sensor within the garden could possibly be set to set off a security mild within the hallway, thereby lighting your approach once you go to see what’s happening outdoors.   

The only limitations are the brightness of the LEDs, battery life and the wireless range, as a result of the 30-meter radius is significantly lowered by partitions and different physical limitations. It relies upon how you set your system up, but the mild might final for every week, or probably a month on a single charge.

Remaining verdict

The initial value of the Arlo Security Mild seems high and that may be our largest criticism, however it's undoubtedly properly designed, properly made and useful, notably if in case you have different Arlo units. It makes a great first layer of defence by pushing aside would-be intruders and can also be handy for lighting your personal path. It’s additionally versatile in the best way you possibly can set the parameters to suit your wants, while being absolutely wi-fi makes it particularly straightforward to put in. 

A magnetic mounting bracket, as you get with the cameras, would have been good and it’s a pity it's a must to plug in one other bridge unit, however that aside, this easy design with its intuitive companion app will attraction to anyone on the lookout for primary subscription-free security and of course, anyone who already has Arlo cameras.   

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