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Can The Nest Floodlight Camera be mounted underneath an eave?

AJdarkfire
Community Member

I managed to grab a Nest Floodlight from Best Buy. I was curious as if this was able to be mounted underneath an eave?

 

It seems like,
A.) Its just a regular flood light with a Battery Camera hooked up.

B.) Cord to plug into camera looks super short so if I wanted to somehow mount it underneath an eave, it'd be impossible to do so.

C.) Motion sensor is stationary and it doesn't look like this will be able to be mounted underneath an eave...

 

I just need a straight answer so I can finally decide if I want to switch over to Ring. I have all Nest Products at home, and if I can't use this I might as well switch and take my $ elsewhere since we can't accommodate all homes. Will there be a way to mount this under an eave?

Doesnt seem like Ring has this problem with their Floodlights. Sad really.

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Brad
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey everyone, sorry about the delay.

 

Nest Cam with floodlight is only designed to be installed on vertical surfaces like a wall. It is not designed to be installed on horizontal surfaces because the downward facing angle would reduce the floodlight’s functionality by limiting the field of view of the PIR motion sensor (which triggers the floodlight when motion is detected). Hope this helps and we've also shared your feedback with our team.

 

Best Regards,

Brad. 

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eisenb11
Community Member

You mean so it's hanging down? After watching the installation video, I think there is a drain hole in the base that may not work correctly if it's positioned wrong. Otherwise, I don't see why it wouldn't work although after playing with mine in my garage (not installing it for a couple of days) there is a limit to how much you can position the camera so you'll want to make sure that's within what you're trying to do too.

BG
Silver Product Expert
Silver Product Expert

I just installed mine under the eave. You would think that Google would promote this in some video or at least mention it being that 90% of all floodlights are mounted under an eave, but these are the things I simply don't understand about Google. Anyway, it installs fine, but the video will be upside down. Fortunately, there is a setting that flips the image 180 degrees.

PineTarJunkie
Community Member

Any concern with the water drainage with it in the vertical position under the eaves?

BG
Silver Product Expert
Silver Product Expert

I don't think there will be a problem. It is the only option I have. It is pretty well sealed, and even the power cable to the camera is magnetically attached (doesn't really plug in). It may not be "legal" to install this way, but this is just the way I did it. I cant believe Google's R&D department didn't take in account this situation.

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Brad
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey everyone, sorry about the delay.

 

Nest Cam with floodlight is only designed to be installed on vertical surfaces like a wall. It is not designed to be installed on horizontal surfaces because the downward facing angle would reduce the floodlight’s functionality by limiting the field of view of the PIR motion sensor (which triggers the floodlight when motion is detected). Hope this helps and we've also shared your feedback with our team.

 

Best Regards,

Brad. 

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BG
Silver Product Expert
Silver Product Expert

Wish Google had clarified that from the beginning before I wasted $300, but they advertised that it would replace your existing floodlights. I can't believe they never thought of that.  At least they could have created and sold a plastic ceiling plate with an angled base to attach the flood. Imagine how many people will not buy them now lol.

PineTarJunkie
Community Member

I chatted with customer service and they said it would work fine as a vertical install. Who is correct here?

Brad
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

@PineTarJunkie

 

I can confirm that my information came straight from Google leadership. So my response is correct, and should be followed. Thank you for your patience.

 

Best Regards,

Brad.

I'm sure it can be mounted vertically just fine but you'll run into a few issues. Camera will be upside down. You can go into the home app and flip the orientation of the camera. Problem here is that the motion sensor on the camera itself will also not be pointing in a optimal direction and unfortunately we cant flip the camera around due to the incredibly short charging cord. If they ever came out with an extension cord, I could totally see somebody modding and hiding wires so you could flip the camera and orient it correctly. Another problem is that the motion sensor on the Floodlight itself would also be facing the wrong direction and would not trigger the floodlight very efficiently. So while this theoretically could be mounted just fine, you might not be able to fully utilize the floodlight. I know you can customize the light itself through Google Home, but I'm not sure on how far you'll be able to customize it. Me personally, if I am able, I'd just have the floodlight on always at certain times of the night since I have 24/7 recording with my Nest Aware subscription but I'm not entirely sure if thats possible.