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Installing Nest Outdoor Camera with Floodlights on Horizontal Surface

creedence
Community Member

I would be grateful if anyone can give me guidance on how they installed their Nest Outdoor Camera w/ Floodlights on a horizontal surface. Surely I can't be alone in attempting to replace my old floodlights, which were installed under the eave on a horizontal plane?? The wiring is already there so I could really save some time on the install, but it seems the camera is not set up for this. Any information here will be greatly appreciated. 

Also, are these cameras designed to survive the outdoors with exposure to rain and wind or do they have to be covered in some way?

Thank you. 

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Brad
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

@creedence

 

I can understand your frustrations, and I think it's cool that you came up with your own design. I like that idea, and I could see how it could be helpful. I will go ahead and submit this feedback forward for you. I cannot promise you any form of compensation. All I can do is send it forward. Thank you for all of your patience.

 

Please let me know if you need further assistance on this issue.

Best Regards,

Brad.

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Brad
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey there,

 

The 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.

creedence
Community Member

Brad - 

Thanks for your response. As disappointed as I am with this design flaw, I remain hopeful that there is a solution to the problem. What parts/accessories do you recommend for converting a horizontal junction to a vertical surface? How have you seen others do it? I'm open to ideas here....

Brad
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

@creedence

 

I can understand how you must feel on this issue, and thank you for sharing your experience and feedback. I am afraid that Google does not offer another option as I stated, we have a specific reason as to why the Nest Cam w/Floodlight is the way it is. I have heard of some possible third-party options, but I haven't a clue off the top of my head who makes other options. Best to do your own research online.

 

Best regards,

Brad.

Brad
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi there,

 

Just checking in to see if you still need assistance with this issue.

 

Please let me know if you need further assistance. 

Best Regards,

Brad.

creedence
Community Member

Brad - 

 
Thanks for the follow-up. I'm incredibly disappointed that Google, with all of its resources, is unable to provide guidance on how to install a camera (that clearly has a design flaw) on a horizontal plane. The good news is that I was able to come up with my own solution, which can be seen here. Google should give me a nice reward for solving this problem!
 

 

Brad
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

@creedence

 

I can understand your frustrations, and I think it's cool that you came up with your own design. I like that idea, and I could see how it could be helpful. I will go ahead and submit this feedback forward for you. I cannot promise you any form of compensation. All I can do is send it forward. Thank you for all of your patience.

 

Please let me know if you need further assistance on this issue.

Best Regards,

Brad.