This post is a contribution to posts 547 to 560 to the degree it may apply.
My camera is not looking through glass, but if it were I think the captured images would be very similar.
Picture 1 shows the general setup. The porch provides the illumination for the V2. I replaced the original incandescent bulb with an LED version that provides a spectrum of natural daylight. I believe it would cost about $1.50 to operate all year.
Now that I am sharing this photo, I realize that I could have done several things to make the image better:
1, Clean the camera lens.
2. Aim the camera to avoid the glare.
3. Insert a piece of rolled widow screen around the bulb to diffuse the light or get a weaker bulb.
4. Insert a blinder made of aluminum foil on the sides of the bulb facing the camera. This is a cold operating bulb so heat build-up should not be an issue with items 3 and 4.
I do like the color this bulb provides.
I use a small rectangle of aluminum foil (shiny side inward) and cellophane tape it to the inside glass of outdoor light fixtures to create blinders. It creates a smaller “dead spot” on the house, reflects the light back out away from the house and reduces cam glare to an acceptable level.
The combination of the two takes less room, side to side, than the first piece with a USB adapter and cord. The combo leaves the bulb inside the fixture. I use a Wifi bulb.
My light fixture is like this.
I am on the East coast of Canada. In 2020 our temperatures have been from -12F in Feb. to +96F in June. We average 128" (10’-8") of snow per year.
I’ve had two V2s and a Pan outside for the past two years. I also have another Pan outside during the summer. No problems at all. The V2s are in a plastic case. The Pan is not but is 24" back under a roof overhang. The summer Pan is in a silicone bird house shaped case.
My porch fixture is like this one; so I’m not sure if the combo will work for me. But the two lights on both side of my garage is like the picture you inserted so it’ll work if I put a camera at the garage which I will do.
Can I just one of the combo pieces for the porch camera?
Also, where did you get this combo? Amazon? do you have a link?
I’m not sure that the SD I got is “High Endurance.” Even though I used a Class 10 SD, it doesn’t specify that, but it might have happened for being kinda stingy ( hahaha . There was a cheap combo of 5 micro SD I bought from Amazon and the advertisement seemed to be credible …
The socket with this type of flat USB charger may work better in either light.
You’ll have to make sure water can’t get in. Let the USB cord droop down before it goes into the fixture so water will drip from the loop rather than following the cord into the light.
I highly recommend using the freeware program “h2testw” to check all memory devices you use. It will not only check the size but also does write/read verification to insure it’s good as well as reporting the read/write speeds.
I formatted the SD previous to the test as it was extended memory for my Tab, so I formatted it to fat32 due to compatibility issues. I tested it on my phone (Huawei Y9 Prime 2019) as my laptop has broken down and I don’t remember where I left the MicroSD adapter
@angus.black what kind of light bulb. I’m hearing that LED is good, sensor bulb is good, WIFI bulb. a dusk to dawn buld. which one?
But what I want to do is have a bulb that automatically comes on at dusk for lighting in the evening and turns off at dawn in the morning; but not affecting the wyze camera cause that always needs to be on.
In my post 561 above, Excessive glare from my porch light degraded captured camera images. I suggested several means of reducing glare. I started by doing things that did not require a trip to the store.
I cleaned the camera lens.
Adjusted the camera aim.
Installed a 180° bulb shade within the porch light fixture.
In the above photo, a piece of aluminum foil has been placed around half of the LED light bulb in the porch light. It is a 180° arc of foil that blocks light beaming towards the camera and people approaching the door. Much of the blocked light gets reflected.