Hidden Porch Light Cameras
I have a rectangular box like porch light. It has one A19 standard bulb socket. So, I used it to power two Wyze V3, an Echo Dot, a 6 port USB power brick/110V and a Wyze bulb. All that stuff is stuffed up inside the box from the bottom. Oh, and there also two grey flat 10’ USB cables running outside the box, up the wall, (covered by duct tape & painted to match) along the porch ceiling to two more Wyze V3’s (not pictured).
The light exterior has two 5/8” holes drilled about 1.5” from top and side for the camera lens to appear. The exterior is aluminum and would not hold the camera base’s magnet. I tried Velcro and double-sided tape, but I could not adjust the cameras’ position to insure max view. So, after several bad choices, I found some hard steel strips and used Gorilla double sided to attach them to the inside. Fortunately, the slight offset of the camera base folded straight down made it fit flat against the drilled opening. Perfect. (One of the V3’s was painted with grey paint before used inside the light.
The power brick powers four Wyze cameras and the Echo Dot. Velcro holds the power brick and the Dot in place. Big enough pieces of Velcro make it difficult to get them out when I need to do something. So, they stay put.
In one porch light picture you can see a Wyze Sense V1 painted to blend and on the leeward side of the light, so no one notices it. This triggers Alexa Routine announcements inside the house for Alexa routines displaying the two light V3’s on a Echo Show and a Fire tablet. Behind the light on the wall, there’s a strip of duct tape up the wall covering two flat 10’ cables going to Wyze V3’s mounted at the ceiling height. Powered from the brick inside the light.
The porch has this light and a recessed light above the doorway. Wyze bulbs in both because the light sockets remain powered all the time. Easy to reset the entire mess just turning off the porch power in either the inside hall or the garage.
From the view inside the light with the bulb, one of the metal strips has a long narrow magnet under the Wyze camera base. That base magnet is weaker than the other. The magnet keeps the camera/base in place.
The Wyze bulbs on the porch are turned on and off from a Wyze contact sensor mounted on the garage door triggered via an Alexa Routine and turns everything off in three minutes.
The insides of the light look like a sloppy mess, but they are out of sight and everything works and stays in place. Handy having an Echo Dot on the front porch – out of sight.