Yeah, the activation of the spotlight is usually okay, but I felt it was definitely worth adding the obvious glitches I caught into the video to demonstrate that it still has some bugs and isn’t 100% reliable, and to show that sometimes the camera recognizes motion without activating it (and it is obvious it is detecting the motion, because the green motion tags are turned on to prove it).
Also, you can see from the last segment of the first all-in-one video where I come out the door, that it appears to be based on a schedule where it doesn’t stay on as long as there is motion, but that it will turn on for X amount of time when it senses motion, then turn off after a set interval of time, even if there is still motion going on. I did not test the “cool down” interval either. It’s possible that once it triggers, it only turns on for X-seconds, then shuts off with a cooldown period for X-seconds after that, but I didn’t test any of this. Perhaps I will check it out later.
It would be kind of annoying to use as a night light inside if it shuts off while you’re still walking around and then requires you to wait a while before turning back on. I might have to test that out now before I buy more for that purpose. Those should all be easily resolved with some firmware upgrades, but for some of those purposes, I’d definitely want the firmware upgrades/fixes to happen BEFORE I purchased them for that purpose. Still, they work great for anyone who just wants them to stay on constantly at night and have enough light for the V3 to see everything in decent color. The only downside of using them for this purpose is that they will have the same issue as the IR sensors…it will attract bugs and constantly force motion detection alerts . If you don’t have Cam Plus, then the bugs will make it almost useless to use for motion alerts at night and you might miss some things.
So based on their current functionality and firmware, I am starting to think that these are primarily useful for people who have Cam Plus (so they aren’t affected by the bugs constantly triggering motion and the cooldown making it useless), and will use them for outdoor purposes (since the spotlight appears to shut off after a certain interval, so you can’t really use it as a reliable indoor nightlight that only stays on while there is motion, and won’t turn off until after the motion is gone). Future firmware updates will make them more useful for other purposes, but I think for now with the current tests, they are best when left on constantly for V3 color vision, or when activated by motion, knowing the light might cut out in the middle of someone still being in view sometimes.
They should allow us to set our own interval (like “when triggered, keep the light on for X minutes X seconds after motion stops.”) I do this for my pantry light with a motion sensor. I tell the motion sensor to turn on my pantry light when it detects motion, and then a second trigger says when motion has been clear for X minutes, X seconds, to turn off the pantry light…so if there is any constant motion or new motion on the sensor within that time period, it won’t shut off the light yet. That kind of rule permission would be good for these Spotlights. Then they could be used much more effectively.