If nighttime disturbances outside your home leave you anxious, a floodlight and/or security camera can help bring you peace of mind. The $279.99 Google Nest Cam With Floodlight (Wired) is a weatherproof, Wi-Fi-enabled security camera that lights up an area and records HD video when it detects motion. It produced excellent 1080p video in testing and its LEDs responded quickly to motion triggers and Google Assistant voice commands. However, it’s one of the more expensive smart floodlight cameras we’ve tested, and you need to pay for a subscription to unlock all of its features. If you can live without voice controls, the Wyze Cam Floodlight ($84.99) is a much better value. If voice commands are essential, the slightly more affordable Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera ($249.99) supports more platforms than the Nest Cam, including Alexa, HomeKit, and IFTTT.
The Nest Cam With Floodlight uses two dimmable 2,400-lumen LED lamps with a white color temperature of 4,000K. Both the Wyze Cam Floodlight and Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight sport brighter bulbs, at 2,600 and 3,000 lumens, respectively.
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