Ring Smart Lights vs. Arlo Smart Security Lights: Which is best for your home?

Ring Smart Lights

Ring has a rather intriguing option here with its new Smart Lights. While sharing many of the same "specs" as the Arlo, Ring includes two lights in its starter pack for less than Arlo's single-camera setup.

Ring Smart Lights

Shine bright

Base package includes two lights
Easily group with other Ring smart lights
Excellent weather resistance
Limited to Alexa compatibility
Larger footprint

Arlo Smart Security Lights

The Arlo Smart Security Light is a great option for those looking to add security lights to their Arlo camera systems. While the light is just as bright as the Ring, there is an added bonus of customizable LED's, and the ease of a wire-free setup.

Arlo Smart Security Lights

Wire-free wizard

Doesn't need to be wired to a lighting fixture
Full-color LED customization
Integration with Alexa, Google Assistant, and more
Only one light included in the starter pack
Slightly lower weatherproofing rating

On the outside looking, both the Ring and Arlo smart light options seem to be practically interchangeable. But there are a few minor differences that help set the Ring apart from its competition.

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Getting the basics out of the way, the Ring Smart Lights sport (slightly) better weather resistance, although these do not operate at the same temperature range as the Arlo option. Plus, the Ring lights have a larger footprint, which is definitely something to consider when it comes to where you can place these lights.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Ring Smart LightsArlo Smart Security Light
Weather ResistanceIP66IP66
Max Brightness400 Lumens400 Lumens
Dimensions6.42" x 3.82" x 4.65"3.9" x 2.8" x 2.3"
Operating Temperature-4°F to 122°F-14° F to 113° F
Motion Detection✔️✔️

Both are wire-free, meaning that you won't have to worry about trying to hide any ugly wires on the outside of your home. Additionally, both the Ring and Arlo smart lights sport motion detection and are adjustable.

Where the Arlo excels comes regarding the light itself, as there are color-changing LED's built-in. This is excellent if you want to have a party in the summer and want some different lights to set the mood.

Both of these smart lights have a brightness of 400 lumens, so there is really no difference on that front. Tthe Ring is limited to Alexa and IFTTT, which makes sense considering Ring is now owned by Amazon, but Arlo's smart light not only supports Alexa and IFTTT also Google Assistant, so you basically have your choice of smart home assistant.

What really keeps standing out with the Ring option is the pricing when compared to Arlo's smart light. The Ring starter kit includes two spotlights, along with the Bridge that is needed to make all the magic happen. Arlo's smart light bundle includes just one-light and the Arlo Bridge, which is also needed to make everything work properly.

When looking at the two-pack light bundle from Arlo, the price jumps to $185, which can be a tough pill to swallow for some color-changing LED's. But let's be honest, if money is no object, then you really couldn't go wrong with either the Arlo or Ring.

Andrew Myrick
Senior Editor - Chromebooks and tablets

Andrew Myrick is a Senior Editor at Android Central. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is collecting different headphones, even if they all end up in the same drawer.