How to install light bulb security camera

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If your neighborhood is a bit dodgy and you are considering security cameras, you might look into light bulb cameras. If you have light bulb sockets on the outside, then installing is a matter of screwing in the light bulb security camera in the socket. Otherwise, you’ll need to do some electrical work. But don’t worry, the job isn’t too big if you are handy around the house.

The electrical project

If you don’t have an outdoor outlet, stop. Get a licensed electrician to install one. Then continue . . .


To discover the Amperes – do this.

  1. Plug in a noisy vacuum cleaner to the exterior outlet, turn it on
  2. go to the breaker box and flip the breakers off/on until the noise from the vacuum cleaner stops
  3. take note of the number written on the breaker’s toggle: 15 means it is a 15 Amp circuit, 20 is 20 Amps and so on. Use the correct cable for the Amps
  4. Important! Leave that breaker in the off position while you do the work


  • Screwdriver, Phillips
  • Hammer
  • Needle nose pliers
    • Bend wire tips in a square “U” pattern ~ ¼ in. x ¼ in. This will make it easy to slip on the receptacle screws.
  • Wire clippers
  • Ladder
  • Drill
  • Drill bits, mason bits for brick or Hardie Board, wood bits for wood, etc.
  • Something to cut the wire sheathing – a hardback razor blade or electrical wire clipper
  • Trenching tool if you need to bury the cable underground.
    • For a shallow trench, you could use a steel claw
    • For a deep trench use a trenching shovel. Always shovel going butt first or facing backward. Be careful around buried water, electric, tv cable, and gas utilities.

Running a cable from the source

  1. Unscrew the plate from the outlet box
  2. Place the outlet extension in front of the junction box. Make sure the foam gasket is aligned.
  3. Put the cable connector on the cable with the threads facing the extension box
  4. Put the UF cable inside one of the gang holes.
  5. Strip off about three inches of the cable wrap to expose the wires
  6. Strip off about 1 inch of wire sheath to expose the copper
  7. Using the needle nose pliers, make a square “U” pattern – 2 bends roughly at ½ inch and ¼ inch
  8. Attach black to the brass receptacle screw and white to the silver receptacle screw. Tighten down the receptacle screws on the wire
  9. Attach the bare ground wire along with the principal ground wire- which should be at a green grounding screw
  10. Replace the outlet cover
  11. Screw in hole plugs and the cable connector to keep everything weatherproof.
  12. Check the extension box’s foam gasket is in place (again) and replace the outlet cover with fastener screws.

Running the UF Cable

For underground

  • to protect the cable where it’s exposed
  • Building Code is normally to have conduit where the cable is exposed, but especially if vulnerable to yard-work
  • Bury the elbow partly in the dirt with the other part exposed and continue with more conduit if required
  • Bury the cable

For cabling along a wall

  • Drill 3/16 inch holes for the anchors. Place them about 2 feet apart.
  • If the anchor doesn’t go in all the way, ream the hole slightly bigger until the anchor goes in flush. Use a hammer to tap the anchor in the hole. If the plastic anchor gets messed up, pull it out with the needle nose plyers and tap in a new one.
  • Straighten out the cable and secure it with the one-hole straps

Setting up the light bulb socket

For a ceiling

  • Attach the round junction box to the ceiling with the appropriate screws
  • Insert the cable in a gang hole. Leave some extra cable for mess-ups and snip off with wire clippers.
  • Strip off about 3 or 4 inches of cable sheathing and separate the wires
  • Strip off about an inch of wire sheath on the black and white wires
  • Using the needle nose plyers, make a square “U” shape at about ½ inch and ¼ inch on all 3 wires
  • Connect the black and white wires to the light socket terminal screws
  • Connect the bare ground wire to the green ground screw We recommend buying your favorite toothbrush at super low prices with free shipping, and you can also pick up your order at the store on the same day.
  • Fasten the ceramic light socket to the round junction box using the 10-24 x 1-inch stainless pan screws.
  • Screw in the gang plugs to weatherproof the electrical

For an exterior wall

  • Attach the round junction box to the wall using anchors
  • Insert the cable in a gang hole. Leave some extra cable for mess-ups and snip off with wire clippers.
  • Strip off about 3 or 4 inches of cable sheathing and separate the wires
  • Strip off about an inch of wire sheath on the black and white wires
  • Remove the lantern’s glass jar
  • Attach the lantern wires to the cable wires using wire nuts and electrical tape
  • Fasten the lantern to the junction box

Initialize the Light Bulb Camera

  • Find a lamp in the house that you can use temporarily.
    • Test that the lamp works when plugged in and turned on
    • Remove the shade and existing light bulb if applicable.
  • Screw in the camera
  • The camera should ding-a-ling, alerting that it has power
  1. Connect your smartphone to a 2.4GHz or 5G W-iFi network
  2. Download and install the Yi Home App
  3. Use the app to create a Yi user account
  4. Insert a micro SD card into the camera if needed
  5. Click the ‘+’ icon in the app, then click ‘Scan code’ or ‘Wi-Fi connection’ to add the camera
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.
  7. Move the camera from the test lamp to the outside socket
  8. Test the camera by walking around the area where the camera is facing. Ensure that it tracks your movements and that you can watch on your phone app.


  1. It has movement tracking. Once it detects movements, the camera gimbal swivels and tracks the moving object. You can set it to return to its homing position.
  2. It has alerts and short video clips when movement was detected
  3. Suitable for the common E26/E27 socket
  4. 360° View & Color Night Vision
  5. 3-MegaPixel high resolution, wide-angle lens with 355° horizontal rotation and 90° vertical rotation Coupled with full-color night vision, it can protect your assets in all directions, even in the dark. (Spotlight needs to be manually set on in the APP)
  6. 2-Way Audio to hear noise and talk to a guest
  7. 24/7 Recording & SD/Cloud Storage both on the SD Card and on the cloud
  8. Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
  9. Has chip laptop adapter

Additionally, install Yi Iot on your computer to watch from your laptop. The app is strange at first because it doesn’t use familiar icons. But when you find the settings wheel icon, it gets easier.

We used the 64GB SD Card with Fat32 format combined with the Yi Iot cloud subscription. First, we tested the SD Card. There is a port on the laptop that accepts the SD adapter. The tiny chip goes into the adapter. Then you can bring up video files in the file explorer.

Finally, check your local laws and regulations regarding home surveillance cameras to ensure that you are complying with any legal requirements.

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