The intensity of light will greatly affect every process carried out in image processing, especially facial images. It is important to analyze how the performance of each face detection method when tested at several lighting levels. In face detection, various methods can be used and have been tested. The FLP method automates the identification of the location of facial points. The Fisherface method reduces the dimensions obtained from PCA calculations. The LBPH method converts the texture of a face image into a binary value, while the WNNs method uses RAM to process image data, using the WiSARD architecture. This study proposes a technique for testing the effect of light on the performance of face detection methods, on an embedded platform. The highest accuracy was achieved by the LBPH and WNNs methods with an accuracy value of 98% at a lighting level of 400 lx. Meanwhile, at the lowest lighting level of 175 lx, all methods have a fairly good level of accuracy, which is between 75% to 83%.