Brilliant All-in-One Smart Home Control

The idea behind the Brilliant All-in-One Smart Home Control is to control not just your home lights, but all of your smart home products in a single app. But it comes with a price.
Richard Oldale

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26 January, 2021
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We are used to smart switches controlling only lights. The idea behind the Brilliant All-in-One Smart Home Control is to go above and beyond the basics by integrating all your smart devices in one single app.

There’s even a built-in Alexa connectivity.

No hub required.

Nor wires or programming. 

Controlling your smart devices could not be simpler?

The Brilliant All-in-One Home Smart Control also boasts a large touchscreen and replaces a conventional dimmer switch. It uses a 3-way lighting configuration and works with any other switch – as long it’s not a dimmer. 

If you can’t stretch to $299 for the full stack Brilliant All-in-One Smart Home Control, there’s a cheaper version; a Brilliant Smart Dimmer Switch for just $19.99. But that only works with your lights.

Brilliant Smart Home Control (1-Switch)
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Compatibility 

  • Google Assistant
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Apple HomeKit 
  • Sonos
  • Ring 
  • Hue
  • SmartThings 
  • Ecobee

Design and Installation 

The elegant design comes sporting a snazzy 5-inch LCD touchscreen display so you can see who is ringing your doorbell without answering the door. You also get a choice of six plate colours. 

Installation requires wiring and some skills but it’s not difficult. A neutral wire is required though. Brilliant created an installation guide but it’s too basic for it to be useful. Check out the video below instead. 

How to install a 2, 3, or 4 switch Brilliant Control

Connectivity 

The Brilliant controller connects to a whole host of compatible hubs if you already have them. The list includes Philips Hue lighting system, Sonos Play:1Belkin Wemo Insight PlugRing Pro Video Doorbell, and Nest Thermostat

So you can control the temperature on the thermostat, turn the Wemo switch on and off, play music on Sonos speakers and much more. The Brilliant panel responds sharply to commands but does not change colours and scenes on the Hue lighting system. You will still have to use the Hue app for that.

The Ring Pro doorbell connection streams live video to the Brilliant LCD panel and you can even have a two-way conversation with the person at the door. When paired with a SmartThings Hub, you can unlock the door if you have a smart lock connected to the hub. It works directly with August locks, like the Smart Lock Pro. 

Features 

  • Smart home integration
  • 5-inch LCD touchscreen
  • Motion sensors
  • Speaker/ microphone/ camera
  • Voice control works with Apple HomeKit, Alexa and Google Assistant 
  • Built-in Alexa controls other smart devices
  • Smart on/off using the app or the switch
  • Daylight Detection 
  • Dimmer
  • Music player
  • Digital photo frame

Verdict 

If you’re looking to ramp up your smart home, the Brilliant All-in-One Smart Home Control is certainly worth a look. Its touch display provides plenty of room for swiping and it works with a glut of smart home devices from companies such as Nest, Philips, Ring, and Sonos. 

Adding new devices is relatively easy, but the Brilliant Smart Home Control is unable to access all the features of some devices. You will still need to use the native app occasionally. That said, all your apps are on your phone so it’s not as though missing features poses any inconvenience. All in all, the Brilliant All-in-One Smart Home Control has more pros than cons. 

Not convinced by the Brilliant All-in-One Smart Home Control. Check out our other smart switch reviews to discover if there are any that meet your needs.

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