CES 2019: Brilliant Home Control Light Switch Replacement Gaining HomeKit Support in the Spring

Smart home tech company Brilliant will be adding HomeKit support to its Brilliant Home Control light switch in spring 2019, Brilliant told MacRumors today.

Introduced in September 2018, Brilliant Control is designed to replace any existing light switch in your home, adding touch and voice control capabilities for a number of smart home platforms.


At launch, Brilliant supported smart home devices from Amazon, Google, Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell, Ring, August, Philips Hue, Sonos, and Wemo, but HomeKit support was left out. That's going to be rectified later this year, with Brilliant announcing the news just ahead of this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

Brilliant Control offers a number of features when paired with other smart home devices. With Sonos, for example, the light switch is able to act as a hub for music playback. With a Ring doorbell, you can view the video feed on the Brilliant Control, and with a Nest, you can adjust temperature through the device without having to access the Nest itself.


Multiple Brilliant Control devices can be paired up to serve as a speaker system and video intercom for house-wide communication purposes, and the display can be used as a picture frame, displaying family photos and other art.

The three grooves on the Brilliant Control serve as sliders for adjusting lighting for the lights attached to the switch the Brilliant Control replaced.


With HomeKit support, HomeKit-enabled devices will be able to be controlled via the voice and touch integrations on the Brilliant Control.
"Brilliant unifies control of smart home devices in a way that is seamless, simple and accessible throughout the home," said Aaron Emigh, CEO and co-founder of Brilliant. "This new integration with HomeKit will soon give Brilliant owners who have invested in the Apple ecosystem even more functionality and convenience."
Brilliant Control is available in six colors and is priced starting at $299 for a one light switch panel. Pricing goes up to $349 for a two switch panel, $399 for a three switch panel, and $449 for a four switch panel.

The HomeKit update will be delivered as an over-the-air firmware update to all Brilliant Control owners in the spring of 2019.


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‘Brilliant Control’ Launches to Replace Regular Light Switches With Smart Home Controls, HomeKit Coming Later

Smart home tech company Brilliant today launched its touchscreen-based "Brilliant Control" light switch priced starting at $299.00. Announced in early 2017, Brilliant Control replaces any existing light switch to enable touch and voice control over smart home devices from Amazon, Google, Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell, Ring, Philips Hue, and Wemo, but at launch not HomeKit.

Amazon Alexa is built directly into Brilliant Control, making it easy for those in the Amazon ecosystem to control their products with their voice using the light switch. For whatever light switch you are replacing, Brilliant Control also turns these bulbs into smart lights through the touch and voice control system.


Brilliant Control is compatible with Sonos, allowing the light switch to act as a hub for music playback on Sonos' line of smart speakers. The device also acts as a speaker system if you have two or more installed, so one person can make announcements to the rest of the house or use it as a video intercom between specific rooms.

Connected smart features include being able to see who is at your door by displaying the feed from a Ring doorbell, adjusting the temperature of Nest with touch or voice control, controlling Hue scenes, and more. Brilliant Control's display can also act as a picture frame when not in use, displaying family photos, art, or even seasonal themes.

Next to the touch screen are grooves that represent the traditional light switches you've replaced using Brilliant Control. Users can slide their fingers along each area to adjust the lighting for each respective fixture.


We reached out to Brilliant regarding future HomeKit support, and the company told us that it has hardware support for HomeKit built directly into Brilliant Control. This means that a future software update for the switch will include HomeKit support, but the company didn't divulge a release window for this update.

This should make Brilliant Control more enticing for those in Apple's ecosystem when HomeKit support launches, allowing you to control your scenes and accessories through the touch panel or Siri. As usual, if you're interested in Brilliant Control for HomeKit support, it's probably best to wait until the update has rolled out since we aren't sure how long it will take.


The company is also launching a connected iOS [Direct Link] and Android app, which allows all of the same controls when you aren't at home. Brilliant says that installing the device is as easy as installing a light switch, and requires "no additional wiring, modifications, or remote servers."

Brilliant Control comes in six colors and begins at $299.00 for a one light switch panel, and then rises to $349.00 for a two switch panel, $399.00 for a three switch panel, and $449.00 for a four switch panel. More information about Brilliant Control can be found on the company's website.


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