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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Brilliant to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a Brilliant Control, which is a touchscreen-equipped smart lighting solution that's able to control your lights and all of your other smart home products.

The Brilliant Control, available in a range of colors to match any decor, is designed to replace one of the light switch panels in your home. On-screen touch sliders can be used to turn connected lights on and off, or dim them. Brilliant Control is also able to interface with other smart home products using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so that same touchscreen can be used to control everything from your Nest thermostat to your Sonos speakers.

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Because there's easy access to smart home products through the display, everyone in the family can control connected devices without the need to pull out a phone and open up an app.

In addition to a touchscreen, the Brilliant Control includes a motion sensor, a video camera, ambient light sensor, and voice control, plus integration with Amazon Alexa, so voice commands can be used to control lights and all other smart home devices.

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It's similar to an Amazon Echo, but with a touchscreen and built-in integration with your lights. Brilliant Control works with a range of smart home products, plus IFTTT, SmartThings, and Wink hubs, but it isn't compatible with HomeKit.

While the base Brilliant Control is designed to replace a single light switch, there are other (pricier) versions that can replace panels with up to four light switches.


Pricing for the Brilliant Control starts at $199 and the device can be purchased from the Brilliant website, but we have two to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

The contest will run from today (June 30) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on July 7. The winners will be chosen randomly on July 7 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen. Brilliant Control prizes will be shipped to winners later this summer following the product's launch.

Article Link: MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Brilliant Control for Your Smart Home Devices
 

Chupa Chupa

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Help me out here. I do the same things with my iOS devices. What is different about this other than all it does is control devices?
 

Brilliant_Tech

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Help me out here. I do the same things with my iOS devices. What is different about this other than all it does is control devices?


Adding Brilliant to your wall gives you the option of motion control, voice, touch and the companion app. So yes, you can control all of your products using multiple apps from your iOS, but can guests or kids? Sure, if you hand over your phone every time you want to turn a light on or off and search for the app. Brilliant unifies all of this. There are a lot of great features like our video intercom that you can use to talk from room to room (encrypted and privacy screen included). Right now our Ring integration displays a notification on the Brilliant screen if someone presses the button, or it will display the video feed if you prefer. If you have a smart lock connected (via a hub), you will the option to open the door directly from the notification. These are just a few examples. I hope that helped!
 

ke-iron

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This is an interesting product. I will need HomeKit compatibility as well as that new AirPlay 2 support Apple just announced built in. Not quite sure how it works, but if this can command Sonos speakers to play music it should be a similar function to do with AirPlay 2 speakers I assume. I hope the team is looking into this.
 

Chupa Chupa

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Adding Brilliant to your wall gives you the option of motion control, voice, touch and the companion app. So yes, you can control all of your products using multiple apps from your iOS, but can guests or kids? Sure, if you hand over your phone every time you want to turn a light on or off and search for the app. Brilliant unifies all of this. There are a lot of great features like our video intercom that you can use to talk from room to room (encrypted and privacy screen included). Right now our Ring integration displays a notification on the Brilliant screen if someone presses the button, or it will display the video feed if you prefer. If you have a smart lock connected (via a hub), you will the option to open the door directly from the notification. These are just a few examples. I hope that helped!

Thanks for that. Is the voice control done within the device or does it have to go to a remote server like Siri, Alexa, etc.?
 

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Adding Brilliant to your wall gives you the option of motion control, voice, touch and the companion app. So yes, you can control all of your products using multiple apps from your iOS, but can guests or kids? Sure, if you hand over your phone every time you want to turn a light on or off and search for the app. Brilliant unifies all of this. There are a lot of great features like our video intercom that you can use to talk from room to room (encrypted and privacy screen included). Right now our Ring integration displays a notification on the Brilliant screen if someone presses the button, or it will display the video feed if you prefer. If you have a smart lock connected (via a hub), you will the option to open the door directly from the notification. These are just a few examples. I hope that helped!

I don't see what real problems this device is solving. It's fixed to a single location on a wall. Kids too young to reach the device don't need it, as they have parental supervision and support. Kids old enough to reach it already have an iOS device of their own. Guest? They can use a switch. Who cares, they are only visiting. Video intercome? As if texting and FaceTime were not enough? Are people really this lazy. If someone wants to talk to me, they just come to the room and talk. It's basic human interaction. If the door bell rings and I have to get up from the couch to walk over to the wall to see a notification that the door rang - which is a problem that has been solved decades ago with a doorbell, then I may just as well walk over to the door itself to see who is there. Plus, I get to use my eyes - amazing devices already implanted into my head that deliver instant multi-angle view, in stunning Retina display, directly to my visual cortex.

Even something as simple as light contol. I can get up and use a slider on the dimmer to adjust lighting level. Single motion. Or use an app from where I am sitting, if using smart bulb or other connected device

Or I can get up and walk over to the wall, select the option for light control, adjust the light and go back to where I was. How is this any better than the option one or two.

Plus, this extra device has to be setup, maintained, updated and will experience bugs. There will be things that work work correctly or will have a trouble connecting. It's how these things go usually. I don't really see the benefit of having one of those, but that's just me. Maybe I'm missing something?
 

Gasu E.

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Adding Brilliant to your wall gives you the option of motion control, voice, touch and the companion app. So yes, you can control all of your products using multiple apps from your iOS, but can guests or kids? Sure, if you hand over your phone every time you want to turn a light on or off and search for the app. Brilliant unifies all of this. There are a lot of great features like our video intercom that you can use to talk from room to room (encrypted and privacy screen included). Right now our Ring integration displays a notification on the Brilliant screen if someone presses the button, or it will display the video feed if you prefer. If you have a smart lock connected (via a hub), you will the option to open the door directly from the notification. These are just a few examples. I hope that helped!


I have no kids. Or friends of any kind. "Visitors" (a/k/a "trespassers") are shot on sight. Yes, there's the occasional pizza delivery person; but that's on a strictly "leave the pizza, money's in the box" basis. How can this product help me? And no comments on "how I should live me life"-- Mother used to do that, before she passed.
 
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JRobinsonJr

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OK... I love the idea, but am confused by one thing. Alexa. How many devices do we really need - and need to PAY FOR - with built-in Amazon Alexa Voice Services? This strikes me as a unnecessary and expensive component. I've already got several AMAZON-branded devices, so just need controllers that WORK with it...

I would love to have wall-mounted controllers that fully integrate with Alexa, HomeKit (required!) and the various components but am simply unwilling to pay what you're asking. Drop the built-in Alexa, drop the price accordingly, make it HomeKit enabled... and you'll have a sale.

Unless I'm missing something... ???
 

Brilliant_Tech

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This is an interesting product. I will need HomeKit compatibility as well as that new AirPlay 2 support Apple just announced built in. Not quite sure how it works, but if this can command Sonos speakers to play music it should be a similar function to do with AirPlay 2 speakers I assume. I hope the team is looking into this.

We currently work with Sonos and Bose but are looking into AirPlay 2 as you said.
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Good to know, thanks for reading the forums!

No problem :)
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Thanks for that. Is the voice control done within the device or does it have to go to a remote server like Siri, Alexa, etc.?

It is in the device, "Brilliant turn on the lights." Alexa is also built in and as I mentioned in a previous comment we are planning integration with HomeKit as well.
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I don't see what real problems this device is solving. It's fixed to a single location on a wall. Kids too young to reach the device don't need it, as they have parental supervision and support. Kids old enough to reach it already have an iOS device of their own. Guest? They can use a switch. Who cares, they are only visiting. Video intercome? As if texting and FaceTime were not enough? Are people really this lazy. If someone wants to talk to me, they just come to the room and talk. It's basic human interaction. If the door bell rings and I have to get up from the couch to walk over to the wall to see a notification that the door rang - which is a problem that has been solved decades ago with a doorbell, then I may just as well walk over to the door itself to see who is there. Plus, I get to use my eyes - amazing devices already implanted into my head that deliver instant multi-angle view, in stunning Retina display, directly to my visual cortex.

Even something as simple as light contol. I can get up and use a slider on the dimmer to adjust lighting level. Single motion. Or use an app from where I am sitting, if using smart bulb or other connected device

Or I can get up and walk over to the wall, select the option for light control, adjust the light and go back to where I was. How is this any better than the option one or two.

Plus, this extra device has to be setup, maintained, updated and will experience bugs. There will be things that work work correctly or will have a trouble connecting. It's how these things go usually. I don't really see the benefit of having one of those, but that's just me. Maybe I'm missing something?


I appreciate your opinion and gather you may not be a huge fan of smart homes in general. For those who are interested in smart homes Brilliant is a central device unifying all of the other smart home products and as I mentioned has voice, motion, touch and app control options for added convenience. Things like motion control and "Away Mode" help save money on bills as well, which I think we all can agree is beneficial.
 
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iMi

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We currently work with Sonos and Bose but are looking into AirPlay 2 as you said.
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No problem :)
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It is in the device, "Brilliant turn on the lights." Alexa is also built in and as I mentioned in a previous comment we are planning integration with HomeKit as well.
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I appreciate your opinion and gather you may not be a huge fan of smart homes in general. For those who are interested in smart homes Brilliant is a central device unifying all of the other smart home products and as I mentioned has voice, motion, touch and app control options for added convenience. Things like motion control and "Away Mode" help save money on bills as well, which I think we all can agree is beneficial.

You are making assumptions. I like smart home and have several connected devices already. I don't like redundancy. Sure, the away mode sounds useful, but let's talk about the money savings aspect of it. We have five bedrooms, plus kitchen, dinning room and two living rooms. In order to control all the devices in each area of the house we would need at least five units for the bedrooms and at least three more for the living rooms and the kitchen. That's eight devices. They start at $200 each? Say we stick with that basic configuration. That's $1,600 plus tax. Our house is modern, has high efficiency appliances, windows and LED lighting throughout. Our utilities add up to about $200 a month. It includes a marine tank, computers and other devices, like the fridge, that cannot be turned off on in the away mode. We already have a smart thermostat. If the away mode saves us 10% on bills each month, which I think is a generous assumption, then it will take almost 8 years just to cover the cost of the devices before any savings are realized. I can already do all this with a smart phone. In fact, I could by two iPad Minis for each floor of the house as extra house control devices - plus they double as full pledges media consumption devices.

Ok, so I can't enjoy the "groundhog day" experience of the lights turning on, music starting automatically and the weather forecast being announced as I walk into a room. Yeah, that won't get annoying after a while.

There is one application where these products make sense. I could see builders putting them into new homes. That's the market you should be targeting. Rebounding market where shoppers want efficiency. The added cost is small in terms of the overall purchase, builder can install easily. Low cost there. Plus, they can command significant margins on top of it, as they do with most new home upgrades.
 
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Brilliant_Tech

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You are making assumptions. I like smart home and have several connected devices already. I don't like redundancy. Sure, the away mode sounds useful, but let's talk about the money savings aspect of it. We have five bedrooms, plus kitchen, dinning room and two living rooms. In order to control all the devices in each area of the house we would need at least five units for the bedrooms and at least three more for the living rooms and the kitchen. That's eight devices. They start at $200 each? Say we stick with that basic configuration. That's $1,600 plus tax. Our house is modern, has high efficiency appliances, windows and LED lighting throughout. Our utilities add up to about $200 a month. It includes a marine tank, computers and other devices, like the fridge, that cannot be turned off on in the away mode. We already have a smart thermostat. If the away mode saves us 10% on bills each month, which I think is a generous assumption, then it will take almost 8 years just to cover the cost of the devices before any savings are realized. I can already do all this with a smart phone. In fact, I could by two iPad Minis for each floor of the house as extra house control devices - plus they double as full pledges media consumption devices.

Ok, so I can't enjoy the "groundhog day" experience of the lights turning on, music starting automatically and the weather forecast being announced as I walk into a room. Yeah, that won't get annoying after a while.

There is one application where these products make sense. I could see builders putting them into new homes. That's the market you should be targeting. Rebounding market where shoppers want efficiency. The added cost is small in terms of the overall purchase, builder can install easily. Low cost there. Plus, they can command significant margins on top of it, as they do with most new home upgrades.

Smart of you to use LED lights and high efficiency products. You are definitely saving a ton of money with those, as you know. You are correct, it would take some time for Brilliant to pay itself off especially if your home is already energy efficient, but the point being is, it does eventually.

You can put iPads up, but we think having the ability to control your lights with the same simple on/off motion that we are already used to is much better. Also, iPads cost a little more and wouldn't look as good as Brilliant does, since Brilliant is made for the wall.

There is nothing set up to create the "groundhog day" experience you are talking about. The motion sensors are for the lights and is an optional feature. You can set Scenes if you want that you can click on and the settings will automatically change. You can choose to create scenes such as "Date Night," "Homework" or "Sunday Brunch," for example, and all of your predetermined settings of music, temperature, art and lighting will adjust automatically.

Thank you for the suggestion, we are already planning on working with builders and see the benefit in working with them as well!

Brilliant allows you to control all of your devices from one and adds them all into a convenient app instead of having to use multiple. Our goal is simplicity and unification.

I respect your opinion and understand that not every product is for every person.
 

iMi

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Smart of you to use LED lights and high efficiency products. You are definitely saving a ton of money with those, as you know. You are correct, it would take some time for Brilliant to pay itself off especially if your home is already energy efficient, but the point being is, it does eventually.

You can put iPads up, but we think having the ability to control your lights with the same simple on/off motion that we are already used to is much better. Also, iPads cost a little more and wouldn't look as good as Brilliant does, since Brilliant is made for the wall.

There is nothing set up to create the "groundhog day" experience you are talking about. The motion sensors are for the lights and is an optional feature. You can set Scenes if you want that you can click on and the settings will automatically change. You can choose to create scenes such as "Date Night," "Homework" or "Sunday Brunch," for example, and all of your predetermined settings of music, temperature, art and lighting will adjust automatically.

Thank you for the suggestion, we are already planning on working with builders and see the benefit in working with them as well!

Brilliant allows you to control all of your devices from one and adds them all into a convenient app instead of having to use multiple. Our goal is simplicity and unification.

I respect your opinion and understand that not every product is for every person.

I wish you best of luck!
 
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