Smart-home systems maker Brilliant unveiled a new “install it anywhere” plug-in version of its Smart Home Control Panel Tuesday.
Any homeowner or renter can use its touchscreen-based control and automation system to manage smart home products integrated with HomeKit and Siri.
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Brilliant Plug-In Home Control Panel
Brilliant started shipping its Smart Home Control Panels in late 2018, with later updates. They required some wiring. But its new plug-in version makes it possible for virtually anyone to add a control system to their home.
“This new addition brings added flexibility and expands the addressable market for complete smart home control systems at an affordable price,” said Aaron Emigh, Brilliant’s CEO and founder.
“A plug-in version of our home control panel has long been a top request from consumers interested in home technology, especially those that live in rentals or older homes, as well as from the professional installer and security dealer communities,” he added.
Anyone can use it, Brilliant said:
- People who live in older homes with no neutral or ground wires.
- Apartment residents who can’t access their wiring.
- People uncomfortable with home wiring.
- Professional installers and security dealers not licensed to perform electrical installations.
Easy-to-use smart-home experience
You can mount the $399 Plug-In Home Control Panel — priced like its other panels — on any wall using screws. It includes a power cable and adapter that plugs into any power outlet. The cable simply runs down the wall, or you can install it in the wall if you’re handy or want to hire someone to do that.
Brilliant describes its user experience, which simplifies smart-home installation and management:
The award-winning Brilliant Smart Home System unifies and simplifies how people control their homes and makes it easy to control popular smart home products using touchscreen panels with built-in voice control and the all-in-one Brilliant mobile app. Anyone can walk up to a Brilliant Control Panel and instantly access all of the smart devices and experiences available in the home without needing to use a phone, download an app, or know or remember what voice command to say.
Brilliant helps you control and automate a home with intuitive smart home-specific touchscreen menus, built-in voice control, customizable home automation scenes, programmable touch sliders/switches, and a single app to control everything.
And the company noted its panels can control products from Ring, Google Nest, Sonos, Philips Hue, Kwikset, Schlage, Yale, August, Honeywell Home, Resideo, ecobee, TP-Link, Samsung SmartThings, Genie, Hunter Douglas, Somfy and others.
Expandable lighting system
Brilliant emphasized its system’s use for lighting throughout the home:
Brilliant functions as a whole home lighting system with built-in motion detection, which can be expanded with Brilliant Smart Dimmer Switches and Smart Plugs, an audio/video intercom system to communicate with people in different rooms, and an alarm system controller when paired with a Resideo Security System. It also offers built-in Amazon Alexa voice control with visual responses and integrates with Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit/Siri
Pricing and availability
The Brilliant Smart Home Control Plug-In Panel is available for $399 at www.brilliant.tech and Amazon.
Brilliant said its products are also available for purchase by licensed contractors and installers at ADI Global Distribution and other distributors. They can buy the plug-in panel at ADI by October 2023.
Where to buy: Amazon