I had a perfect testing day (they are not often like this) –
every BrilliantSmart device quickly installed and worked flawlessly. The range
includes LED lighting, security cameras, sensors, smart switches and more.
I have to say that I had never heard of BrilliantSmart, let
alone Brilliant Lighting, and before I took on the review challenge, we did due
diligence to ensure this was not a one-off dodgy import.
It turns out that BrilliantSmart (website here) is part of Brilliant Lighting (website here) based in Rowville, Victoria that distributes Australia-wide via electrical contractors, DIY, department stores and specialty lighting and electrical retailers. It is a new overall brand for Brilliant’s smart products.
It also explains why I could not get recommended retail prices
– it is up to the outlet and installer. More on that later but if you see a
price below its indicative only and there may be discounts and promotions as
So, to answer the question – yes, Brilliant Lighting is
serious about providing smart devices, and it has done a lot of homework to offer
easy to install and trouble-free devices. It has all the electrical test and certificates.
I am impressed.
BTW – I noticed some stores use two words Brilliant Smart
and some list under Brilliant Lighting. Do not confuse this brand with
Brilliant Smart home controllers (US-based) and many devices advertising Brilliant
After this great experience, I will be pleased to test more
Download the BrilliantSmart app for Android (tested)
Register for an account (email, password and
Add the device – usually by selecting the device
type from the menu
Give the device a unique name and allocate to a
The list of devices is extensive and likely reflects the
range of products that the ODM factory (uses Tuya’s leading IoT platform that
powers over 100 million products) will make for BrilliantSmart. There is
support for a yet to be released range of Zigbee and Bluetooth products so
expect more from this brand.
In every case the product attached to the 2.4GHz channel of
our NETGEAR AX12 router (AX9 review here)
and were placed up to 30 metres away where the signal measured a very healthy
229Mbps. I am very impressed with the staying power of this super router. Note:
If your router is underpowered, then you may need to use a free Wi-Fi analysis
app to work out maximum distances.
Smarts – Voice Assistance and IFTTT
We tested with Google Assistant and its simply a matter of
adding the BrilliantSmart Action to that. Easy and all you do is allocate rooms
to the devices. You can also add an Alexa skill. As it works with iOS, we can
only assume HomeKit support.
These will turn on/off named or room lights to a specified percentage
or colour. You can also set up routines (schedules).
It also has IFTTT support to bind the devices into a larger ecosystem. IFTTT means ‘If this then that’ and you can set nested conditions across a myriad of smart devices, e.g. If the front door sensor opens then turn on the hall light and activate the security video unless it is me and I have a geofenced smartphone.
You need to use the app to access more features. Voice
assistants (as with all brands of smart lights) do not support calling named
scenes (at this time).
As a review is all about setup and use we will simply
identify the best use of these devices.
If you have an old incandescent light, you can replace it
with this RGB + White globe. Connect via Wi-Fi, and you can call Google to
activate it or manually switch it on (it remembers the last setting).
Perfect for reading lamps, hard to reach places (these last
a long time) and to reduce energy from 80-100W to 9W. White is set at 3000K
(warm white) to avoid Blue Light (cool white sensitivity). Dimming is
electronic from 0-100% (800 lumens), e.g. you don’t need a dimmer switch.
There is also a white only 900 lumens light.
GadgetGuy’s take: Great price, performance and very easy to
We were keen to review this 2m LED RGB+W self-adhesive strip
as it is one of the few that is water-resistant IP44 – Water splashing
against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect,
utilising either: a) an oscillating fixture or b) A spray nozzle with no
What this means is that, within reason, it will stand out to
outdoor use and bathroom use.
There are three parts – the 12V/1.25A (15W) AC transformer
(not IP rated) that has a 1.5m cable ending in a water-resistant screw pug. If
the transformer has rain protection, then the rest is fine for outdoor use. It
then plugs into a Wi-Fi controller bock (water-resistant) and the 2m strip into
It uses dimmable 60 x RGB and 60 x White LEDs (3000K) and
can have standard or customisable scenes. I know what will be adorning the
balcony at Christmas time. But beyond that, it could act as task lighting over the
kitchen, workshop, laundry, bathroom benches, as emergency lighting in hallways
or even as a night light.
There are two things it cannot do compared to Lifx Z strips. It does not have addressable zones, and you can’t add additional lengths. But the IP44 rating more than compensates.
GadgetGuy’s take: Good price, well made, IP44 rated.
Now this is impressive and at IP68 is weatherproof.
It comprises a transformer, a Wi-Fi controller and four 3W
lights replete with garden spikes (or can be screw-mounted). The lights daisy
chain via 2.2m together to a maximum of eight.
These are 3W RGB LEDs (no white) and have a 60° beam, so they
are for mood or path lighting. And 12W is a measly amount to leave on at night
or attach to a motion sensor. Overall useful ‘throw’ is about 3 metres.
We found that by experimenting with colours and lumens, you
can create everything from a warm and inviting glow to a cool, frosty blue.
My only criticism is that all heads display the same theme –
it may have been nice to have individually addressable heads, but that would
have cost a lot more with Wi-Fi in each.
GadgetGuy’s take: Weatherproof IP68 and very easy to use.
These are definite candidates for IFTTT and a sensor.
You can add smarts to any 240V/10A powerpoint to enable
scheduling or remotely turn them on/off.
Yes, I know you can flick a switch, but “OK Google, turn off
the heater’ is far easier. Or use it with an iron and never worry again if you
left it on.
GadgetGuy’s take: This is a low-cost item (Bunnings have it
for $15) – last year I was paying $60 for similar WeMo remote switches. And it
has a 7.5W charger suitable for iPhone, iPad and more USB charging.
GadgetGuy’s take – BrilliantSmart is a brand worth looking for
We do due diligence to ensure that all products have local
support and warranty. We are impressed that BrilliantSmart is IFTTT compliant
and as a bonus, these are well made and work – the first time.
We are pleased to add BrilliantSmart to our #Stop the Energy
rip-off campaign, and we look forward to seeing this brand develop and expand.
Our ratings are collectively 4.5-out-of-5 for performance, price and local backing. Just remember that you may have to insist the retailer go looking for the products and don’t accept some no-name substitute.
Value for money
Ease of Use
Reader Rating4 Votes
Well made and well supported by an established Aussie company
Works first time
Not as fully featured as some offerings but that reflects the excellent price