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.
So, you are likely to see or be able to order BrilliantSmart products at places like Aldi, Bunnings, Freedom, and over 1700 licensed electricians and stores.
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 well.
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 smart XYZ.
We review four BrilliantSmart devices from a comprehensive range of products (all are smart, Wi-Fi-connected)
- A60 White + RGB LED globe (Bayonet cap or Edison Screw) ($40 in ES or BC)
- IP44 weather-resistant LED RGBW 2m strip lighting kit ($100)
- IP68 weather-proof LED RGB garden lighting kit (four light kit $280 and additional lights $60)
- Remote control 240V plug with USB 5V/1.5A charger port $20
After this great experience, I will be pleased to test more BrilliantSmart products.
- Download the BrilliantSmart app for Android (tested) or iOS
- Register for an account (email, password and location)
- Add the device – usually by selecting the device type from the menu
- Give the device a unique name and allocate to a room
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.