I have a BrightSwitch and it’s pretty cool! It’s basically a low budget android phone/tablet designed to be mounted through a light switch box, with the addition of being a Z-wave switch, controllable through a hub such as SmartThings or Wink.
I purchased mine through a pre-order after their Indiegogo campaign was over.
I don’t know the specs but there is not alot of memory. I’ve found that there is room for about 5 apps and I can confirm that the following apps work on it:
Denon 2016 Remote
Heos (Denon music streaming app)
As a light switch:
- It can be used in 3-way location, even if the other 3-way switch is not a BrightSwitch.
- Can be operated by just swiping up or down on the screen. You don’t have to press a certain virtual button area of the screen, although you can do that too.
- Can operate as a dimmer switch with compatible bulbs.
- Can be operated through home automation (i.e. SmartThings) as a Z-wave switch. (I have not set mine up for this. I use it for my stairs light, so no need to operate remotely).
It also has a camera and microphone that can be used with apps. The camera can be physically blocked if you are concerned about privacy.
I thought I remember them saying that Alexa may eventually be integrated, but it is not as of now. They do have their own voice activation, which I have not tried yet.
It is pretty large. Much larger than a regular light switch. The installation allows it to be offset so that it can be installed on one side or the other of a multiswitch wallplate. That being said, you would need their custom wallplates that extend to the height of their device.
I also have Brilliant switches on pre-order. From the pictures, they look smaller and more refined for multi-switch locations. However, I believe they use Linux as an operating system and they would have to make their own version of every application that you want to use. As far as I know, they only have announced Sonos and maybe a couple thermostat compatibilities For me, it’s nice to have full access to my actual SmartThings app and control my stereo with it’s app through my BrightSwitch. I don’t anticipate the Brilliant Switch having a whole lot of compatible devices being able to be controlled through it right off the bat. They are currently giving a generic Fall 2018 availability, This doesn’t make me very confident they will be shipping before the year is over, since their previous estimate was September of last year.
If people have specific questions about the BrightSwitch, I may be able help you out.