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Brilliant turns your light switches into connected-home hubs

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Brilliant plugs directly into your home's existing light-switch ports, and it controls a slew of smart home devices, including lights, the Ring doorbell, Nest thermostat, Sonos speakers, Amazon Alexa and more. This is a control panel built for everyday folks, rather than businesses, and it has a price to match. A single Brilliant panel starts at $200 and maxes out at $350 for a four-switch set (that's $50 for each additional switch). The whole shebang will be available at the end of February.

The basic Brilliant panel features a touchscreen, camera and microphone. This allows users to see who's at the door via the Ring doorbell (and unlock it, if you like what you see), or start a video intercom conversation with someone in another room (if you have two Brilliant switches, that is). You can also ask Alexa to do things via Brilliant, and the company promises Google Assistant compatibility is on its way. Brilliant connects to Sonos speakers for now, though developers plan to add standard Bluetooth connectivity down the line.

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