The Switchmate Bright is the next generation of Switchmate automated light switches. If you own one of the original or even used one of them the Bright makes some great improvements over the original. Even though the Bright makes some improvements, the technology is not without its limitations. Keep reading to find out if the Switchmate Bright will work for you.
Overall the Bright makes some great improvements in the design and function of the original. The first thing you will notice is the Bright is much slimmer then it’s predecessor. This allows it to be used on multiple gang switch plates, something I’m going to bet most of us have in our homes. The next big difference is the actual button. On the original model, it was a large push button. On this model, you get an upgrade to a touch button. The new touch button has a much better feel than the older model and improves the quality of the device.
The Bright switch has all the same features of the original with one addition, a motion sensor. Along with the timers, there are quite a few ways to automate your switch without a hub or controller. The motion sensor works as well as you would expect, and it has some great options in the app for how long the light will stay on. The biggest downside to the switch is basically a limit of the technology, you can only pair it with one phone at a time. While I don’t personally have experience pairing the Switchmate hardware with the Wink Hub 2, I have heard from several owners saying they have had an on again off (Just be glad that’s the only pun, trust me I had to show some restraint) again type relationship when it comes to firmware updates causing issues with the communication between the hub and the switch.
While neither of the Switchmate devices perform the same as a Z-Wave switch, they really aren’t even close to the same when it comes to installation. The Switchmate Bright is just as easy to install as its predecessor with a couple of added features as a bonus. If you either can’t or don’t want to replace the whole switch, the Switchmate Bright is a great option.
Budget Smart Home Rating: 9/10
A Special thanks to Switchmate for providing a review unit for BSH.