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Brilliant Smart Wi-Fi Plug with USB Charger $15 @ Bunnings

1300
  • Use with App, Google Home & Alexa from anywhere
  • Program On Off and Timing
  • IFTTT to work with other Smart Products
  • Includes USB charger
  • Fully supported Smart App with 24 hour support

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  • +13 votes

    Has been this price at local Brisbane store for some time.

  • +4 votes

    What are some helpful ways people are using these? I might not be thinking out the box as I can only resort automation for lighting.

    • +1 vote

      Swimming pool pump.

      • +3 votes

        So you leave the pool setup to manually on and use this to trigger it on and off?
        What's the advantage over just using the timer on the pump system?

        • +8 votes

          My pool's pump timer, on the chlorinator box, is broken. These devices also enable turning on/off from a distance, and many more on/off cycles throughout the day.

        • +2 votes

          My pool pump only runs when the solar pv system is exporting enough to cover the pool pump. If there isn't enough power on one day it will make up the difference on the next day(s). System uses TP-Link switch but could just as easily use one of these.

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            @not a bargain: Tell me more. Do you manually check how much you arr exporting and turn it on? Otherwise, how does it know?

            • +12 votes

              @Spootage: I have a power monitoring system that monitors the PV output and the house consumption. You need some hardware, but the software is open source and I run it on a Raspberry Pi. http://openenergymonitor.org/

              The information is imported into Node Red and I run a program on that to control the pump.

              • +4 votes

                @not a bargain: Upvoted your comment. I reckon me and the other 3 upvoters are having no clue what you are talking about but it's really cool

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                @not a bargain: Can you tell me more about hardware? I'd like to try this with my oversized hot water system.

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                  @jsheroes: Does you hot water system have a normal power point? Generally they don't and they are often 15 Amp. Apparently some hot water systems can have a lower power element fitted. I am not sure if hot water services need to be direct wired, rather than via power point. There are system that support the direct wired, but they work out to be fairly expensive, plus you require an electrician.

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                    @not a bargain: Yep, my HWS is plugged into a GPO - is a heat pump and relatively low draw.

                    • +1 vote

                      @jsheroes: Heat pumps aren't meant to be regularly turned off and on at the GPO. You should find out from the manufacturer if this a suitable thing to do with your unit. Otherwise there might be remote control or trigger circuit that can be controlled. If the unit has a built in timer, then you could just set to operate during the hours when there is the most sun and least load in the rest of the house. The saving you obtain by trying to exactly control the heat pump HWS for lowest cost/least emissions are going to be relatively small as the system is already very efficient.

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                        @not a bargain: Yeah, I already have the inbuilt timer set to daylight hours and realise the potential savings are minimal. But as I'm a massive geek, I have occasionally thought that it would be fun if instead of a timer the switch was activated by a weather forecast or actual solar export level.

          • +5 votes

            @not a bargain: I've also been playing with a Raspberry Pi and a float in the pool, so that the pump turns on for 30mins whenever anyone (jumps) in the pool. But, darn ducks!

            • +3 votes

              @chrism238: I use a similar one (sonoff) to control the Christmas tree lights on and off at that time of year. The power plug is right behind the tree so it's a real pain to get behind the tree to turn it on off off. It's also pretty cool to ask Google to turn on the Christmas tree!

    • +4 votes

      I use it for my lamp in the bedroom, where I can still reach the button on the switch, or use my voice. Handy rather than life changing.

      If I had more, I would put one on my iron so it can start up at the same time every day when I'm ready to iron a shirt, but again, handy rather than life changing.

      • +9 votes

        Trusting a device to switch your iron on automatically ? you are brave

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        Be careful with the iron. I have a lamp on the brilliant plug and for some reason, it turns itself on at 3am some mornings, when I have not asked it to.

      • +2 votes

        I love the fact you iron a shirt at the same time every day

        • +1 vote

          Do you get out of bed at the same time every day? It isn't compulsive, but I get up at the same time every day, eat the same thing for breakfast every day, take my dogs for the same walk every day, do the same exercises every day, iron a shirt every day, make my daughter breakfast every day (she gets on board by getting up at the same time every day), and leave for work at the same time every day.

          There is a couple of minutes variation each day, but everything runs at the same rhythms. While on the subject of setting up routines, I also have my smart lights turn on in the kitchen for when I wake up (on dim), get brighter when my daughter wakes up, then go off when the sun takes over.

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            @pdtmathieson: As a builder mine is the opposite. Generally up between 5 and 8 starting between 6 and 9. Sometimes a little earlier and will start 6 month nightshift before chrissy

    • +7 votes

      With Google Routines you can trigger smart switches etc via voice commands or even integrate into your alarms. For example I have a smart plug hooked up to my coffee machine and a routine that triggers with my 6AM alarm to turn it on. This way it can get to the required pressure level while I'm getting ready to leave for work. Turning off is linked into a "Goodbye" routine that switches off most of the power points/lights in the house.

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        Do you have all power points on local network?

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          All my smart devices (power points and Google Home minis currently) are isolated on a separate network from the rest of the house. Safer that way.

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            @Rhuarcian: How do I get my coffe machine to turn on 10 minutes before my alarm?

            • +1 vote

              @abuch47: The couple of smart plugs I have use the eWeLink app, which lets me set schedules for when they turn on/off. But since access to them is shared to my Google app I don't usually bother with setting a separate schedule in another app and just let the coffee machine trigger with my first alarm (it's rare I drag myself out of bed immediately).

    • +6 votes

      Turning the coffee machine on from comfort of bed, or when 10 minutes from getting home.

      • +2 votes

        Same here

        We have a google home mini in the bedromm and I tell it to turn on the kettle when I get up in the morning so by the time I get dressed and walk into the kitchen the kettle has boiled

    • +2 votes

      I have one set up that I use for a Fan or Heater in the bedroom. So I ask Google to turn on or off Anytime I Need. I also set a Max on time of 6 hours so if I forgot to turn it off it will automatically be turned off by the 6 hrs..
      Also I have a stupid mibox 3 that I constantly restart, so I put it behind that so I can ask Google to turn off and on, saves me finding the power every other time I use it.

      • +1 vote

        The Mibox TV 3 has chromecast built in so you can rename it in settings and tell google to turn it on or off without the extra plug in device. I simply call mine TV as it's connected to the main screen in my living room. Because the Mibox and screen communicate via HDMI it turns the screen on and off too with the one command.

        I've been having to restart the Mibox a bit too lately, not sure if it's the app I'm using or not but video appears jittery after watching a few shows in a row.

    • +1 vote

      My tv is to big to turn the power off from the back.

    • +4 votes

      Garden lights. Transformer is plugged into smart switch, so schedules can be set up to turn lights on at sunset, off at certain time. Or linked to a button in a more accessible place than where the plug is located (mines in the garage).

    • +8 votes

      Home Alone style booby traps.

    • +2 votes

      Indoor Farm/Grow room

      I have 9 of these - (from previous OZB Officeworks Post)

      Use for LED Lights, fans, exhaust fans, germination heat pads etc.

      Brilliant are Brilliant IMO

      Having said that, didn't support iOS 13 for a while, and that was annoying, but perhaps I shouldn't be using my primary iOS device to Beta test new versions of iOS.

    • +1 vote

      I use these to power cycle my xiaomi hubs, at time when i'm at home. Hubs perform better if switched off and on. No other cheap solution allows power cycling in 60 sec interval. I would have loved to power cycle in 5 sec but 60secs ain't too bad.

    • +2 votes

      I recently bought a vaporiser (for colds etC) and only afterwards realised it didnt have an on/off switch. I was able to chuck it on one of these and now can control the vaporiser in my daughter's room remotely, has been a great outcome. I also have it scheduled to auto switch off at 6am every day in case I left it on.

    • +2 votes
      • 2 oil burners, they come on in the morning with a routine when i say "Alexa good morning" and turn off in 2 hours "or" if my phone leaves the house area. This way they are not running when i'm asleep or not home.

      • A garden pond with waterfall water feature, comes on at sunrise and off a sunset. Old non-smart timer i had to keep adjusting throughout the year as the sunrise/sunset times change.

      • I have solar hot water plus a PV solar system. In winter the hot water needs boosting by electricity, so i only do it when the sun is shining. I can say "Alexa, hot water 50 minutes" which saves going down the stairs and flipping the switch then setting a manual timer to go back down and turn it off.

      That's just a few different things, i also use it for the normal stuff like turning appliances off at night and on in the day when the solar is producing, controlling hard to reach switches etc.

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      My bar fridge in my outdoor kitchen doesn't have a front switch so turning it off when not in use (e.g. winter) means pulling out the fridge to unplug. This makes it much easier.

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      I've got one connected to the air intake fan in my apartment. Can now heat via the wi-fi enabled heater, and cool it somewhat (air intake is on the shady side). I've also got one on my coffee machine to preheat in the mornings, and to let me heat it when I'm walking home from the bus stop when I want it. There's another on a salt lamp and a lamp in the guest room. I've got a TP-Link one with energy monitoring on the TV. I can also add one to our dryer when I want to pre-load it and have it just start earlier in the morning (the dryer doesn't have a built-in delay).

      You could also connect it to powerboards and then have a whole bunch of devices turn off when you leave the house. They seem to use around 1-5W, depending on the model, so as long as the standby drain offsets that it counts as an energy saving (if the alternative was just leaving them all off).

      Part of the usefulness is then grouping things in Google Home, and being able to turn off whole chunks of the house with a single command.

    • +2 votes

      I have a lamp in the lounge/dinning area where the On/Off switch is hard to get to. It turns on at 6.00am when i get up and off at 6.30am when i leave the house, this eliminates the need for me to turn on extra lighting in the morning. I also have the lamp turn on at 5.30ish at night and off at 10.30.

      Every now and then i just adjust the night time schedule to align with sunset. Going into summer i will turn off the AM schedule.

      • +1 vote

        Damn I got to do this my LeDs are way to bright and this is cheaper than going through the process of dimmer switches by a sparky.

    • +1 vote

      I use a similar one (sonoff) to control the Christmas tree lights on and off at that time of year. The power plug is right behind the tree so it's a real pain to get behind the tree to turn it on off off. It's also pretty cool to ask Google to turn on the Christmas tree!

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      Use this to control subfloor ventilation fan, adjust on and off time without having to crawl into the subfloor compared to a manual timer.

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      (-) Slow cooker…put it to come on late morning so things are well cooked but not black for dinner.
      (-) Hard to reach places - eg a PowerPoint or powerboards behind furniture
      (-) funnily enough I use it to turn WiFi off. My setup is the default ISP modem router with WiFi disabled, which I hook up to it my main router via smart switch. So internet can go down with only device functioning is the main hardwire router that is right at source.
      Control it to turn on via mobile data.

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      I really like this switch, the usb charge point is nice to have. I have the TV turn on at 6, turn off at 11. I can hey google to turn on and off. It's a nice product.

  • +2 votes

    I have the 2 x Brilliant downlights from Aldi and the 'Brilliant App' seems to work well. many differing options for various devices.
    Plus Google works very well with the downlights well.

    • +1 vote

      Oh those are good. I installed 13 of them last weekend. I am amazed how responsive they have, can switch on/off, change temperature, dim and bright them all through voice control or Tuya app. Works fantastic. Steal for $19.99 each light too.

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    How is the GUI interface for this?

    • +8 votes

      Graphical user interface interface?

    • +1 vote

      I don't bother with the specific app - they all seem to use rebranded Tuya Smart. Just get that app and pair it, since there are more devices you can add from various companies. It's not bad - the timer scroll is a little glitchy, but it all works quite well. It also integrates into Google Home for the on/off functionality after you set it up and connect the services.

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      You use the Brilliantsmart App from Itunes or Google play
      to setup and then connect to Google home or Alexa

      Once its set up you needed use the app again , just ask google or alexa to do its thing

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsSNgiZazzE

  • +5 votes

    Bought this last month by price match in officeworks.. ended up $14.25 I think..

  • +17 votes

    I have two oil burners timed to switch on during the day to run in daylight on solar.

    Another on on a lamp to mimic activity when we are away and a fourth on the TV to switch it off after I've called the kids in for dinner several times and they ignored my calls.

  • +1 vote

    The subwoofer amp on my small speaker set up make a buzzing sound when they're on, so I connected my smart plug with Alexa and simply say ,'Alexa, turn off Speaker'. Also, the timer function is great (the speakers automatically turn off at 1am, and back on at 5pm when I'm back home).

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      subwoofer amp on my small speaker set up make a buzzing sound

      so, not a critical music lover.

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    Can I use these instead of timers? E. G. To set a heater or fan for a certain period in the kids room?

    • +2 votes

      Yes you can. These have timers and schedulers and more. I've got a column heater setup so that it turns on when it's less than 6deg outside temperature. Works brilliantly* and it always turns on in the middle of the night when I switch the central heating off. Heater turns off when it's more than 8deg or at 8:30am when I'm not at home. Also got anther switch to switch off all my bedside appliances off, including electric blanket, when I'm out during the day.

      *pun intended

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        The timer is good.
        The Alexa/Google Assist is helpful.
        The USB charging is bonus (note - the USB power port is active no matter the status of the timer and/or Smart commands)

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        How do you control using the temperature?
        Any tips would be super helpful.
        Thanks

  • +3 votes

    I want to set up with my slow cooker. There is always somebody home but i dont want to disturb them for turning on or off. i will soak the lentils in cooker in the morning and turn it on at high 1 hr before reaching home.

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    I use mine to turn off my tanning bed after an hour for those times that I doze off.

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    Has anyone worked out the standby power draw on these? I'd love to use these to turn off devices from the wall when not in use but wonder if there is ample saving to do so? Also do these clog your wifi network at all? I have 0 experience with these, any assistance would be awesome! - I've collected a Google Home, Google Mini and Philips Hue Starter kit through OzB deals so I'd love to get them all up and running together..

    • +1 vote

      I've actually plugged it in a power analyser and it was drawing 0-1.4W of power at different times, not constant. So I guess these are pretty good for standby. Modern appliances draw very little standby power, but if you have some older amps and speakers then it's definitely an option. I've got over 15 wifi devices connected to my router and it hasn't slowed or interfered with my wifi.

    • +1 vote

      I got issues with clogging when I got a five pack of lights from Kogan plus two more lights plus five Google Home Minis plus my usual menagerie of devices. Had to increase the device limit on my router, but no real issue. They don't draw much bandwidth when not in use, I believe

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      Awesome feedback thanks heaps for that Slugoid and pdtmathieson, that's very little current draw. Out of curiousity what power analyser did you use? May be good to check standby appliances to measure if the wifi plug will work better or not. Pretty cool!

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        It's more of a those plug-in power meters for $20-30 rather than a proper power analyser that's hundreds of dollars, but it does a decent job for measuring power on home appliances.

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    Is the programmable on/off switch, for the outlet itself?

    I'm currently overseas visiting family and this can be very helpful here. When electricity goes off and the generator comes on several minutes after, we need to walk around the house turning off high consuming outlets, such as fridges, air-conditioning, etc around the house. Because the generator is designed for minimal use, such as lighting, fans, a couple of TV's on.

    Router is connected to a UPS, so internet doesn't disconnect. Theoretically, can someone in the second floor turn off all outlets connected to these smart-plugs using a phone once the generator turns on?

    Does the app support multiple outlets? Or does it only support one, as shown in the video on the Bunnings site?

    Would be much easier to just plug all big appliances around the house to these outlets, and turn them off when the generator is on, and switch them back on when the electricity comes back.