Brightswitch User's Guide
 
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INTRODUCTION

 
 
 
Congratulations on receiving your new Brightswitch products!
 
Brightswitch is an Android tablet with sensors married to a high voltage base.  It runs the Brightswitch operating system on startup or when restarted.
 
Brightswitch is a 3-Way high voltage AC dimmer. It can be used in 2-Way, 3-Way or 4-Way configurations with traditional switches, however Brightswitch cannot replace a 4-Way switch, only 2-Way or 3-Way switches.
 
Each Brightswitch has five light locations that it can control. The first light is always connected to the Brightswitch base.  This means that Brightswitch can turn on or off and dim one high voltage AC connection. The other 4 lights are either Brightswitches or ZWave switches.
 
Brightswitch has a speaker, microphone, temperature sensor, people sensor (PIR) and camera.
 
Each Brightswitch has included Security and Intercom functions.  Brightswitch can also run two other standard Android Apps.
 
To receive "over the air" updates or to interact directly with Brightswitch over the web, it must have its Wi-Fi connected to the internet and be registered at www.mybrightswitch.com. Mybrightswitch provides download of new backgrounds, software updates and remote control of dim and on/off functions. Please see Online in this manual for more.
 
Traditional Switches and Brightswitch ("Bright")
 
The Brightswitch base can be used as either a conventional 2 way (One switch-one light) or a conventional 3-Way/4-Way (Two or more switches-one light) switch. Brightswitch will sense the status of the other switches in a multiple switch system and always display the correct on/off state. Only use one dimmer switch, whether it is Brightswitch or another dimmer.  During startup dimming can be set to enabled or disabled. (It can also be changed later by going to the General Configure Switch Screen.)
 
Brightswitches ("Brights") in a WiFi Network
 
When linked to a Wi-Fi network Brights automatically find each other in a matter of seconds.  Once they do, they can communicate many things between them including Intercom audio, streaming audio and video in Security, and lighting control. 
 
For example, every Bright knows about all the other Brights if they are all connected to the same WiFi network. This means you can assign any other Bright to any of the extra four switch positions on each Bright. After that you can control the other Bright high voltage connection at your local Bright, even though they are not wired together.
 
Since each Bright is smart they will each save and share information about the others.  This means that for example if you replace a Brightswitch face on an existing base, the new Brightswitch can resume the identity of the old one. It also means the network can do some neat tricks, like configure Z-Wave in one Bright from another Bright, without physically traveling to it.
 
Brightswitch and Z-Wave
 
Each Bright has a Z-Wave controller built in and can also be controlled by other Z-Wave controllers.  This means that up to four Z-Wave light switches can be added to each Bright.  It also means each Bright can both be controlled by and control other Brights over Z-Wave. 
 
A neat trick is that Brights automatically share information.  If for example you have added a Z-Wave light to the living room Bright, you can add that switch to the Bedroom Bright just from selecting it from a list, even if the two Brights are not on the same Z-Wave network!
 
The normal configuration is that each Bright has its own Z-Wave network. However, if Brights can reach each other over Z-Wave they can be linked together in one network.
 
If in one network, Brights can control each other over both Wi-Fi AND Z-Wave.  This creates a redundant system where even if Wi-Fi is down, the Brights still control each other.
 
Also, Brights can be included in a Z-Wave hub network you may already have.  In this case, the hub network is used, and local Brightswitch Z-Wave networks are not created or used.  The great part about this is that Brights can still link to and control each other over Wi-Fi. Specific information for how to do this with various hubs is listed later in the User Guide under the Z-Wave topic headings.
 
*Press and hold the Home icon on any screen to bring up the volume control.*
 
**Please note all Trademarked names used anywhere in this manual are the property of their respective owners.**
Brightswitch email at: support@getbrightswitch.com
Brightswitch phone at : 1-844-412-2532
 
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