Lucis Nubryte

The Good The NuBryte Touchpoint combines smart lighting controls with a camera that'll watch your place when you're gone and a responsive touchscreen.

The Bad NuBryte's touchscreen, camera, and microphone are all underutilized. You can't control any devices other than the lights wired to the switch. You also can't issue voice commands, customize scenes or even see your place from afar with a live feed.

The Bottom Line The NuBryte Touchpoint has a somewhat unique combination of features, but none of the pieces of the combination are good enough on their own to make NuBryte worth your consideration.

Editors' Rating
  • Features 5.0
  • Usability 5.0
  • Design 7.0
  • Performance 6.0
5.7 Overall

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Review

NuBryte's combo of features doesn't add up to much

From its spot on your wall, the NuBryte Touchpoint turns your light switch into a colorful canvas that promises to be your "all-in-one" smart home solution. Primarily a smart light switch and a security device with a camera, NuBryte can also help you keep your life organized with a calendar, weather info, alarms and timers. It has an iOS and Android app for remote functionality. Plus, if you have multiple units, you can use them as intercoms.

Right now, though, the $250 NuBryte Touchpoint (or $260 for a two panel switch) doesn't work with much -- just Amazon's assistant, Alexa, and Google Calendar -- so the problem with placing NuBryte at the center of your smart home is that it can't really control any smart home devices. The similar $100 Wink Relay works with light bulbs, thermostats, cameras, smoke detectors, switches and more from a variety of manufacturers. NuBryte controls the lights its wired to -- that's it.

NuBryte is mostly competent at everything it does, but it doesn't match up with the best devices in any individual smart category. It's not as good of a smart switch as the $60 Lutron switches ($160 for a two switch starter kit), or as good of a security device as the $200 Nest Cam, or as good of a central smart home device as either the Wink Relay or the Amazon Echo. The startup behind NuBryte -- Lucis Technologies based in Silicon Valley -- is hard at work updating their flagship product, but I don't recommend the expensive NuBryte Touchpoint until it masters at least one of its many tricks.

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