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BrightData Deep Dive

Published: 2024-06-12

Written By Owen Crisp


In this guide, we’ll look deeper into the residential upstream Bright Data and some of the provider's technical specifics. BrightData offers an excellent option for quality residential IP addresses with a moderate to large residential pool size.

Company Overview

BrightData, formerly known as Luminati Networks, is a large upstream proxy provider based in Israel. It was formed in 2014. Bright Data's residential pool consists of an impressive 72M IP addresses.

IP Availability and Supply

Bright Data’s residential proxy pool is built from 72M IPs spanning 195 countries. Bright Data’s supply is one of the largest at Rampage. Here’s a list of popular countries with good IP availability:

  • USA
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • France
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • Japan

All IPs are ethically sourced from real residential devices through Bright Data’s peer-to-peer opt-in SDK network.

Proxy Speed and Performance

We tested each residential provider so that you don't need to. Rampage endeavours to create fair, thorough, and reproducible tests to ensure each provider can be compared against another. Please note, your results may vary based on your individual factors when setting up.

Using a server hosted in a german datacenter, we tested 10,000 rotating proxies across 5 popular locations. These locations were picked to represent popular locations and give global coverage. The locations we used to test all providers were the following:

  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong

Our testing suite checks the proxy connection against IpInfo to remain as impartial as possible. We use the information collected from the request, along with IP enrichment data from IpInfo to provide a clear picture of the proxy.

In addition to the usual metrics, we have provided the standard deviation of the response times. A smaller standard deviation suggests that the scores are tightly clustered around the mean, indicating greater consistency or precision in the measurements.

Finally, this script also records the number of unique IP addresses per region tested, as this can be used as a judgement for the diversity of the IP pool. Here’s the results from the tests of Bright Data:

CountryTotal TestsTotal SuccessesTotal FailuresSuccess PercentageTotal Unique IP AddressesFastest SpeedLowest SpeedAverage SpeedStandard Deviation
United States10,0009,55644495.56%8,9980.79 seconds25.41 seconds5.45 seconds2.20 seconds
United Kingdom10,0009,75025097.50%9,0831.12 seconds24.25 seconds5.91 seconds1.79 seconds
Canada10,0009,68931196.89%4,7702.15 seconds27.47 seconds6.06 seconds1.88 seconds
Germany10,0009,79920197.99%5,9170.89 seconds20.26 seconds5.94 seconds1.92 seconds
Hong Kong10,0009,88111998.81%1,1591.27 seconds15.29 seconds2.88 seconds1.89 seconds

Finally, we’ve collected the averages across all 5 geo’s:

  • Fastest Proxy Speed: 1.24 seconds
  • Lowest Proxy Speed: 22.53 seconds
  • Average Proxy Speed: 5.24 seconds
  • Standard Deviation: 1.93 seconds
  • Success Rate: 97.35%

Location and Targeting Options

Bright Data currently supports only worldwide, country-level targeting as its location options. This is selectable via the dashboard when generating your proxies. There is currently no support for precision targeting, such as ISP/City/State with our Bright Data supply. For transparency, targeting options doubles the price of Bright Data- this would make it very difficult to provide access at the reduced cost that we do.


Per our dashboard, these proxies can be generated in static and rotating varieties from a mix of pre-set country pools. The default session time for static proxies for Bright Data is up to 30 minutes; however, due to the dynamic nature of these proxies, we cannot guarantee the sessions are active at that time.


Bright Data is popular amongst Rampage users for its great value, quality, and versatility. It is currently available for purchase starting at $5.30 a gigabyte, dropping to $4.4 per gigabyte for those with a Rampage Retail subscription. In bulk and monthly committed purchases, prices can become lower. Please contact us directly for this pricing.

Here's how Bright Data stacks up pricing wise, compared to the other providers on the dashboard: BrightData.png

All other provider pricing can be found here.

Suggested Use Cases

Bright Data’s large pool of residential IPs offers a versatile and excellent value proposition to various use cases. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of potential use cases for Bright Data’s residential proxies:

  • Competitor analysis: Anonymously collect information on competitor businesses to keep ahead of the curve.
  • Bypassing geo-restrictions: Circumvent any location restrictions by using geo-located IP addresses.
  • Large-scale web-scraping: collects a large amount of information from all corners of the web without rate limits or restrictions.

Other popular use cases for Bright Data include sneaker botting, ticket brokerage, betting odds automation and more.

Pros and Cons

Pros of Bright Data

Bright Data offers one of the best prices/availability in the Rampage product lineup. At its cheapest, $4.4/GB, the IP diversity and pool sizes shine bright amongst other providers, sitting at a perfect middle ground amongst our products (Rampage Residential, for example).

Whilst not the cheapest provider in the lineup, it stands miles above others, such as Packet Stream, in IP quality and availability, especially its worldwide coverage.

Cons of Bright Data

Despite such a large IP diversity, The lack of targeting due to supply costs means cannot truly geo-locatewith precision targeting methods. This makes the provider unsuitable for those who require this as part of their operations, where precision is the deal breaker when choosing a residential provider.

In addition, the pricing can put Bright Data out of the question when searching for a value provider to use a scale. Those who experience extreme bandwidth usage might find better value in other, cheaper providers at the expense of IP diversity.

What Others Say

We're impartial and keen to share the voice of others and their views on our providers. Bright Data holds an impressive 4.8/5 star level on Capterra and a great 4.6 overall on Trustpilot. Here's a series of reviews taken directly from reputable sites such as TrustPilot, G2, and Capterra:

Excellent service: We were served in the best way possible: quickly and assertively. Thank you very much!

Professionalism, dedication, kindness: When I approached BrightData a year ago, I was afraid they would dismiss me as not interesting or profitable enough. We're a non-profit with recurring needs for web crawling, data extraction and proxy solutions. Not only was I welcomed like a king, I was told our organisation was eligible to join the Bright Data Initiative, which provides its services at little to no costs.

High quality proxies with flexible pricing: Highest quality by reasonable price, high usage control.

Executive Summary

Bright Data is an excellent option for users seeking top-quality residential IP addresses. Boasting an impressive residential proxy pool comprising 72 million IP addresses sourced from real residential devices across 195 countries. The provider's commitment to ethical sourcing through its peer-to-peer opt-in SDK network ensures the legitimacy and reliability of its IP addresses.

Despite its strengths, Bright Data does have limitations, particularly in geo-locating abilities, which may not meet the precision requirements of particular use cases. Additionally, its pricing may present a potential blocker for users seeking more cost-effective options for high/extreme bandwidth.

If you'd like to learn more about this providers features and compare options, more information can be found here.

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