Smart home technology is revolutionizing the way we engage with and control home appliances, accessories, lighting, and more. Some smart devices and systems require the sort of structural changes and hardwiring that renters should avoid. But the smart home market features plenty of renter-friendly gadgets that facilitate the convenience, savings, and peace of mind for which smart home technology is known. Here are six useful smart-home devices that are unlikely to violate your lease agreement. If there’s ambiguity about whether something could get you into trouble, consult management before installing.
Automation Control Hub
A smart home hub streamlines automated gadgets for easier smartphone or voice control. Today’s leading control hubs are Amazon’s Echo, Apple’s HomeKit, and Samsung’s SmartThings. Choose the hub that’s compatible with the greatest number of smart home gadgets you currently use or intend to buy.
A Belkin WeMo Smart Plug or iSwitch can automate just about any plug-in device or accessory in your apartment. But smart plugs work best with devices with physical controls that don’t reset each time they’re turned off work best. Simply plug the gadget into an outlet, link it to your phone, and set connected devices to your preferred settings. Now you can control your smart plug connected devices from anywhere.
Easy-Install Smart Lights
Smart LED bulbs are among the field’s better developed gadgets. For just $20, purchase a TP-Link bulb you can turn on, off, dim, or brighten via your smartphone or home assistant. Splurge on Philips Hue smart light kit, and you can enjoy the same benefits with color-changing bulbs. The Nanoleaf Aurora, a design-centric product composed of triangular, color-changing LED panels, is another hot renter-friendly smart home gadget.