Review of the Leviton Decora Smart Mini Plug-In Dimmer (2nd generation, D23LP-2RW) in 2023

Cupertino, October 17, 2023

When we reviewed the Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi Mini Plug-in Outlet in 2020, we were impressed with the ease of use and the smart plug's support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT, but we wanted it to report on energy consumption and offer integration with Apple HomeKit. With support for the smart home interoperability standard Matter, the Leviton Decora Smart Mini Plug-In Dimmer D23LP-2RW works with even more automation platforms, including HomeKit and SmartThings, in addition to Alexa and Google. This plug provides dimming capabilities for all kinds of indoor spaces and light bulbs. However, it still does not provide information on power usage and is relatively expensive at $42.58 for a single plug. On the other hand, TP-Link's Matter-compatible Kasa KP125M offers better value with two plugs for a similar price, multi-platform support via Matter, energy consumption reports, and remains our preferred choice for smart plugs.

The Decora D23LP-2RW is designed for lighting and small lighting fixtures, featuring a two-prong socket rather than the usual three-prong socket. It is suitable for lighting fixtures with LED and CFL lamps up to 100 watts and incandescent lamps up to 300 watts. The plug has a compact size of 1.3 by 3.1 by 1.1 inches (HWD) and includes a power button and LED indicator for connectivity status. The back of the plug has a two-pin plug and a Matter QR code. It features a Bluetooth radio for pairing with the app and a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio for connecting to your home network. The LED indicator flashes green in setup mode, glows solid green when plugged in and functioning properly, and flashes red when no longer paired.

As a Matter device, the D23LP-2RW is compatible with various home automation platforms, including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and SmartThings. It supports voice commands from Alexa, Google, and Siri, as well as third-party devices that use IFTTT applets. It can be combined with a Leviton Decora Anywhere Dimmer Companion device for three-way control of lighting in multiple locations. However, unlike the TP-Link Kasa KP125M, the D23LP-2RW does not provide energy consumption reports.

You can control the plug using the My Leviton app on Android and iOS devices. The app displays the current status, dimmer level, and provides controls for power and settings. The settings menu allows you to configure wireless settings, update firmware, identify the device with a flashing LED, and view the Matter QR code for pairing. The advanced settings allow you to customize the LED indicator, configure night preferences for dimming, create schedules for dimming or turning on the light at specific times, and set fade-on/fade-off timing and dimming range. The Auto Shutoff feature allows you to set a timer for automatic turn off.

The app also allows you to create light scenes and set on/off schedules. You can access account information, enable notifications, add users, and view help files through the app's menu.

Installing the D23LP-2RW plug is fast and straightforward. You need to download the My Leviton app, create an account, and add the device through the Dashboard screen. The app guides you through the pairing process via Bluetooth and connecting to your home Wi-Fi network.

To integrate the plug with Apple Home, you can use the Home app and scan the Matter code. For Alexa integration, link your My Leviton account through the virtual assistant app.

In our tests, the D23LP-2RW plug performed flawlessly. It responded quickly to app commands and voice commands from Alexa and Siri. It seamlessly worked with automation routines and schedules. Apple HomeKit scenes functioned as intended.

If you're looking for a smart plug with dimming capabilities for small lighting fixtures, the Leviton Decora Smart Mini Plug-In Dimmer D23LP-2RW is a reliable choice. It integrates with various smart home platforms and offers features like preset brightness, night settings, and auto shut-off. However, it is relatively expensive and does not provide energy consumption information. For that, we recommend the TP-Link Kasa KP125M, which offers energy consumption reporting, Matter support, and includes two plugs for a similar price.

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