HomeKit accessories for tenants
If you’re a tenant, you’ve probably experienced a bit of smart housing envy when you hear about the wonderful ways homeowners have improved their lives with HomeKit-accepted locks, garage door openers, ceiling fans, and more. However, just because you rent doesn’t mean you can’t sign up for reindeer games. Here are some of the best smart accessories to make your home smarter without driving your owner crazy.
Philips actually makes a variety of smart lighting accessories compatible with HomeKit. We suggest you start with the Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit, as it includes everything you need to connect to the HomeKit. Even if it’s inexpensive to get started, once you’ve invested in a Hue Bridge, the cost of purchasing smart lighting will go down. You can use Siri to turn the lights on and off, and even create funny scenes and powerful automation.
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A smart plug is a less expensive alternative to a smart bulb and offers more versatility. Not only can you plug the light into it, but also the coffee maker, fan, stereo or anything else electrical. Belkin’s Wemo Mini is a high-quality HomeKit-compatible smart connector that can be set up in just minutes. This compact plug is small enough to allow two to be installed in the same outlet.
The Logitech Circle View camera is great for home security, thanks to its high-definition video and support for HomeKit Secure Video. HomeKit Secure Video uses your iCloud storage plan to store 10 days of cloud recordings and provides smart notifications that can filter people, vehicles, or animals. The motion sensor built into the room can also be used to trigger other actions in the HomeKit, such as turning on the lights when entering a room.
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August’s smart Wi-Fi lock is designed to work with existing hardware, making it look like everything is still original from the outside. While this may require your owner’s approval, adding the smart Wi-Fi lock in August will still allow them to access your site without having to obtain a new key. HomeKit support is included in the box, allowing you to set up convenience features, such as automatic unlocking on arrival at home.
This compact and completely wireless sensor from Eve is the key to creating hands-free automation, such as turning on the lights in the house when you enter. Eve Motion uses Bluetooth, connecting directly to the Home hub or iOS device, which means it can be activated in seconds with a quick scan of the association code from the Home app. The best part of this sensor is that it works both indoors and outdoors, which makes it one of the most flexible around.
These will not upset the owner
HomeKit functionality opens the door to scenes, automation and Siri, and tenants can join in the fun with a wide variety of owner-friendly devices. Whether it’s smart light bulbs, locks or plugs, there are plenty of options available that don’t require an electrician or changes.
Are you looking for HomeKit compatible lighting and don’t need to replace existing light switches? The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance starter kit receives our recommendation, as all you need to do is install a light bulb in the bodies that already exist in your home. This Philips Hue line is remarkable for its reliability and sensitivity, and additional accessories such as a dark remote control, can be added after you set the starter set.
Want an easy way to add a few smarts to a small appliance, fan or lamp? Check out the Wemo Mini Smart Plug, which is a cost-effective solution, easy to set up and small enough to allow two of them to be installed in the same outlet. Whatever devices you choose, these HomeKit accessories are sure to be a hit in your home and do so without worrying about whether or not to approve the owner.
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