Smart Switches, Dimmers, Bulbs, and Plugs

Build a custom smart lighting system to complement other smart apartment features like smart locks, sensors, and thermostats. Use smart lighting to conserve energy and improve safety—and help residents to feel more at home

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Save energy while elevating the resident experience

Energy efficiency

Show off vacant and model units with artful lighting that turns itself off after a showing to keep your energy bills low.

Modern amenities

Attract and retain renters who want the luxury of smart lighting and accessories without having to buy their own smart devices.

More convenience

Use preset automations to prepare a unit for a showing or allow residents to create a “goodnight” routine—all with a single command.

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How to choose smart lighting systems for your multifamily community

Smart lighting components like dimmers and switches require complex installation, while others—like bulbs—may not. So you have flexibility to offer different kinds of smart lighting to residents.

Dimmers & switches

Built-in control

Dimmers and switches are installed directly into walls, giving residents built-in control of their home’s fixtures. When a simple on or off flick will do, install a switch. But for elevated lighting, install dimmers so residents can find the perfect brightness for any situation.

Light bulbs

Control individual bulbs

Smart light bulbs are ideal for when you want individual control of a single bulb rather than a section or an entire roomful of lights. Using smart bulbs in conjunction with the SmartRent app allows you to illuminate specific aspects of a model unit while keeping other lights off to save energy.


Control lamps and accessories

Smart plugs are ideal for controlling stand-alone lamps and accessories. Residents can bring their own fixtures and plug them in like normal, then turn everything on and off from the SmartRent app.

Frequently Asked Questions

Smart light switches are installed in an apartment’s walls, just like regular light switches. The difference is that in addition to controlling them manually, you have the option to control them remotely using an app.

Smart dimmers are also installed in walls, but instead of simply switching the lights on and off, you can dim them so lighting can be softer for dining, movies, or nightlights.

Smart light switches are wired into a home’s electrical system, just like a normal light switch. They also connect wirelessly to a hub like SmartRent’s, so you can control them remotely through our app. Using a hub also allows smart light switches to communicate with other devices in the home, like a smart thermostat or smart lock. When you combine these devices, you can create automated routines that turn the lights off, adjust the temperature, and lock the door—all with a single command or at a specific time each day.

Yes. Many smart switches and dimmers automatically turn lights off when residents leave the room for a time, saving electricity. Additionally, dimmers allow you to use lights at less than full power, rather than making you always turn them on at full blast even when you don’t need that much light.

Smart outlets are installed into a wall just like a regular outlet and connect to the internet. They draw a tiny amount of power to stay connected to the internet, but this amount is negligible compared to the possible energy savings.

A smart plug gives residents the same ability to remotely control regular lamps and appliances as a smart outlet, but smart plugs don’t require installation. You just plug them into a regular outlet for power and connect them wirelessly to the SmartRent hub.

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