You can make a rental apartment feel like yours with décor and personal touches, but you can also put your own spin on it by adding more modern touches, like smart plugs and Amazon Alexa-compatible devices. Here are three simple ways to modernize your space with smart technology.

Bluetooth-Controlled Lighting

Philips has several BlueTooth-controlled lighting options, including a floor light and table light that don’t require any special installation. One plugged in, you can control these lights from an app on your smartphone. You can make the lights flash, dim, brighten, and change colors in sync with media like music and movies – and, they work with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant when paired with a compatible Google Nest or Amazon Echo device.

Virtual Voice-Controlled Assistant

There are plenty of voice-controlled assistants to choose from these days, including Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. If you have an Amazon Echo product or Google home device in your apartment, you can use one of the helpful virtual assistants to turn on music, set alarms, check the weather each morning, and so much more.

Smart Plugs

Smart plugs are great for renters who can’t make any substantial changes to their living space. All you do is plug the smart plug into an outlet. Then, anything you plug into that outlet can be controlled with an app or voice commands, if you use Amazon Alexa. You can turn lights on and off, control your humidifier, and even schedule your coffee pot to turn on at a designated time with help from smart plugs. The best part? They’re not very expensive and you can order them from Amazon.