How to control your lights with Alexa?

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Because of its great range of capable devices and ease of use, Alexa is one of the most popular smart home systems available today. You can easily control your lights with Alexa from hundreds of different manufacturers via the app, speech, and other means.

This instruction will show you how to set up smart lights with Alexa, how to control them once they’re set up, and much more.

How to add devices to Alexa?

You’ll need to install Alexa skills for the devices you want Alexa to find. Unless you’re using a Zigbee-enabled Echo speaker. This is not a complicated function. But you will need login information for each of the smart device ecosystems you choose to connect to.

Because an Alexa skill connects your Amazon account to Lifx, Philips Hue, Hive, Nest, or whatever service you’re using. The simplest way to install the Alexa skill is to start the app, access the side menu, and then search for Skills & Games. The app will explain the process of entering your login information.

After you’ve set up your devices in their own ecosystems. It’s time to connect them to Alexa. You can handle this in two ways:

  1. Simply say to an Alexa-enabled speaker, “Alexa, discover my devices.”

2. Secondly, open the Amazon Alexa app, hit Devices in the bottom right corner, and then press the add button in the top right corner.

Alexa will scan your home network and use the well-before skills to find devices that you may wish to connect.

Any name you gave them in your app will be the codename when they’re pulled into the Alexa app – but those names can always be adjusted…

Why Connect your home with Alexa?

So, first and most importantly, why consider going to the trouble of purchasing Alexa-compatible devices? To speak the truth, when operating smart home gadgets from an Echo device, Alexa truly starts to make sense in your house.

Alexa is an expert at making smart home technology function together. It’s simple to create single command groups that can control multiple lights, plugs, and other devices together. This means a single command can set the atmosphere in your entire house. Whether you’re walking in the door, getting ready for some TV time, or just turning everything off before bed.

What is needed to control lights with Alexa?

Before you can control light, you must have at least one piece of hardware from this list that is Alexa-compatible, as well as the most recent version of the Alexa app. And/or an Amazon Echo or another device with Alexa built-in.
Alexa is suitable for a variety of smart lights. Including Philips Hue and LIFX lamps. We like them because they are good quality, dependable, and have a lot of functions. They are available in white and colorful models, with the latter paying more. But still provides fine whites and bright colors.

How do you turn the lights on with Alexa?

You’ll need the Alexa app to get started. It’s available for Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire tablets. If you own an Amazon Echo, you’ve obviously already downloaded the app.

Before you can turn on a light, you must first install your light bulb, plug, or switch. In some situations, you’ll need to first download the manufacturer’s app, make an account, then set up the device there.

After that, start the Alexa app and continue as follows:

  • 1. At the bottom, choose Devices.
  • 2. Now, in the upper right, touch the Plus icon.
  • 3. Select ‘Add Device.’
  • 4. Choose the type of device you want to connect (Light, Plug, or Switch)
  • 5. Select a brand from the list.
  • 6. Follow the on-screen directions.

You must connect the device’s account to your Amazon account. And allow the Alexa app to activate that account.

Once you’ve set your plug, switch, or light, you should be able to see it when you tap Lights, Plugs, or Switches on the Devices screen in the Alexa app.

You should rename it something nice, easy to remember, and simple enough for Alexa to understand. Touch on the device in the list, then press on the menu symbol (upper right), and then tap Edit Name. 

It’s best to use short, single-word names. But you may test and change the name if Alexa doesn’t detect it.

The easiest Alexa command for turning on a light is:

  • “Alexa, turn on [light name]”

If your light or switch allows you to dim or change the color, you may also say:

  • “Alexa, turn on the front light in purple.”
  • “Alexa, turn down the lights in the living room.”
  • “Alexa, brighten up the kitchen.”

Can Alexa turn off any lights?

Can Alexa switch on and off lights on a timer? She absolutely can. To make it work, you just need to build a Routine. You may create an unlimited number of Routines, and they can control individual lights or groups of lights.

How many smart bulbs can Alexa control?

When the Hue Hub is needed to control them remotely, they do support Bluetooth app control while in range. The app can manage up to 10 Hue Bluetooth/Zigbee bulbs or up to 50 lights with the Hub.

How many smart devices can Alexa handle?

Fitbit Versa 3 is one of the smartwatches with an Alexa system built-in. It also functions as a fitness tracker. It has a variety of functions that can make life easier. The introduction of Alexa in a smartwatch has changed the limited idea of how many devices it can support; Alexa has no limit.

Conclusion

You have to be explicit about the room you wanted Alexa to switch the lights on or off. However, because of the new method, Alexa manages groups, you may now correlate particular lights with a single Echo device. For example, you may now enter your bedroom and ask Alexa to “switch on the lights.”

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