How to Set Up and Control Lights With Alexa

Amazon Alexa is a great virtual assistant that’s integrated into Echo speakers. Amazon has been aiming to make Alexa an essential part of human life, expanding its usefulness just beyond being able to set reminders, look up sports scores, or get questions to answers. While it’s able to do all of those things, you can use the voice assistant to control lights and other smart home devices. 

In fact, the ability to control lights with Alexa has been out there for a while. To get started, you need to buy smart bulbs, plug your regular lights or lamps into smart plugs or install a smart switch on your wall. Either way, make sure your devices support Amazon Alexa. We will show you how to control lights with Alexa in this tutorial.

How to Set Up Alexa with Lights

Smart Bulb

Before you can control lights using the voice assistant, you need to connect your smart lights with Alexa. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Install your smart bulb following the instructions on the package. You can download the relevant app from the App Store or Play Store, create your account, and go through the step up. 

Step 2: Now open the Alexa app on your smartphone and select the Devices tab at the bottom right corner.

Step 3: Hit the “+” at the top right corner and hit Add Device. From here, select the kind of device you want to set up and Alexa should ask what brand you wish to install. 

Step 4: Once everything is set, you now can control your smart lights. We suggest you rename your lights for easy access. To do it, select the Devices tab, select your connected light and hit the Edit icon

Step 5: Enter a name for your light and Save

Smart Switch

You can use a smart switch to turn your regular lights into smart ones. To do it, you first need to install the switch by hardwiring them directly into your home’s wiring system. 

Step 1: Open the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone and then select the Devices tab.

Step 2: Choose All Devices and Amazon Alexa will start searching for any compatible devices.

Step 3: Find the smart switch you wish to connect to and tap its name to initiate the setup.

How to Control Smart Lights with Alexa

Once you are done setting up your lights with Alexa, you now can control them. There are two ways to control your smart lights;

  1. Simply say “Alexa, turn on (name of your light)
  2. Launch the Alexa app, tap the Devices tab, and select the light from the list. Tap on it to turn it on or off.

There are some commands you can use to control your lights. 

  • “Alexa, turn off/on the bedroom light.”
  • “Alexa, dim the bedroom light.” 
  • “Alexa, set the bedroom light to 50 percent.”

How to Schedule Lights with Alexa

You can schedule Alexa to turn off/on your lights automatically. It’s a cool setting that can be enabled with some simple steps.

Step 1: Open the Alexa app on your smartphone and then tap the hamburger menu at the top left.

Step 2: Select Routines and you will need to create a new one. Tap the “+” at the top right corner of the screen.

Step 3: Enter a name for your new routine, and select when you want Alexa to trigger your routine.

Step 4: Select the Add Action option and you should find your lights here. 

How to Build a Light Group in the Alexa App

You can add multiple lights to your own group so you can control all of them at once using the voice assistant. Here are the steps;

Step 1: Launch the Alexa app and select the Devices tab.

Step 2: Tap the plus “+” option at the top right corner and select Add Group.

Step 3: Name your group, and select the lights you wish to add to the group

Step 4: Now select an Amazon Echo speaker you wish to assign your light group to and hit the Save button. 

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About Mike Herrera

Mike is a freelance journalist who specializes in writing about technology. He has a degree in computer science, and he likes to stay up-to-date on the latest software releases. He's an avid reader, and he enjoys spending time outdoors. When he's not working, you can usually find him playing video games or exploring new hiking trails.

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