How to link Alexa to lights
How to link Alexa to lights
Smart lights are undoubtedly the first step to bring home the concept of home automation, that is, remote control (even with the help of voice commands) of all our electrical devices. If we have decided to buy one or more smart bulbs and we wanted to control them with the voice commands offered by Amazon Echo and Alexa, in this guide we will show you how to connect Alexa to lights and what voice commands we can use on them.
As a chapter, we will show you which smart lights are definitely compatible with Alexa and Amazon Echo, to be sure that you can correctly configure voice commands for them.
Lights and plugs compatible with Amazon Alexa
Before we do anything with voice commands, we'll need to make sure the smart lights are compatible with Alexa; otherwise we will not be able to add them to the system and control them remotely. If we have already purchased smart lights, we check if "compatible with Amazon Alexa" or "compatible with Amazon Echo" is specified on the packaging or in the manual.
If we do not have compatible lights or bulbs, we may consider purchasing one Alexa compatible LED light, such as the models listed below.
- Philips Lighting Hue White Lampadine LED (€ 30)
- Bulb TP-Link KL110 Wi-Fi E27, Works with Amazon Alexa (€ 14)
- Smart bulb, LOFTer E27 RGB 7W WiFi smart bulb (€ 16)
- Smart bulb E27 AISIRER (2 pieces, 2nd €)
- TECKIN E27 multicolor dimmable smart LED bulb (€ 49)
If, on the other hand, we would like to reuse the bulbs we already have (without compatibility), we can also consider buying smart adapters for any light bulb, such as the one offered by Smart WiFi E27 Light socket, Aicase Intelligent WLAN (€ 29).
Do we want to adapt the lights in the living room or bedroom (those with specific plugs)? In this case, we can save on buying smart bulbs by focusing instead on smart Wi-Fi sockets, like the ones listed below.
- Presa Intelligent WiFi Smart Plug Telecomando ZOOZEE (€ 14)
- Philips Hue power socket (€ 41)
- TP-Link HS110 Wi-Fi socket with energy monitoring (€ 29)
- Smart Plug WiFi Smart Plug Power monitor plug (4 pieces, € 20)
All the products listed are compatible with Alexa, all we have to do is connect them to our Wi-Fi network (following the instructions in the user manual), use the respective applications to configure remote access (we will be asked to create a new account ) and, only after this basic setup, can we proceed with the Alexa setup.
Connect the lights to Amazon Alexa
After connecting the smart bulbs (or recommended plugs or adapters) and having them properly connected to the home Wi-Fi network, let's get a smartphone and install the app Amazon Alexa, available for Android and iOS.
After downloading the app, launch it and log in with our Amazon account. If we don't have an Amazon account yet, we can quickly create one within the app or on the official website.
After logging in, we click Devices In the lower right, select the + button in the upper right and press Add device. In the new screen we choose the option depending on the type of device to configure: Bulb to configure a smart bulb; The press in case we were in possession of a smart plug or Change in case we had chosen the Wi-Fi adapter for single bulbs.
Now let's get in What brand is it ?, we select the brand of our device, we select the button Keep it up then we touch the element Enable to use; Now we will be asked for the credentials to access the service associated with the lights, plugs or switches purchased (as seen in the previous chapter). Once you have entered the correct credentials, simply select Link now to add device control inside Alexa.
If the brand of the device appears, we can always touch Other and manually configure the device, so that it appears within Alexa. After connecting, we will only have to choose a name for the device, in which room or category to insert it (Kitchen, Living room, etc.) and click on Done.
In the next chapter we will show you how to use voice commands to control the lights with Alexa.
Voice commands to manage the lights
After adding all the devices to the Alexa app, we can use voice commands from the Alexa app or on an Amazon Echo set up with the same Amazon account used for setup.
Here is a list of commands that we can use to manage lights with Alexa:
- "Alexa, turn on the lights [stanza]"
- "Alexa, turn on [nome device]"
- "Alexa, turn on all the lights in the living room"
- "Alexa, turn off all the lights in the house"
- "Alexa, turn on the living room lights at 6 pm"
- "Alexa, wake me up at 8 pm and turn on all the lights in the house"
These are just some of the voice commands we can use once the lights are set to Alexa. For more information, we invite you to read our guide to Features of the Amazon Echo, what it is for and what it is for.
An important part of the home automation of the future is the presence of smart lights that can be controlled through voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa, which will allow you to have maximum control over compatible devices.
If we want to make the same changes with a Google Home (and therefore take advantage of the Google Assistant) we recommend that you read our article on What Google Home can do: voice assistant, music and home automation. Not sure what to choose between Amazon Alexa and Google Home? We can find many answers to your questions in our in-depth analysis. Alexa or Google Home? comparison between the best smart speakers and the smartest.