Just say, “Alexa. Turn on the Lights.”
Alexa knows where you are and what lights you want to turn on!
Speak naturally to Alexa when controlling the lights in your Smart Home. This is the easiest way for you and your guests to use voice control of lights.
Use this guide to setup context aware lighting control with your Amazon Echo device.
What is Context Aware Lighting with Alexa?
Alexa…turn on the lights. If you are in the bedroom, then Alexa turns on your bedroom lamps. If you are in the kitchen, then Alexa turns on the kitchen table light.
Alexa can turn on the exact lights you want just by saying “turn on the lights”.
Alexa can turn on the exact lights you want just by saying “turn on the lights”. You don’t have to specify the light that you want to turn on. Alexa knows what lights to turn on based on the Amazon Echo device you are asking. This is super easy to setup, but one of the most useful features for Amazon Echo lighting control.
Why Should I Setup Context Aware Lighting?
Controlling lights with your voice can be a magical experience in your smart home. However, it call also be incredibly frustrating if you forget exactly what name you assigned to the lamp in the corner of the room. This issue is even worse with guests in your home since they have no idea what you named each light.
Context aware lighting solves this issue. Your guests, your kids, your spouse. Everyone can remember how to say, “Alexa. Turn on the lights.” You also benefit by controlling multiple lights with one simple voice command. In my house, the family room and kitchen are connected like a lot of open floor plan homes. If I’m in the family room / kitchen and say “turn on the lights”, then the ceiling fan lights, kitchen table light and kitchen island lights all turn on at once.
Alexa Enabled Lights: What do You Need?
This project only requires two products:
1. Amazon Echo Device – There are several Amazon Echo devices to choose from. Learn how you can use the Amazon Echo in your smart home or check the price on Amazon below.
|Alexa Device||Description||Best For||Buy|
|All-new Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with clock and Alexa | Glacier White||Modern styling to add smart home voice control throughout your home.||Amazon Price|
|Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal||Adding smart home voice control in all rooms.||Amazon Price|
|Echo (3rd Gen)- Smart speaker with Alexa- Charcoal||Larger rooms where you want better sound.||Amazon Price|
|Introducing Echo Show 8 - HD 8" smart display with Alexa - Charcoal||Kitchens and bedrooms to see recipes and security cameras.||Amazon Price|
|Echo Plus (2nd Gen) - Premium sound with built-in smart home hub - Charcoal||Entry level smart home controller built-in.||Amazon Price|
|Introducing Echo Flex - Plug-in mini smart speaker with Alexa||Bathrooms and kitchen counter plugs.||Amazon Price|
2. Smart Lights – Smart light bulbs, light switches or smart plugs connected to a light. You can use any and all of these products in your light group.
If you don’t have smart lights in your home, then I suggest that you get started with a Philips Hue Hub. Voice control over your lights is one of the best features of a smart home. The Philips Hue Hub is the fastest and easiest way to add or expand smart lights in your home.
Build Your Alexa Enabled Light Group
Follow the simple steps below to build your first Alexa enabled light group.
Step 1: Navigate to the Smart Home Devices section in the Alexa menu
Open the Alexa App and select the Smart Home Devices section in the menu.
Step 2: Select the ‘Plus Sign’ (+) and click ‘Add Group’
Select the plus sign in the Smart Home Devices section and click ‘Add Group’ to create a new light group.
Step 3: Create a Smart Home Group based on your Echo device location
You can control the lights by the group name from any of your Echo Devices. You can control lights by just saying “turn on lights” with the linked Echo Device.
Step 4: Choose the Amazon Echo device and the lights to associate with that device
At the top of the list, you will see all of your Alexa enabled devices. This is a list of the Amazon Echo devices you can choose to link with the lights in your group.
Select the Amazon Echo device and the smart lights that you want to link and save. Each Amazon Echo device can only be associated with one smart home group in the Alexa app.
Step 5: Review and Edit Your Alexa Enabled Smart Home Group
You will find your new Alexa enabled group in the Smart Home Devices section. If you click on the group, it will open up a detailed list of all the devices in the group that are controlled by your Amazon Echo. You can also toggle the lights in the group on or off in this screen.
Select “Edit” in the top right corner of the detail screen to add or remove devices from your group.
Just say, “Alexa. Turn on the lights.”
After the group is created, you can just ask Alexa to turn on the lights and the lights you associated with that Amazon Echo device will turn on. You can also control any other light setting such as dim level and color using the same command.
This setup also makes it much easier for your guests to use your smart home lighting. They don’t have to know the exact name of the lights you created. They can just say turn on the lights and Alexa knows what to do!
What else can I do?
- Create Light Groups – Control groups of lights or light bulbs with one command.
- Create Custom Routines – Your own custom voice commands to control lights with Alexa routines.
- Enable Alexa Brief Mode – Shorten Alexa’s responses and stop her from saying OK after every command.
Alexa is also great for music. Check out the best speakers for your Echo Dot.
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