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Alexa and Hue

Alexa and Philips Hue: 3 Minutes to Voice Control of Your Lights

In 3 minutes, you can control your Philips Hue lights with your voice!

Easily connect the Philips Hue Hub to your Amazon Echo for voice control over your smart light bulbs. Turn the Hue light bulbs on and off, change their color or turn on a scene just by asking Alexa.

This is a quick and simple guide on how to connect your Amazon Alexa and Hue devices.

Alexa and Hue: What Do You Need?

For this project, you need an Amazon Echo Device, the Philips Hue Hub and a Hue light bulb or light strip. You can learn more about these devices through the links above or check prices on Amazon below.

Project Products

If you have an Amazon Echo Plus, then you can connect the Hue lights directly to your Echo without the Hue Hub, but functionality will be limited. I recommend that you use a more power home automation controller such as SmartThings instead of the Echo Plus.

This guide assumes that you have already installed the Amazon Echo and Philips Hue devices and apps. If not, then please follow the manufacturer guides and complete the installation before continuing. You can find the instructions here:

  • Amazon Echo Manufacturer Guide
  • Philips Hue Manufacturer Guide

The connection process is easier if you already have a Philips Hue account. If you don’t have an account yet, you can follow the link below to create one and link it to your Philips Hue Hub. You can also create the Philips Hue account in the app, but I find it easier to do through the web. 

Create a Philips Hue Account:
Your computer and Hue Hub must be connected to the same WIFI network.

Now you’re ready to connect your Amazon Echo and Hue Hub!

Step 1: Open the Amazon Alexa App and Navigate to the Skills Section

This guide shows the Android version of the app.

First, open the Amazon Alexa application on your Smart Phone. Then, open the menu by selecting the three lines in the top right corner of the app. Select the ‘Skills’ section of the app.

Open Echo App
Open Echo Settings
Select Echo Skills

Step 2: Search for and Enable the Hue Skill

Type ‘Hue’ into the search field and select the Hue skill. When the skill opens, select enable.

Search for Alexa Hue Skill
Select Alexa Hue Skill
Enable Alexa Hue Skill

Step 3: Sign-in and Link Your Alexa and Hue Accounts

If you already created a Philips Hue account, then you can go ahead and sign-in. If you don’t have a Hue account, you can create an account in the app or you can create an account on the web at:

After you sign-in to your Hue account, you will receive a confirmation that the account was successfully linked.

Sign in to Philips Hue Account
Link Alexa and Hue Accounts

Step 4: Discover Devices

Select ‘Discover Devices’ to have the Alexa app find your Philips Hue lights. You will also need to press the push-link button on the Hue bridge so the devices can be found. If you need to re-run the discovery process, you can ask Alexa to “Discover Devices”.

Select Discover Devices
Discover Hue Devices

Press the Hue Push-Link Button while devices are being discovered.

Philips Hue Push-Link Button
Philips Hue Hub

Step 5: Verify Devices and Scenes

Navigate to the ‘Smart Home’ section in your Alexa menu. You will find your Hue lights and scenes in the corresponding tabs.

Select Alexa Smart Home
Echo Smart Home Devices
Echo Smart Home Scenes

Alexa Voice Commands for Your Philips Hue Lights

Let the Fun Begin!

Here are some examples of Alexa and Hue voice commands:

  • Alexa…turn on Family Room Lamp.
  • Alexa…set Family Room Lamp to 50%.
  • Alexa…dim Family Room Lamp.
  • Alexa…set Family Room Lamp to blue.

Scenes are controlled in a similar way:

  • Alexa…turn on Savanna Sunset in the Family Room
  • Alexa…turn on Dimmed in the Family Room

The list of scenes in Alexa is based on the scenes and rooms that you create in the Philips Hue app. For example, the scene ‘Dimmed’ will exist in every room that you created in the Hue app (Family, Kitchen, Bedroom, etc.). You can find a complete list of your scene names in the ‘Smart Home’ section of the Alexa app.

Make it Better

Learn about the 3 ways to optimize lighting control with Alexa for better usability and more convenience. 

  1. Control your lights in groups
  2. Just say, “Alexa. Turn on the lights” 
  3. Create a custom voice command

The only thing better than voice control for your lights is automated control of your lights. Never walk into a dark house or room again! Do you want the ultimate convenience, safety and energy savings with your smart home? Learn why SmartThings is the best home automation controller for your lights and home.

P.S. Please leave a comment below to ask a question, help someone else or share your experiences. Thanks!

2 thoughts on “Alexa and Philips Hue: 3 Minutes to Voice Control of Your Lights”

    1. Yes. You can put the Philips Hue bulb in any light fixture based on the size of the bulb. Hue offers a wide range of bulbs so I would be surprised if they didn’t have one that will fit your light fixture.

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