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How To: Setup Light Groups with Amazon Alexa

Alexa Light Group

Control multiple lights with one voice command with Alexa!

Group light bulbs in one lamp or group all the lights in a room. The smart home groups feature in the Alexa App is perfect for making your voice lighting control even better.

Use this guide to easily create your Alexa light group. 

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Why Should I Create an Alexa Light Group?

In short, confusing smart light names. Do you have several smart light bulbs with names such as this?

  • Family Room Light 1, Family Room Light 2, Family Room Light 3
  • Lamp 1, Lamp 2
  • Right Side Lamp, Left Side Lamp
  • Susan's Lamp, Jason's Lamp

These names make perfect sense to identify and group the lights together. However, these names are horrible for controlling the lights by voice with your Amazon Echo. Most of the time, you want to control the group of lights instead of each light individually. That is exactly why you need to create light groups in the Alexa app.

You can easily combine lights such as 'Lamp 1' and 'Lamp 2' into a group called 'Lamps' to control both lights with one voice command.

You can easily combine lights such as 'Lamp 1' and 'Lamp 2' into a group called 'Lamps' to control both lights with one voice command. Once you create the group, you can turn the lights on or off, set the dim level, or change the color of the entire group of lights. 

Alexa Light Groups: What do You Need?

This is a simple project that 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.

2. Smart light switch or smart light bulbs

If you have an Amazon Echo device but not the lights, then I suggest that you check out the Philips Hue Hub. Voice control over your lights is one of the greatest conveniences of your smart home. The Philips Hue product line contains multiple size light bulbs that you can quickly set up and control with your voice. I use these products and I recommend them for your smart home too.

Once you have your Hue and Alexa products setup and connected, you are ready to create and control your Alexa light group.

Let's get started and create a light group in the Amazon Alexa App!

Step 1: Navigate to the 'Smart Home' section in the Alexa menu

Open the 'Smart Home' section in the Alexa App menu.

Open Echo Settings
Select Smart Home

Step 2: Select the 'Groups' tab and click 'Add Group'

Add a new group that will contain your lights.

Select Alexa Groups Tab

Step 3: Create a Smart Home Group with a Custom Name

The Alexa App has a list of common names for rooms. In this case, we are creating a custom Alexa light group that is not related to a room. Choose a name that is natural to speak. This is the name that you will use to control the lights with Alexa.

Select Smart Home Group
Create Custom Alexa Light Group Name

Step 4: Choose the lights to add to your group

Choose as many lights as you want in your light group and click save. There is a blue check mark next to each light you select for the group.

Select Group Lights

Step 5: Review and Edit Your Alexa Smart Home Group

You will see your newly created Alexa light group in the 'Groups' tab within the 'Smart Home' section of the app. You can click on the group name to see the lights within the group. Additionally, the app allows you to control the lights in the group.

Alexa Smart Home Group List
Alexa Light Group Detail
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Controlling Alexa Light Groups

Now that the group is created, you can control the group of lights with the same voice commands as any individual light. 

Alexa. Turn on the Fireplace Lights.

Alexa. Set Fireplace Lights to green.

Alexa. Set Fireplace Lights to 50%.

How I Use Light Groups in My Smart Home

There are three primary ways I use Alexa light groups in my home. 

  1. Light Pairs - For example, lamps on the left and right side of the bed. Lamps on each side of the couch. Recessed lights that are specific to an area such as over the fireplace.
  2. Lights with Multiple Bulbs - For example, lamps or ceiling lights that contain multiple light bulbs. If you use smart bulbs then you will want to create a group for them.
  3. Rooms or Locations - All the lights in a certain room or location. For example, all the lights outside.

The common theme is that these are lights you want to control in a group. You always have the option to control each light or light bulb individually, but in most cases you will want to control the devices together.

What else can I do with Alexa Lights?

The Amazon Echo devices give you a lot of options to control your smart home lights with your voice. Here are some other guides on controlling lights by voice with Alexa:

  1. Create Context Aware Lights - Just say "turn on lights" and Alexa knows which lights you want to turn on (THIS IS A MUST).
  2. Create Custom Routines - Your own custom voice commands to control lights with Alexa routines.

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

About the Author Jason

Husband, father and Smart Home enthusiast. I look forward to discussing Smart Home products and projects with you. I have over 100 connected devices in my home, and I'm excited to share what I have learned to help you build a Smart Home that works!

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