An Alexa smart speaker has the power to control your lights, plugs and other devices — and it's so easy to set up. First, you're going to need some Alexa devices, which including smart bulbs , connected plugs , followed by smart home hubs , thermostats and security cameras. Buying a connected bulb is the simplest way to get Alexa to control your home lighting, but it can be a little impractical if you had scores of bulbs around the room. We usually advise newbies just to choose some mood lights to start off with, and then you can trick out the rest of your home lighting later. And don't forget, lighting can also be controlled vis smart plugs for lamps — and you can even make the light switch itself connect to Alexa and leave the bulbs well alone.
How to connect your Alexa device to smart lights in your house
Build an Alexa smart home: How to connect lights, plugs and more
Subscriber Account active since. We may not have flying cars or teleporting devices, but the ability to control everything from the lights in your bedroom to the temperature of your refrigerator using nothing more than your voice confirms that we are living in a pretty futuristic world. But before you can control the lights or the fridge you need to connect those smart light bulbs to Alexa on your Amazon Echo. Before you do that, you need to screw in said lightbulbs which may require assistance from a variety of comical characters and turn the socket on, and then connect the bulb to the same Wi-Fi network as Alexa uses. Follow the steps that come with the bulb to do that. Note that some smart bulbs may require slightly different setup procedures than laid out here, but the processes should be similar enough for easy navigation. Open the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android and tap the menu icon at the top-left.
How to use Alexa to turn on the lights
This article explains how to set up smart light bulbs , smart switches, and smart home hubs with an Alexa-enabled Echo device. Before you begin, make sure the smart bulb is compatible with Alexa. Then install the bulb according to the manufacturer's directions and give it a name.
Find more solutions. You can connect compatible smart home devices, such as lights and plugs, to Alexa using Guided Discovery or smart home skills. Before you begin : Check that your smart home device is compatible with Alexa. Complete setup for your smart home device, using the manufacturer's companion app or website. Connect the device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Echo devices.