How to connect Alexa to lights and turn them on and off with a single command

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Smart lights allow you to control your home lights with the Alexa app or with your voice. You can link an Alexa device to your home's smart lights and set context-sensitive lighting using the Alexa App. When you set up context-sensitive lighting, you can turn on all the lights in any room you are with with one simple command. You can find and connect Alexa to smart lights in your home on the Devices tab.


In addition to playing music and checking the weather, you can use Alexa to turn smart lights on and off in your home. Imagine being able to walk into your house and turn on all the lights at the same time, or turn off the lights in your room before going to bed with just your voice. Here's how to connect Alexa to smart lights via the mobile app and how to set context-sensitive lighting.



How to link Alexa to smart lights

  1. Open the Alexa app, then turn on the light you want to connect.
  2. Switch to the tab devices, then touch All devices.
  3. If you see a button that says Lights, tap it to connect.
  4. Scroll through the list to find the light you want to connect. Tap the name of the light.

What is context sensitive lighting?

Context-sensitive lighting is an Alexa feature that turns on the lights in any room of the house you are in with a simple command: “turn on the lights”. With context-sensitive lighting, you don't need to specify which ceiling light or lamp you want to turn on. 


To set up context-sensitive lighting, you'll need an Amazon Echo device and smart lights. From there, create an Alexa-enabled light group so that all the lights in a specific room or section of your home turn on with a single command. 



Once configured, say “turn the lights on” and Alexa will turn on the light group assigned to the Amazon Echo device you are closest to. If there are lights in another room that you want to control, you can check them by saying the name of the light group.


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How to build a group of lights for context sensitive lighting

  1. Open the Alexa App. Go to the card devices.
  2. Tap the plus sign + at the top right of the screen, then Add group.
  3. Name the group, then select the lights to assign them to the group.
  4. Choose an Amazon Echo device to assign the light group to. When done, tap Save.

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