We have already reviewed, many times, some of the reasons why you should introduce home automation in your home . At the end of the day, voice assistants are there to make our lives easier by doing different tasks more easily. We even have alternatives like Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa. In fact, today is the time to stop at the latter, so you can discover how to program lights from the hand of Alexa .
The first thing you have to know is that this is perfectly possible thanks to the Routines or “routines” of Alexa , which will allow you to set schedules for the lights in your home to turn on or off, as well as instances in which they will have to change their brightness or its color. You can be as specific as you want to be.
But what lights can I program with Alexa?
This is one of the questions that we are most often asked, and the interesting thing about the case is that you will be able to program absolutely any light in your apartment or house with Alexa. Yes, even when they are not smart lights .
This is so thanks to the fact that we have smart plugs that can connect to Alexa and, therefore, when we connect non-smart lights to those smart plugs, we will get access to those smart functions , which are what enable us to set certain schedules. for any of them.
How to distinguish one light from another? Basically, all those that have been manufactured with support for Alexa, will have a description on their packaging that will say “Compatible with Alexa” or similar.
These lights, as long as they are smart, are likely to come with their own app that also gives you the opportunity to configure their on and off. However, if you have a Smart Home Hub or Home Center , we believe that it will be more practical for you to collect all the actions of the smart devices on that device .
Program lights with Alexa step by step
Before programming your lights with Alexa, you have to make sure that they are correctly connected to the application, and for that you must look for them in the Device section at the bottom, and then in Lights .
Once you have confirmed that everything is in order, the only thing left is to follow these steps:
- In the Alexa app, go to More at the bottom, and access the Routines
- By clicking on the «+» icon you can create a new routine
- Write a simple name for the routine
- Already written, you can indicate that they turn on or off “When this happens”, from “Schedule”
- There you can indicate that they turn on or off at a certain time, for example
- You can also be specific about the days and repeat the action if it helps
- When you’re done, confirm everything with Add action
At this point, in the future you can check the lights that you keep active associated with your Alexa app in just seconds. You just have to go to All devices, where you will see a list of available lights.
When you enter there, you still have the possibility to continue managing its use, detailing preferences regarding power on and off, as well as brightness, color, and its smart functions .
Now, you should also be aware that some smart lights are somewhat limited with Alexa, and will only allow you to turn on or off. You can go further from its native applications.
How to make the lights turn on and off in one action?
In achieving the highest level of automation possible is one of the keys to today’s smart homes .
In some of the established routines, such as the lights on, you have to go to Add action, and Wait. Within this section, delays are indicated to undo the initial actions. In other words, what you are going to achieve is that that initial ignition is undone and, therefore, that the light that turned on automatically, automatically turns off. Of course you can do it in two separate actions, following the previous tutorial.
If you have indicated that the lights should turn on at 6:00 AM, you can indicate that they turn off at 8:00 AM, simply indicating a delay or wait of two hours. So it’s easy, you will have them coordinated on a daily basis.
This works, however, for rather short intervals of time, up to a maximum of four hours. Considering that you exceed that interval, you must then bet directly on two different actions.
An interesting detail is that, if you are looking for precision according to the time of year, you can deal with specific definitions such as Sunrise and Sunset instead of hours. Thus, your lights will adapt to sunlight .