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 compatible devices, which including smart bulbs, such as Philips Hue or LifX, connected plugs, followed by smart home hubs, thermostats and security cameras.
Buying a connect 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. Read our guides for that, for more ideas.
In this guide we look at how to connect your devices up with Alexa and how to control them.
Why connect your home with Alexa?
So first of all, why bother to go to the effort of buying Alexa-compatible devices? Well, to put it succinctly, Alexa really starts to make sense in your home when controlling smart home tech from an Echo device.
Alexa is extremely adept at making smart home tech work together. It’s easy to set up single command groups that can control multiple lights, plugs and other devices together – which means a single command can set the mood in your entire house, be it walking in the door, getting ready for some TV time, or just switching everything off before bed.