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With a little help, Alexa and Hue make an incredible pair
Voice-controlled lighting is arguably the most effective way to turn your house into a smart home, and Philips Hue is the gold standard. These high-quality smart bulbs will allow you to automate the lighting in your home with simple voice commands, so you can easily turn off the lights for the day without getting out of bed.
However, because Amazon doesn’t produce its own smart lights and Philips Hue hasn’t wandered into the virtual assistant industry just yet, a bit of integration is required to get your voice-controlled lighting up and running. Fortunately, the process is easy for even the most novice of users, and we can help you get started.ANDROIDPOLICE VIDEO OF THE DAY
In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to connect your Philips Hue smart lights to your Alexa virtual assistant. The process for other virtual assistants like Google Assistant is similar, but you’ll definitely want to check out our dedicated guide to understand exactly how to get it done.
Take note that this guide starts with the assumption that you’ve already set up your Philips Hue bulbs, and they are ready to be paired with Alexa via an Echo device of some kind. If you need help getting that started, check out our handy guide for resetting Philips Hue bulbs.
Once you’ve done all that, you should be set up to control your smart lights with Alexa. Just use a simple voice command like “turn on the living room” and you’ll be able to enjoy smart lighting throughout your home.Google Home's latest redesign makes it much easier to control your smart home
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Conor Cawley is the Senior Writer for Tech.co and an avid defender of all things Android. His expertise in tech has been on display in Forbes and he has participated in events with SXSW, Tech in Motion, and General Assembly. He's also a stand-up comedian in Chicago who can't pronounce the word "colloquially." Twitter: @ConorCawleyMoreFrom Conor Cawley