Which Smart Lights Work with Amazon Alexa?
Philips Hue, Trust ZigBee, Innr, and myStrom are just some of the great brands that you can control with Amazon Alexa!
28 November 2018
Smart technology isn't nearly as scary as it sounds; all it takes is something as simple as a smart light bulb before you'll find yourself hooked into the world of smart living. At 50five we pride ourselves in offering smart advice for every device and we are here today to inform you on how to take the first steps in making your home a little bit smarter.
Our brand’s identity is built around providing customers with the information and ability to buy top-quality smart home products for their home. You'll see in several previous articles that we’re serious about smart lighting and how it is central to a connected smart home. When you've finished reading this article please feel free to browse some other topics that we have researched for you, such as: the benefits of coloured lighting in the home, how lumens work and how many you need, or the best smart lighting brands currently in the market.
On our website we have several brands offering smart lighting products which are compatible with Amazon through the use of Alexa, Echo or Dot. The most compatible brands to use with Amazon products are Philips Hue, Trust Zigbee, Innr, and myStrom. As it stands, Amazon sits lengths ahead of Apple when it comes to compatibility with smart lighting as you will find that a lot of these products support Amazon Alexa but not Apple Homekit.
Why Buy Smart Lights?
But why should you buy a smart light bulb? Aside from lighting a dark room, what else is a light bulb really good for? Nowadays, with the introduction of smart lighting, you can turn off lights remotely or dim them to fit a certain mood. You can control the colour of light or the warmth of your whites to enhance productivity or warmth as you may need it. You can also turn on or off the lights in any room of your house without having to get out of your seat - to do this, simply define which bulbs are in which rooms in the relevant app and let Alexa do her thing.
Aside from simply being able to control the lights themselves, some other benefits of smart lights are that they can learn your schedule and automate themselves to minimise excessive usage. myStrom products can do this by learning when you wake up in the morning or leave the house to go to work whilst Trust Smart Home uses similar technology in their motion sensor. You can even prevent burglaries by creating settings for your bulbs to switch on/off 'randomly' during the evening and in the morning when you're on holiday giving the impression that there is someone home.
However, one of the biggest benefits of switching to smart light bulbs is simply how Energy-efficient they are! On average, the smart light bulbs available for purchase through 50five have a lifetime of 20,000-25,000 hours and use less than 10W of energy. Without expending too much energy you can set schedules, timers, scenes, and temperatures which will save you not only time, but also money.
Philips Hue products offer the most streamlined smart lighting experience by working directly with Amazon Alexa to control your lights with your voice. Alexa Voice Service allows you to switch off your bedroom lights without getting out of bed, dim the lights when you're about to start your favourite movie, or setting the lights to offer the optimal reading experience - all this without even lifting a finger. It doesn’t end there though, as Amazon and Philips are working tirelessly on new functionality to make your home a little bit brighter and a whole lot smarter.
On our website you will find the Philips Hue Starter Kits which we truly believe is the perfect way to start your smart home journey. The kit includes three LED lamps, a dimmer switch, and a Bridge. A bridge enables you to control all your Philips Hue products via the Philips Hue application, even when you are away from home. Philips Hue is so much more than simply a dimmable LED light, though; the Philips Bridge will quickly become your home lighting hub as you can link it to your router and connect it with up to 50 Hue lamps. Once you have Philips Hue set up, switch on Alexa and let the lighting show kick off; any products that you have set up and connected to your Philips Bridge can be linked to Alexa and activated by your voice.
Philips Hue really sets the standard for smart lighting products due to its ease of integration with Amazon products and the fact that the Philips Bridge can be used by many other brands’ products which we will explore further in this article.
Alongside the Philips Hue Starter Kit, some other products we recommend bringing into your home are:
Trust Smart Home
Trust Smart Home is another huge company in the smart lighting market that we have the pleasure of supplying. Trust offers a range of smart lighting and sensor products which can be run through the intelligent Trust Smart Home app, or via a connection to a Philips Bridge. You now have the ability to control the lighting of your home from the palm of your hand.
The Trust Smart Home app provides you with more than just the ability to simply dim or switch off your lights; some other great features include monitoring your home through sensors and IP (Internet Protocol) cameras, or automating your home using smart rules, timers, and sensor triggers. As you can see here, by linking smart lighting products with smart cameras and sensors you can begin setting up a smart home that is well connected and protected. Trust Smart Home products can be optimised by connecting them to a Philips Bridge to allow integration with Amazon around the home.
Taking after Philips Hue, Innr also offer customers their own Bridge and the ability to control their products through a tailor-made mobile app. The Innr Bridge eclipses the capacity of the Philips Hue whereby it is able to support up to 100 light connections at any time.
At 50five we love the Innr range of products as they are a very affordable option and offer customers the ability to begin their smart home transformation with minimal investment. They also hold an Amazon certification to work with Alexa and make your life a little easier.
Once you have picked up a Philips or Innr Bridge, we recommend you team it up with an affordable Innr LED light for optimal savings and performance:
Last but not least, we also offer myStrom's super energy-efficient LED smart lighting products with bulbs that consume less than 10 watts, making them perfect for the energy-conscious consumer. If you want to save more energy and money, these are the perfect bulbs for you, with the ability to set up schedules and timers so you only ever use the lights when you need them.
The myStrom products we offer will fit in any standard E27 fixture and are ready to go once you set them up in the free myStrom app. The myStrom app is compatible with a number of third-party automation systems such as IFTTT - which you can find more information about here.
We currently offer customers the option to buy myStrom WiFi Bulbs or starter kits which are some of the best quality products on the market. If you're interested in these products you'll find them here:
- Philips Hue White E27 Starter Kit with Dimmer Switch
- Create the perfect ambience
- Complete Starter Kit
- Trust Smart Lighting RGB Starter Set - ZRGB2-Z1R
- Two colour E27 LED bulbs
- Trust Internet Control Station Z1
- Compatible with Philips Hue
- myStrom Color Starter Set
- Switch on/off, select colour, and dim via smart device
- Simulate being at home while on vacation
- Super energy-efficient LED