How to Setup Hue with Amazon Alexa
With the Amazon Echo, Tap, or Dot you can turn on and off your Philips hue lights, set a scene, or adjust brightness levels. Follow the guide below to get started setting up your Alexa with your Hue system.
You can change scenes but only with a generation 2 Hue Bridge (square shaped bridge). You can not tell Alexa to change lights to a specific color, only change scenes, power on/off, and brightness levels.
Step 1: Setting up your Amazon Echo, Tap, or Dot
Install the Amazon Alexa Application.
Step 2: Setting up Hue With Alexa
Now that Amazon Alexa is setup press the button on your hue bridge and say “Alexa, discover devices”. Alexa will scan your network for your Philips hue bridge and once found it will add all of your Hue lights to Alexa.
Now that all of your lights show up in the app, you address the lights as what they are named here. For example: “Alexa, Turn on Hue Lightstrip Plus 1”
If you want to change the name of a light, you must do this in the Philips Hue app, this is where Alexa is getting the name of the bulbs. Once you have changed the name in Settings/Light Setup, tell Alex to discover devices again to update the bulb names .
Alex with Hue Scenes
Now you will be able to tell Alexa to turn on/off a scene, this is currently the only way for Hue to change colors with Alexa is by the scene. For example, “Alexa, turn on Night in My Room.
If you want to change the names of any of the scenes or update them, do this in the Philips hue application and once you are finished tell Alexa to Discover devices to refresh the changes you have made.