USING AMAZON ALEXA TO CONTROL YOUR LIGHTS
“Alexa, turn on the kitchen.”
The Plum Alexa skill is ready to download. Judging from the feedback we’ve received during beta testing, it’s a major improvement to your Plum lighting control system.
Between the Alexa skill and pre-programmed events, you’re likely to rarely touch your light switches anymore.
For those of you who already own an Echo or Dot, you already know how good the verbal interaction is. Now with the Plum Alexa skill, you can control your lights throughout the house without reaching for your phone or touching the light switches at all.
It’s perfect if you’re walking into the house with your hands full, or even if you’re just a few feet away from the switches but don’t want to talk over specifically to turn on the lights.
Example Lighting Commands for Plum
- “Alexa, turn on the Sink” – turns on just one light
- “Alexa, raise the Sconce by 25%” – adjusts brightness
- “Alexa, turn the Table to 50%” – sets to a specific brightness
- “Alexa, turn Boys Room off” – set a custom group to control multiple lights with one command
- “Alexa, turn on Party” – turns on a specific scene that you’ve set up in your Plum app.
Best Practices for Using Plum Lightpads with Alexa
- Choose unique names for your lights: If your lights all have unique names, you can tell Alexa to turn the light on with just one word (“Alexa, turn on the Overhead.”) However, if you have an “Overhead” in the Family Room and also in the Master, you’ll need to tell Alexa to “turn on the Master Overhead.”
- Use unique names for the Room and the Light: Avoid calling the light in the Closet, “Closet” If you do, you’ll need to tell Alexa to “turn on the Closet Closet.”
- Use Short Names: It’s easier to use the word “Vanity” vs “Sink Vanity Globes”. However, Alexa is smart. If you do use the name “Sink Vanity Globes” and there are no other “Globes” in your house, you can simply tell Alexa to “turn the Globe off” and she’ll know what you mean.
- Set up Groups in the Alexa app: Within your Alexa app, you can set up groups. For instance, you could have a group called “Kitchen” and put all of the lights in the kitchen into that Group. Then to turn off the entire downstairs, you’d say “Alexa, turn the Kitchen off.”