How to Connect Philips Hue Lights to Amazon Echo

Connecting the Philips Hue lights to the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot—or any of Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices—is fairly easy, but if you want to do more than just dim and brighten your lights, it will take a few more steps. Here’s how to do it.

Amazon Echo Controls Philips Hue Lights

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1. Open the Alexa app, and Select Smart Home from the side menu (press the three horizontal lines in the upper left-hand corner of the screen).

3. Select Discover Devices in the Devices section.

4. Press the button on the Philips Hue bridge. Your Philips Hue bulbs should appear in the Devices section of the Alexa app.

5. Create a Group to control the lights you desire. Select Create Group in the Groups section of the Settings menu. For example, you can create a Living Room group to control all the lights in your living room (as well as any other smart home devices you have linked to Alexa). Confusingly, Alexa considers Philips Hue scenes (specific lighting patterns, such as "Arctic Aurora") as well as any groups of lights you created in the Philips Hue app, as individual devices. For example, in the screenshot below, I can select not just individual Hue lights (Hue bloom 1, Hue lightstrip 1, Hue color lamp 1), but also the groups I created in the Philips app (Living room, Coffee table, and Bedroom), as well as the Philips Hue scenes (Bright in Bedroom, Colorloop in Living room, and Nightlight in Bedroom).

If you have set up scenes in the Philips Hue app, selecting them here will let you change the color of your lights to that particular scene. However, you can also change the color of your lights by linking your Alexa account to IFTTT, and creating an applet.

6. First, Authorize Alexa to work with your IFTTT account.

7. Open the IFTTT app (or website) and select Create an Applet.

8. Press the This button. This will let you select a trigger.

9. Select the Amazon Alexa icon.

10. Choose "Say a specific phrase.” This will activate the Echo when you say “Alexa trigger…”

11. Enter the phrase you wish to use. If you want the lights to turn blue, type “lights to blue” and press Next.

12. Select “That”.

13. Scroll down and select the Philips Hue icon.

14. Choose Change Color. Here, you can select not just the color you want the lights to change to, but also which lights you want to change color. Then press Next.

16. Press Finish in the following screen to activate the applet. Here, you can also specify whether or not you want to receive a notification every time the applet runs.

Keep in mind that if you want to simply turn the lights on or off, you have to say “Alexa, turn living room lights on.” However, if you’re going through IFTTT, you’ll need to say “Alexa, trigger lights to red.”

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  • haydude
    Is a Philips Hue bridge needed for Alexa to find Philips Hue lights and/or light bulbs
  • Jeremy_78
    haydude, yes the Hue bridge is needed to talk to the Hue lights.
  • Schabe
    Thanks for the nice article an information. Does this work also with the round hue bridge 1 or does Alexa need the new one like Siri? (Hue bridge 2.0)
  • mprospero
    Schabe - The original round bridge will work, but will only let you turn the lights on and off. If you want to change scenes, or get access to any future skills, you'll need the second-generation (square) bridge.