If you have an Amazon echo at home and want to take your voice commands to the next level, you can control your lights with your voice by installing some light switches on the wall. Here are the best options that are suitable for your echo.
Granted, you could also work with smart bulbs as they are easier to install, but smart light switches are already a familiar format, so there is no confusion for in-house guests. Besides, they already work with your existing light bulbs. As long as you know how to replace a light switch (or know someone who can help), intelligent light switches are a great way.
With these words, here are the best intelligent light switches that work with your computer Amazon Echo.
Starter Kit for Lutron Caseta Smart Dimmer Switch ($ 99)
If you are looking for the best intelligent light switch, the Lutron Caseta product line is pretty much the gold standard and works great with Alexa. You get a starter kit for $ 99, which comes with the hub, a smart dimmer and a remote control.
The only downside is that the hub is required to connect the switches to your network and remotely control them because it uses a proprietary RF radio protocol. However, this ensures an incredibly reliable experience.
These switches have all the features you need for a smart light switch, including schedules, timers, and random lighting, as well as various scenes in which you can set specific brightness for specific switches.
The Caseta switches also do not require a neutral conductor, which is ideal for older homes where no switch is present. Most modern homes have a neutral cable, so this is no big deal, but this makes Caseta switches a good buy for just about any new or old home.
One Wi-Fi Option: WeMo Dimmer Light Switch ($ 59)
If you want to install intelligent light switches throughout your home, Wi-Fi is not the best option, but if you only want to install some of them. The Belkin WeMo Dimmer Switch is a great Wi-Fi-based smart light switch for those situations.
This switch also supports the required features such as schedules, timers, and accidentally turning the lights on and off to make it look like someone is home. It also works with Alexa and can even link to IFTTT and Nest products if you use them. If you already have other WeMo devices in your home, you can also use these switches to activate these other devices.
Unlike the Lutron Caseta switch, however, the WeMo dimmer switch requires a neutral line (like all our other options below) so that older homes without a neutral in the light switch box are out of luck.
A Z-Wave / ZigBee Option: GE Smart Dimmer ($ 39- $ 49)
If you choose a hub-based option, Lutron is the best. However, if you already have a Smarthome hub and you do not want to use more hubs, a Z-Wave or ZigBee option is a great way, like this GE's intelligent dimmer switch, available in both Z-Wave and ZigBee is configurations. Better yet, the ZigBee version can be connected directly to an Echo Plus because it has a ZigBee hub built into it.
Otherwise, the Smarthome hub to which you connect the switch is compatible with Alexa (and most others), so the GE dimmer switch is compatible. So if you want to use your voice to turn on lights, it's literally so easy to connect your hub to Alexa and say, "Alexa, turn on the light."
And of course you can do all the basics with it like setting schedules and timers. Depending on the hub, the light switch can also be turned on and off at random to simulate someone's home.
Light Switch and Echo in One: Ecobee Switch + ($ 99)
If you're looking for a smart light switch and a new echo device, you can kill two birds with one stone and grab an Ecobee Switch + with a built-in echo. 19659002] In addition, there is a motion detector and an ambient light sensor, with which you have even more options to control the lighting. Of course, if you have an Ecobee Smart Thermostat, you can also use the Switch + as another room sensor. The price can be a bit high, but you can do a lot with this switch.
In addition to the basic features of most Smart Switches, the Switch + can also be set in Do-Do mode at certain times, ie it can not be turned on at night. It can also serve as a night light when it's dark, so you can navigate your hallway without stumbling into walls or door jambs.