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Can You Control LED Light Strips with Alexa?

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I have recently been working to upgrade my home theater game and am planning on installing some LED light strips as bias lighting behind my TV to add to the other smart light in my apartment.  This got me thinking about whether I will be able to control my LED light strips using my Alexa devices. So I did a bunch of research and here is what I found.

The answer is yes—many brands of LED light strips, including those made by Hue, Goavee, and Maxonar, will work with Alexa in addition to your smartphone. The strips that do will let you ask Alexa to turn the lights on and off, adjust colors and brightness, and some will let you synchronize with music.

Be sure to read the fine print when buying your light strip to make sure they are compatible.


Which LED lights strips work with Alexa?

The best-LED strip lights that work with Alexa are made by:

The slightly longer answer is it depends on what you mean by control. As of today, most LED strips are limited to basic commands for voice control. However, some offer more options than others, and a few will even let you synchronize them with your favorite tunes!


What is an LED Light Strip?

FlexFireLEDs, an expert in LED lights, has a great definition of LED lights over on their website.

“An LED strip light is a flexible circuit board that is populated with LEDs that you can stick almost anywhere you want to add powerful lighting in a variety of colors and brightnesses.”

I don’t think “brightnesses” is an actual word, but I like it!

They also provide some neat ideas for where you can use them. The most popular use of LED lighting is probably bias lighting (e.g., for behind a flatscreen TV), but some other popular creative home uses include:

  • Under kitchen counters and islands
  • Bathroom accents
  • Cabinets and shelving
  • Handrails and walkways
  • Garden and landscaping accents
  • Around artwork and displays

Basically, LEDs can go anywhere you want to add a little splash of color and light.

Control LED Light Strips with Alexa

They are a popular trend in smart lighting. A recent report compiled by market research firm MarketWatch, predicts that the growth trend will continue through at least 2024 with the overall market to reach 1060.0 million. Now that’s a lot of LEDs!

Also, in this PDF report prepared by Navigant Energy Research and available on Energy.gov,  the company presents the findings for major general illumination lighting applications where light-emitting diode (LED) products are even competing with traditional light sources.

Long story short, if you are in the market for LED light strips, you are in good company.


What Are Some Benefits of LED strip lights?

Strip lights offer several aesthetic as well as practical benefits.

First, you can cut them so you are able to size them to your exact space and specifications.

Second, they are flexible so you can bend them up to 90 degrees.  This means that go great around walls, under counters, etc.

can alexa control led light strips

Third, you can dim them and adjust the color to get just the right of light and ambiance you want. Some of the strips have a peel and stick capability making installation easy.

Fourth, they are non-toxic and low temperature, so safe around kids and pets, and have a very low risk of causing a fire.

Fifth, they are super energy efficient and cost just pennies a month to run them if they are on often.

They are also environmentally friendly as they require very little power in order to run.

If this is not enough, RemodelingImage.com has a mondo list of 20 Benefits and Advantages of Strip LED Lights for Homes.


How Do You Connect LED Strip Lights with Alexa?

The full procedure to connect your LED strip lights with Alexa will depend on the brand of LED lights you purchase. However, the general process is done by adding a new device using the Alexa app.

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Tap the Devices icon.
  3. At the top of the Devices screen, click the + symbol to add a new device.
  4. Tap Add Device.
  5. Tap Light.
  6. Tap the brand for your light, and then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the Alexa integration.

When finished, your LED strip light will be available in the list of Devices, where you can adjust various settings.

Signify has a nice video that steps you through the process of setting up Hue lights with Alexa:


What LED Strip Lights Work with Alexa?

Here’s a table that showcases my top picks based on my own experience, and extensive research on Amazon and using leading industry resources.

I tried to include a nice mix of sizes as well as price points for various needs and budgets. All of these work with Alexa for some degree of voice control.

Prices and images pulled from the Amazon Product Advertising API on:

The table is automatically updated nightly via direct integration with Amazon’s API. To see the up to the minute price, click through to Amazon (link opens in a new window).


Which Alexa LED Strips Should I Buy?

My recommendation is going to be a bit biased here as I am a big fan of Hue lights. I was an early adopter of the Hue bridge and starter kit, and I have several Hue bulbs in my little apartment.

The main benefit of Hue over other brands is the quality. This includes things like reliability, responsiveness as well as more subtle dimming and color changes than other brands I’ve tested.

For indoor LEDs, I like the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LightStrip Plus [links to Amazon]. The only drawback is that it requires the Hue Hub [sold separately]. But these work great with Alexa as well as Apple’s  HomeKit & Google Assistant. If you already have a Philips Hue hub, this is your best option to control LED light strips with Alexa.

Control LED Light Strips with Alexa

If you want a budget option that doesn’t require a Hub, I recommend the Goavee LED Strip [also links to Amazon].   Available in 32.8 and 16.4 FT sizes, this feature-rich strip works with Alexa and Google, has bright colorful LEDs and has a built-in microphone that will listen to your music and respond accordingly. Neat.


Popular Alexa LED Strip Commands

So at the most basic level, people ask whether Alexa can turn LED light strips on and off. Absolutely!  This is one of the coolest things about LED lights strips with Alexa, I think.

Depending on the brand of smart LED light strips you buy, you also get lots of additional commands to make controlling lighting easier.

For example, Phillips Hue commands include things like,

Alexa:

  • “Turn on my light strip.”
  • “Turn off my light strip.”
  • “Make my kitchen brighter.”
  • “Dim the lights.”
  • “Brighten the LED lights to 75%.”
  • “Make my lights warmer.”
  • “Make my lights cooler.”
  • “Turn my kitchen lights orange.”
  • “Set the lights in the bedroom to Relax.”
  • “Turn on Read in the study.”

You can customize the name of your LED lights in the Alexa and Hue apps. Just make sure the light strips have the features you want when you make your purchase and you should be good 😊.

TechBlock has a solid demo out on YouTube of how you can use Alexa to control LED lights. I’ll embed it below.

Note: If you use Alexa for your wake word, mute your Echos before watching this!


Can You Control LED Light Strips with Alexa – Your Turn

So, have I fully addressed the question: Can you control LED light strips with Alexa?

If so, cool. If not, what I did I miss.

Either way, can you please leave me a comment below so I know whether this helped?

Enjoy the new ambiance that LED lights strips with Alexa afford you!

I’ll leave you with this nice video demo of Hue reactive lighting from JDTechGear. Nice job JD!

You can fast forward to around the 3-minute mark for the music demo.


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About the Author

Tim BrennanTim Brennan, Technical Writer & Blogger

Tim Brennan [a.k.a. "Tec Timmy"] is a senior technical writer with over 20 years of experience writing for companies and organizations in and around Greater Boston, including GE and MIT. In addition to actively writing for this smart home blog, Tim is also a regular contributor over at UniversalRemoteReviews.com. Tim holds a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University. Brennan is a father to two sons, an active blogger, a Star Wars nut, and loves a good taco🌮. There is a strong chance he is developing a crush on Amazon Alexa. You can learn more about Tim here.

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