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How do I connect my Switch+ to Philips Hue Smart Lights for use with Alexa?

To control your Philips Hue lights through Alexa on your ecobee Switch+, you'll need to have the Hue skill enabled on the same Amazon Alexa account your ecobee Switch+ is connected to.

Before proceeding, ensure you have the following:

  1. A Philips Hue Bridge V2 (square shape) that is powered on and linked to your Hue lights and assigned to a room
  2. A registered Switch+ that is connected to your Amazon Alexa account. Please refer to these links if you require assistance:
    https://support.ecobee.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002311051-How-do-I-register-my-Switch-
    https://support.ecobee.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002317791
  3. A Philips Hue account

 

Enabling the Philips Hue Skill

Sign into the Alexa app or login to http://alexa.amazon.com or http://alexa.amazon.ca (depending on your region) and do the following:

1) Tap the Main Menu icon in the top left and then tap "Skills"

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2) Search for "Hue" in the search bar and then tap the "Hue" skill when it appears

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3) Tap "Enable"

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4) Sign in to your Hue account and allow Alexa permission to link your accounts

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5) Close the window and allow Alexa to Discover devices. This will scan your Hue account for any and all Hue lights

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NOTE: When Alexa is finished discovering devices, she will add multiple entries to list of Smart Home devices:

  • Alexa will add one entry per Hue light
  • Alexa will add one entry per Hue light Room with a Hue light present (for example, if you have a Room set up in the Hue app named "Bedroom" with a Hue light in it, Alexa will add a "Bedroom" entry)
  • Alexa will add one entry for ALL your Hue lights called "All Hue lights"

Your Hue bulbs are now ready to use through your Switch+! Try some of the following commands:

  • "Alexa, dim/brighten <Hue light name>" - Dims/brightens the selected light by 10%
  • "Alexa, dim/brighten <Hue light name> by <percentage>" - Dims/brightens the selected light by the specified percentage
  • "Alexa, set <Hue light name>" to <colour>" - Sets selected light to the specified colour
  • "Alexa, turn off the lights" - Turns off all Hue lights linked to the account

NOTE: When using the Philips Hue skill, it uses the Hue light's name found after discovering devices, not your ecobee Switch+ name. For best results, set your Switch+ and the respective Hue light to the same name and then rediscover devices through Alexa.

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