When starting to build your smart home, smart lighting is a great place to start. You can buy smart bulbs that connect to a hub and then control them using an app or a voice assistant, such as Amazon Alexa. This is a great way to test out some smart lighting in your home before jumping into the deep end of more advanced smart lighting systems, which we will be talking about in this article.
A more advanced technique of smart lighting is to install smart light switches into your home. Smart switches are the most natural to use and allow you to control your lights from the wall switch like normal, but also have more added features. A smart switch seamlessly fits into your home. Here are some smart home light switches that work with Alexa.
Kasa Smart WiFi Light Switch by TP-Link
The Kasa Smart WiFi Light Switch gives you the ability to turn your traditional light switch into a smart light switch. Features include being able to control anything connected to your switch such as lights, ceiling fans or other fixtures, from anywhere using the Kasa Smart app or voice control with Amazon Alexa. You can also set your smart light to turn on and off at random intervals for when you are away for a long period, giving the appearance that you are home.
Set schedules for when you want your Kasa Light Switch to turn on and off at set times during the day. This light switch is easy to install and provides a step-by-step guide for wire installation.
No hubs are required as the Kasa Light Switch connects directly to your home’s WiFi network. Another great feature is that this switch has an illuminating LED indicator, making it easy to find your switch in the dark.
The Kasa Smart app allows you to control fixtures connected to your switch by turning them on and off, setting schedules, and allowing you to group them with other Kasa Smart devices. You can also connect the Kasa switch with your Amazon Alexa app and use voice control to give commands to your light switch. If your hands are full, just simple tell Alexa to “turn on kitchen light” and your light switch will respond immediately by turning on the kitchen light. The Kasa Smart app also provides a step-by-step wiring process for a guided installation making the process a breeze.
Here is what is included when you purchase the Kasa Smart Light Switch:
- Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch
- Face Plate
- Wire Nuts
- Quick Start Guide
All in all, the Kasa is a great affordable smart light switch that comes with many features that can be easily controlled using their smart app or your voice with Amazon Alexa.
Wemo Dimmer WiFi Light Switch
The Wemo Dimmer WiFi Light Switch lets you easily set the ambiance of any room and control your lights. It connects directly to your home WiFi network and provides wireless control of your lights – with no subscription or hub required. Wemo Dimmer can control nearly anything that a traditional dimmer switch can.
Wemo works seamlessly with Amazon Alexa and allows you to control your lights through hands-free voice control. All you have to do is enable the Wemo skill and then just pair the Wemo Dimmer device to your Alexa device. Now you can use the power of your voice to dim your lights or turn them on and off.
With the night mode feature, the Wemo Dimmer Light Switch can minimize bright-light blinding by setting your switch to turn on to a lower light level at certain times during the day. Never be blinded by bright lights when you wake up to grab a midnight snack. Another great feature of this light switch is the ability to set automatic schedules of your lights using the free Wemo app. You can synchronize your living room lights with the sunset so that you never have to come home to a dark and dreary house.
It does not matter what type of light bulb you are using – LEDs, CFLs, or incandescent bulbs – Wemo will calibrate and work with your bulbs to maximize the amount of dimming range with no flickering whatsoever.
Here is what is included when you purchase the Wemo Dimmer WiFi Light Switch:
- Wemo Dimmer
- Face plate
- Four wire nuts
- Wire labels
- Quick start guide
Treatlife WiFi Light Switch
The Treatlife WiFi Light Switch is another great smart light switch that works with Amazon Alexa. It is easy and safe to install by guiding you through the wiring process. Like other smart switches, no hub are required and it connects right to your WiFi network.
Use your voice as control or use the easy to install app as a remote control from anywhere at anytime. Some great features include setting schedules, device sharing, setting scenes, and away mode. With light scheduling, you can schedule your light based around your daily routines.
This switch is very affordable and is a great way to start building your smart home system. You can you save on energy and bills by using the custom timers that you set for your Treatlife device. You can set a countdown timer that will trigger your lights to go when the countdown time is reached. This is great when you tell your kids that they have 30 more minutes to play before bed, set the playroom light to go off in 30 minutes!
Vacation mode utilizes the schedule feature that will set your smart switches to go on and off periodically when you are away so that it can help deter home intruders. Group control allows you to combine all the lights controlled by your treatlife system into different groups so that you can easily manage them.
Gosund in-Wall Smart Switch
The Gosund Smart Switch works with Amazon Alexa, as well as other voice assistant devices, and allows you to control your lights at anytime and from anywhere. The Timer/Countdown/Scene function makes your switches turn on/off automatically depending on the time schedule you set.
The Gosund Smart Light Switch has a pretty basic design and allows you to manually trigger it by pressing the large paddle switch in the middle. When the switch is in the off position, a small LED green light will display so that you can easily find your light switch in complete darkness.
Installation for this smart switch is similar to a standard light switch when you connect to the live, load, and neutral wires. There is no need to purchase additional bridges or hubs as this switch connects directly to your WiFi home network. To connect, you need to download the Smart Life app which is available for free on the app store. This app is used by other smaller companies to connect other smart devices and provides a basic user interface for controlling your smart light switch.
This switch works very well and has minimal lag when controlling through the Smart Life app. You can easily control the switch by connecting it to your Amazon Alexa and giving it voice commands.
Although this switch is made from a smaller brand company, you cannot beat the price. This switch is a solid choice for those on a budget. It does however have limitation as it can only be used in 1-gang units. So be sure to look into that before purchasing. If you are looking to replace multiple units in your house and are on a tight budget, then this switch will get the job done when it comes to the basics of controlling your light switch for the fraction of the cost in replacing multiple units in your home.
When it comes to smart lighting and beefing out my smart home, I prefer using smart light switches. If you are looking to replace your traditional light switches in your home, then you should definitely move over to smart light switches that can be controlled by your voice through Amazon Alexa voice assistant.
Smart switches can be a bit pricey when you decide to replace each of your traditional light switches with the smart switch units. Therefore, if you are looking to replace all of your traditional light switches, you might want to go with one of the cheaper options that still offer great basic functionality for light switches.