What is Alexa?
Alexa is Amazon’s new voice activated assitant that allows you to issue commands such as to play music, provide information, news or to control connected devices that you may have in the home such as LightwaveRF lighting, heating or power devices.
Alexa currently resides on comptible Amazon devices such as the ‘Echo’ or ‘Dot’ devices (pictured left). These devices include speakers and microphones that allow you to command Alexa when you are in the same room or close proximity.
Alexa and LightwaveRF
LightwaveRF is now compatible with Alexa. This means that you can use compatible devices such as the Amazon Echo or Dot to command LightwaveRF devices by voice. You can now dim lights, change heating temperatures, control sockets and more without having to open the LightwaveRF App. When you want to use LightwaveRF, just say the wake word “Alexa” and the room and device that you want to control – e.g. ‘Kitchen spotlights’ and Echo will carry out the command.
How does it work?
It is very simple to start using Alexa with LightwaveRF. Once you have an Alexa enabled device such as the ‘Echo’, you can create an account with Amazon and downloaded the Alexa App.
Once in the App, you can then search for and access the LightwaveRF ‘skill’. This is the set of instructions that allows Alexa to control LightwaveRF devices. You can then start to command your LightwaveRF devices using Alexa, as well as with the LightwaveRF App. See below for a list of commands that you can use.
What can i ask Alexa to do?
Listed below are the Alexa commands that can be used with LightwaveRF devices:
Discover devices: “Alexa, discover my devices”
On/Off: “Alexa, turn on [or off] the [device name]”
Dimming: “Alexa, set [dimmer name] to [number]”
Dimming: “Alexa, increase [or decrease] [dimmer name] by [number]”
Set temperature: “Alexa, set the [room name] to [number] degrees”
Increase/decrease temperature: “Alexa, increase [or decrease] [thermostat or radiator valve name] by [number] degrees”
Start event: “Alexa turn on event [name of event]”
Start mood: “Alexa turn on mood [name of mood]”
All off: “Alexa turn on [room name] all off”