Can Alexa set a timer for lights

Here's how to flash your Hue lights when the Alexa timer expires

Alexa's hands-free timers are among the best reasons to own an Echo (or an Amazon Tap), but it would be nice if these timers gave you a visual indication as well. How to set the Philips Hue indicators to flash when the timer expires.

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For this we use a service calledIFTTT (if this then that). If you haven't used IFTTT before, check out our getting started guide on how to create an account and connect apps. Then come back here to make the recipe you need.

To do this, you need to activate Philips Hue and Amazon Alexa channels in IFTTT. We'll show this on the Philips Hue lights, but you may be able to create a similar recipe for other smart lights like Belkin WeMo or LIFX. To make things easier, we have already created an applet with Philips Hue lights. But you can also follow the steps below to create it yourself.

First, go to the IFTTT homepage and log in. Then click on your profile picture.

Then click on "New Applet".

Click on the word "this" highlighted in blue.

If you don't already see it, find “Amazon Alexa” in the list and click on it.

In the list of triggers, select the option “Your timer is running off. “This applies to countdown timers such as“ Set a timer for 30 minutes ”. You can also use "Your alarm will go off" if you want to use an alarm for a specific time, e.g. B. “Set an alarm for 8:30 PM”. "

Then click on the word "that" highlighted in blue.

Find "Philips Hue" (or your favorite smart light if you customize this applet) in the list and click on it.

Find “BlinkenLichter” in the list of triggers and click on it. Note: The LIFX channel can also flash, but Wemo Lighting cannot. When adapting this applet for WeMo, you may need to use a dimmer or fade action instead of a blink.

Click the drop-down menu and select the lights you want to flash when the timer runs out. You can also choose to have all connected lights flash if you tend to switch between rooms while using your timers.

Give your applet a name, scroll down and click Finish.

From this point on, your lights should flash whenever your Alexa time runs out. IFTTT's response time is usually very short. So you should see the lights flashing around the same time the timer expires. Note, however, that with a third-party service and multiple devices like this, there is little chance that the Hue indicators will not respond immediately. When you use a timer to keep track of important things, such as: B. Food in the oven, you may still want to keep an eye on Alexa or the clock.