Recipe to Make a Lamp into a Smart Light

Step-by-step description of how to make a lamp into a smart light through a smart home. This post includes information on the equipment, steps, and set-up needed to accomplish this outcome.

Smart lights
These lamps are behind the couch and hard to reach, making them a great application for a smart lamp.

This recipe outlines the steps to control a lamp with your smart home. It provides the steps to accomplish the control via voice commands to your smart speaker.

Here’s the recipe:

  1. Smart home hub – I recommend that you skip using WiFi plugs, and jump right to setting up a smart home hub so that you can use devices that support Zigbee and Z-Wave. This will set you up for more smart home devices in the future. The hub will also come with an app that you can use to control your smart home from your phone.
  2. Smart speaker – The smart speaker will be a key I/O (inout / output) for controlling your lamp. The Echo smart speakers include access to the Alexa app for your phone, where you can control your smart switch.
  3. Smart light bulb – This recipe calls for the use of a smart light bulb for this application, for reasons outlined here.
  4. Integration – The smart light bulb recommended here will connect to the SmartThings application on your phone. Follow the process in the SmartThings app to connect it.

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