How To Turn Off Bedroom Light Without Getting Out Of Bed? I used to tie one end of a long piece of dental floss to my light switch and the other end to the side of my bed. I’d then crawl under my covers and pull on that dental floss to turn off my bedroom light. I could have passed for a king.
The dental floss trick isn’t as cute now that I’m 30 and married. Even after all these years, I still haven’t lost the desire to turn off the lights in my bedroom without getting out of bed.
But, how do you turn off bedroom light without getting out of bed?
Here are a few quick tricks you can try.
- Turn off the switch by reaching over.
- Reach over with a stick and flip the switch.
- Connect a paddle to the switch and toss an object so that it lands on the paddle, flipping the switch.
- Toss a book at the light switch.
Read the whole article for better ways.
WHAT IS CONTEXT AWARE LIGHTING WITH ALEXA?
Turn on the lights, Alexa. If you are in your bedroom, Alexa will turn on your bedroom lights. Alexa turns on the kitchen table light if you are in the kitchen. By saying “turn on the lights,” Alexa can turn on the specific lights you want.
You are not required to specify which light you want to turn on. Alexa understands which lights to turn on based on the Amazon Echo device you’re using. This is a very simple feature to set up, but it is one of the most useful Amazon Echo lighting control features.
HOW TO TURN OFF BEDROOM LIGHT WITH HOME AUTOMATION?
Home automation is the best way to turn off your bedroom lights. A smart light switch, smart bulbs, smart plugs, or a combination of the three can be used. You’ll be able to turn off the bedroom lights from under your covers, no matter which smart products you choose.
First, I’ll walk you through my bedroom setup, why I did it that way, and how you can do it yourself. Then I’ll go over some alternative methods for accomplishing the same thing.
WHAT IS MY SMART LIGHT SWITCH SETUP?
My bedroom has five light bulbs that are all controlled by a single switch next to the bedroom door. Each of my bedroom closets has extra light bulbs, but they are rarely left on. It simply wasn’t worth the money or effort to automate them as well.
Given that all five bulbs are controlled by a single switch, I determined that simply replacing my light switch with a smart light switch was the best option. I would have had to replace 5 individual bulbs if I had used smart bulbs for this automation.
5 decent smart bulbs range in price from $40 to $55. Whereas the single smart light switch I ultimately purchased (and highly recommend) cost $19.99 and works flawlessly! It was not only less expensive to use a smart light switch, but I also kept the existing light switch functionality.
When using smart bulbs, make sure the light switch that controls them is ALWAYS turned on. Your smart bulbs will not work if someone accidentally turns off the light switch. This is due to the fact that smart light bulbs require some level of electricity at all times in order to function properly.
You can buy a magnetic switch cover like this to serve as a reminder, but is it really necessary? So, by using a smart light switch, I saved money while also allowing my wife and me to continue using the light switch as we please.
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO SETUP THE “TURN OFF BEDROOM LIGHT” AUTOMATION?
Here’s what you’ll need in order to setup the turn off bedroom light automation:
1. A smart light switch
- I use the TP-Link Kasa Smart Light Switch. This switch is extremely inexpensive, and I’ve never had a single problem with it in a year of use. The price and quality are truly unbeatable. Having said that, this switch does necessitate the installation of a neutral wire. You can check the price on Amazon by clicking here.
- I highly recommend the Lutron Caseta Smart Home Dimmer Switch if you don’t have a neutral wire. Another excellent smart switch, but it is a little more expensive.
2. A smart phone/tablet
- This will allow you to download the Kasa Smart app on Google Play or Apple’s App Store. The Kasa app will walk you through installation and setup of the smart light switch.
3. A 2.4 GHz WiFi connection
- The Kasa Smart Light Switch uses WiFi to establish a connection with your phone and other devices.
- If you go the Lutron Caseta route, those smart switches require the Lutron Smart Bridge.
4. A smart speaker (optional, but recommended
- If you want to turn off your bedroom lights with your voice, you’ll need to buy a smart speaker in addition to your phone. If you do not want to do this, you can control your smart light switch entirely through the Kasa Smart app.
- The Kasa Smart Light Switch works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home, so you can use either one!
HOW TO SETUP A SMART LIGHT SWITCH?
It can be intimidating to replace your first light switch. It’s always a good idea to be cautious when working with electricity. The truth is that, with a few simple precautions, changing out a light switch is both safe and simple.
I won’t go through the process of removing a light switch and replacing it with a smart light switch step by step. Many others have already done an excellent job of documenting this. Here’s one of my favorites:
But I will emphasize a few things:
- Before you begin working on any wiring, make sure to turn off the power! This may seem obvious, but taking this simple precaution can prevent 99 percent of electrical injuries.
- The Kasa Smart Light Switch is one of my favorite products because their app explains in simple terms how to install and connect their light switch (with pictures!). The user experience is unparalleled. It’s difficult to make a mistake.
- Take a few minutes to learn about a neutral wire if you’ve never heard of one before. It’s not difficult to install and is found in the majority of homes.
You can turn off your bedroom lights with a single click of a button now that you’ve installed your smart light switch and connected it using the instructions in the Kasa Smart app.
You can also use the Kasa Smart App to set up some basic automations, such as setting a timer to turn on or off your bedroom lights and creating a schedule with days and times that you want your bedroom lights to turn on or off.
CONNECTING YOUR SMART LIGHT SWITCH TO A SMART SPEAKER
If you’re interested in taking this automation a step further, you can sync your smart light switch to a smart speaker.
This way you don’t even need your cell phone to turn off your bedroom lights, you can just say “OK Google, turn off bedroom lights”. Amazon Alexa works just as well. Personally I use both Amazon and Google smart speakers in my home, so I’ll show you how to add your smart light switch to both.
1. Connecting Google Home To Your Smart Light Switch
- Click on your profile image in the top right corner of the Google Home app.
- Select Assistant Preferences.
- Add by clicking +.
- Select Connect a smart home device.
- Enter “Kasa” in the search bar and then click “TP-Link Kasa.”
- You will then be taken to the Kasa Smart login page. Enter the email address and password you used to create your Kasa Smart account, and then authorize Google Home to sync.
- Your smart light switch should appear as a device on your Google Home landing page after you’ve authorized Kasa. “OK Google, turn off the bedroom light,” for example.
2. Connecting Amazon Alexa To Your Smart Light Switch
- In the Alexa app, click the three lines at the top left.
- Select Skills and Games.
- Click the magnifying glass at the top right
- Type in “Kasa skill” and then select TP-LINK Kasa and enable that skill
- Once you authorized Kasa, your smart light switch should appear as a device on your Alexa home page. Try saying “Alexa, turn off the bedroom light”.
ADDING SMART PLUGS AND SMART BULBS TO THE AUTOMATION
Perhaps you want to use a smart light switch for the majority of the lights in your bedroom, but you also want to automate two lamps on either side of your bed and a closet light. Smart plugs can be used for the lamps near your bed.
Smart plugs are inexpensive and simple to install, and they transform ordinary lamps into smart lamps. A smart bulb can be used to illuminate your closet. Again, you won’t be able to use the closet light switch, but I’m sure that’s not a big deal for a closet.
1. Creating A Group In The Google Home App
- Click the “+” symbol in the upper left corner.
- Choose Set up device.
- Then configure new devices (or have something already configured? if you’ve already configured your smart plug or smart bulb).
- Choose your residence
- Then, Google Home will look for your device.
- Once Google Home has located your device, you will be prompted to choose which room you want your device to be added to. Choose “Bedroom.” After you’ve added all of your devices to “Bedroom,” you should be able to turn them all off at once.
2. Creating A Group In The Amazon Alexa App
- Click Devices on the bottom right and then click the “+” symbol at the top right
- Select add groups
- Then either select Bedroom or type in the group name you want and click Next
- Select the smart light switch, smart plugs and smart light bulbs you want grouped together
3. Turn On Bedroom Light With Home Automation
Perhaps it goes without saying, but just in case – the same setup that I’ve described above can also be used to turn on your bedroom lights.
This is useful in the early morning when you want to turn on your bedroom lights but aren’t quite ready to get out of bed. Say “OK Google, turn on the bedroom light” or “Alexa, turn on the bedroom light.”
WHY SHOULD I SETUP CONTEXT AWARE LIGHTING?
Controlling lights with your voice can be a magical experience in your smart home. However, it can also be incredibly frustrating if you forget exactly what name you assigned to the lamp in the corner of the room.
This problem is exacerbated when you have guests in your home because they have no idea what you named each light. This problem is solved by using context-aware lighting. Your visitors, your children, and your spouse.
Everyone knows how to say “Alexa.” Turn on the lights.” You also benefit from being able to control multiple lights with a single voice command.
The family room and kitchen in my house are connected, as they are in many open floor plan homes. When I say “turn on the lights” in the family room/kitchen, the ceiling fan lights, kitchen table light, and kitchen island lights all turn on at the same time.
ALEXA ENABLED LIGHTS: WHAT DO YOU NEED?
This project only requires two products:
- Amazon Echo Device – There are several Amazon Echo devices to choose from. Learn how you can use the Amazon Echo in your smart home or check the price on Amazon below.
- Smart Lights – Smart light bulbs, light switches or smart plugs connected to a light. You can use any and all of these products in your light group.
If you don’t already have smart lights in your home, I recommend starting with a Philips Hue Hub. One of the most useful features of a smart home is voice control over your lights. The Philips Hue Hub is the quickest and most convenient way to add or expand smart lights in your home.
HOW TO BUILD YOUR ALEXA ENABLED LIGHT GROUP?
Follow the simple steps below to build your first Alexa enabled light group.
1. Navigate to the Smart Home Devices section in the Alexa menu
- Open the Alexa App and select the Smart Home Devices section in the menu.
2. Select the ‘Plus Sign’ (+) and click ‘Add Group’
- Select the plus sign in the Smart Home Devices section and click ‘Add Group’ to create a new light group.
3. Create a Smart Home Group based on your Echo device location
- You can control the lights by the group name from any of your Echo Devices. You can control lights by just saying “turn on lights” with the linked Echo Device.
4. Choose the Amazon Echo device and the lights to associate with that device
- At the top of the list, you will see all of your Alexa enabled devices. This is a list of the Amazon Echo devices you can choose to link with the lights in your group.
- Select the Amazon Echo device and the smart lights that you want to link and save. Each Amazon Echo device can only be associated with one smart home group in the Alexa app.
5. Review and Edit Your Alexa Enabled Smart Home Group
- Your new Alexa-enabled group can be found in the Smart Home Devices section. When you click on the group, a detailed list of all the devices in the group that are controlled by your Amazon Echo will appear. In this screen, you can also turn the lights in the group on and off.
- To add or remove devices from your group, click “Edit” in the top right corner of the detail screen.
6. Just say, “Alexa. Turn on the lights.”
After the group is created, you can just ask Alexa to turn on the lights and the lights you associated with that Amazon Echo device will turn on. You can also control any other light setting such as dim level and color using the same command.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?
The Amazon Echo devices are ideal for using voice commands to control your smart home lights. Here are some more guides on using Alexa to control lights with your voice:
- Create Light Groups – Use a single command to control groups of lights or light bulbs.
- Create Custom Routines – Use Alexa routines to control lights with your own custom voice commands.
- Enabling Alexa Brief Mode allows you to shorten Alexa’s responses and prevents her from saying OK after every command.
Home automation is your best bet if you want a relatively inexpensive way to turn off (or turn on) the bedroom lights without getting out of bed.
It is entirely up to you whether you use smart light switches, smart plugs, smart light bulbs, or a combination of all three. Adding voice capabilities to your automation by connecting these smart products to a smart speaker, such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa. “OK, Google, turn off the lights in the bedroom.”
FAQs About Alexa Turning On/Off Lights
Can Alexa turn on bedroom lights?
You don’t have to rewire your house to use Alexa to control your lights. Simply purchase smart LED bulbs that can connect to WiFi or a smart hub that works with Amazon’s Echo. You can turn the lights on and off with Alexa and your voice.
Is it possible to use the Alexa app to turn off lights?
Once connected, you can use Alexa or a smartphone app to turn your lights on and off. But that’s just the start. You’ll also be able to dim the lights, depending on which lighting options you use.
Why won’t Alexa turn off my lights?
Make sure your smart home device is turned on. If your device is powered by batteries, try replacing them. Check that your Alexa device and the Alexa app are running the most recent software version.