Alexa understands alot of different color names, but it’s tough to find an exhaustive list with all Alexa Smart Light colors. On top of that, brands have their own color lists, like this Phillips Hue color list. Additionally, you even find strange names that aren’t color related but mood related, like “relax”.
To help with this confusion, below is a complete list of light color names that Alexa understands. This list includes Phillips Hue colors, LifX colors, and other branded light colors. Colors are an approximation. What you see with your Smart Light might be a bit different.
Quick note: If you use a different assistant, I also create lists for the other major assistants below:
Table of Contents
- Alexa Smart Light Commands
- Supported Alexa Smart Light Colors
- Unsupported Alexa Light Colors
- Frequently Asked Questions
Alexa Smart Light Commands
Controlling your smart lights with Alexa goes beyond just color selection. You can do so much more, such as dimming, brightening, and setting routines. Whether you’re just getting started or want to master the advanced features, it’s helpful to have a comprehensive guide at your fingertips.
Discover a detailed list of commands and possibilities in Master Alexa Light Commands: Your Guide to Smart Lighting. This guide covers everything from basic controls to advanced routines, allowing you to make the most of your smart lighting experience with Alexa.
With these commands, you can effortlessly control your lighting environment and create the perfect ambiance for any occasion.
Supported Alexa Smart Light Colors
These Alexa colors are listed by manufacturers and they work for me. If you’re having trouble with any of them, let me know in the comments below.
“Alexa, set the light to …”, “Alexa, make the lights …”,
Blue Color Names
|Deep Sky Blue|
|Light Sky Blue|
Dark Green Color Names
|Dark Olive Green|
|Dark Slate Gray|
Green Color Names
|Dark Sea Green|
|Light Sea Green|
|Medium Sea Green|
|Medium Spring Green|
Orange Color Names
Pinks Color Names
|Light Steel Blue|
Purple Color Names
|Dark Slate Blue|
|Medium Slate Blue|
|Medium Violet Red|
Reds Color Names
|Pale Violet Red|
White Color Names
Yellows Color Names
Unsupported Alexa Light Colors
These Alexa colors are listed as supported by manufacturers, but they don’t seem to actually work. If they’re working for you instead, leave a comment below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can different manufacturers support different colors on Alexa?
Not really. All manufacturers should support the same color names.
The ins and outs of how Alexa and manufactures pass color information is some useful information to know. Alexa is responsible for knowing the various color names above, but Smart Light manufacturers are not. Instead, Alexa supplies these manufacturers with something called the HSB Color System. Manufacturers then use these values to change the light color.
Manufacturers don’t need to know the color name that you tell Alexa. Instead, Alexa controls the color naming, not manufacturers themselves, although they do control what the actual color is on the light.
If you’re really curious how Alexa communicates colors with manufacturers, check out the developer documentation.
What HSB color values are being sent to manufacturers?
Tough to say as Amazon doesn’t post this info directly. However, color values should be pretty close to this color list.
Where did you find these color names?
I checked around for Phillips Hue colors and LIFX color documentation. These were the best two sources, but they aren’t the only sources. If you know more, please let me know in the comments below.
Why are some colors not supported?
These are colors that manufacturers claim are supported, but don’t seem to actually work with Alexa. For example, Alexa doesn’t understand the color “sky”.
Do these colors work for every Voice Assistant, like Siri and Google Assistant?
Each Voice Assistant understands many, but not all of the same colors. You can find other Voice Assistant Color Lists by looking at these Smart Light color articles.
Can you dim or brighten smart lights?
Absolutely. All of these colors also support also dim and brighten commands, assuming you’re smart light bulb support it.
Try, “Alexa, make it brighter” or “Alexa, set the light to 50 percent”
Is there any way to add these colours to the Alexa app’s colour menu?
Sadly no. Amazon doesn’t allow this currently.
How often do manufacturers update their supported color list?
This can vary greatly between manufacturers and is often tied to software updates or new product releases. It’s wise to keep an eye on manufacturer announcements and updates for the most accurate information.
Is it possible to create custom color names with Alexa?
Unfortunately, custom color naming is not supported in the current version of Alexa. This might change with future updates, so it’s worth keeping an eye on official announcements from Amazon.
This comprehensive guide has explored the vast array of color names recognized by Alexa for smart light controls, provided insights into the technology, and offered a look at Alexa’s broader capabilities for controlling smart lighting. From understanding supported and unsupported colors to learning more advanced commands, this article has covered essential aspects to help both newcomers and tech-savvy individuals.
Whether you’re setting up your first smart home or looking to explore more intricate features, the world of smart lighting with Alexa has much to offer. And remember, the learning doesn’t have to stop here.
Get more tips and tricks in the Alexa Archives to enhance your smart home experience even further. From in-depth guides to quick tutorials, the Alexa Archives host a treasure trove of information to help you make the most of your Alexa-enabled devices.