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Alexa Smart Light Colors

Alexa understands many different color names, but it’s tough to find an exhaustive list with all Alexa Smart Light colors. On top of that, brands have there 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:

Update: I pulled out the shades of white to make those easier to find. Want to know how to get the most out of Alexa? Check out my new weekly series, Keeping Up With Alexa.

FAQ

Can different manufactures support different colors on Alexa?

Not really. All manufactures 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 manufactures are not. Instead, Alexa supplies these manufactures with something called the HSB Color System. Manufactures then use these values to change the light color.

Manufactures don’t need to know the color name that you tell Alexa. Instead, Alexa controls the color naming, not manufactures themselves, although they do control what the actual color is on the light.

If you’re really curious how Alexa communicates colors with manufactures, check out the developer documentation.

What HSB color values are being sent to manufactures?

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 manufactures claim are supported, but don’t seem to actually work (as of Feb 2020). 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.

Supported Alexa Smart Light Colors

These Alexa colors are listed by manufactures 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 …”,

Blues

Aqua
Azure
Blue
Cadet Blue
Cornflower
Cyan
Dark Blue
Dark Turquoise
Deep Sky Blue
Dodger Blue
Light Sky Blue
Medium Blue
Medium Turquoise
Navy Blue
Pale Turquoise
Powder Blue
Royal Blue
Steel Blue
Turquoise

Dark Greens

Black
Dark Cyan
Dark Green
Dark Olive Green
Dark Slate Gray
Forest Green
Olive
Olive Drab
Sea Green
Teal

Greens

Aquamarine
Chartreuse
Dark Sea Green
Green
Lawn Green
Light Green
Light Sea Green
Lime Green
Medium Aquamarine
Medium Sea Green
Medium Spring Green
Pale Green
Spring Green
Web Green

Oranges

Chocolate
Coral
Dark Goldenrod
Dark Orange
Goldenrod
Indian Red
Orange
Orange Red
Peru
Salmon
Sandy Brown
Tomato

Pinks

Antique White
Bisque
Blanched Almond
Burlywood
Dark Gray
Dark Khaki
Dark Salmon
Daylight
Gainsboro
Hot Pink
Khaki
Light Coral
Light Gray
Light Pink
Light Salmon
Light Steel Blue
Medium Orchid
Medium Purple
Moccasin
Navajo White
Olive Green
Orchid
Pale Goldenrod
Peach Puff
Pink
Plum
Relax
Rosy Brown
Silver
Tan
Thistle
Violet
Wheat

Purples

Blue Violet
Dark Magenta
Dark Orchid
Dark Slate Blue
Dark Violet
Deep Pink
Dim Gray
Fuchsia
Indigo
Magenta
Medium Slate Blue
Medium Violet Red
Midnight Blue
Purple
Rebecca Purple
Saddle Brown
Sienna
Slate Gray
Web Gray
Web Purple

Reds

Brown
Crimson
Dark Red
Firebrick
Maroon
Pale Violet Red
Red
Web Maroon

Whites

Alice Blue
Beige
Cornsilk
Floral White
Ghost White
Honeydew
Ivory
Lavender
Lavender Blush
Lemon Chiffon
Light Cyan
Light Goldenrod
Light Yellow
Linen
Mint Cream
Misty Rose
Old Lace
Papaya Whip
Seashell
Snow
Soft White
Warm White
White
White Smoke

Yellows

Gold
Green Yellow
Lime
Yellow
Yellow Green

Unsupported Alexa Light Colors

These Alexa colors are listed as supported by manufactures, but they don’t seem to actually work. If they’re working for you instead, leave a comment below.

Almond
Anti-Flash White
Bone
Bubbles
Cool White
Cornsilk
Cosmic Latte
Eggshell
Glitter
Isabelline
Sky Blue
Timberwolf

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