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Alexa Smart Light Colors

    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 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.

    Table of Contents

    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

    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 Green Color Names

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

    Green Color Names

    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

    Orange Color Names

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

    Pinks Color Names

    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

    Purple Color Names

    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 Color Names

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

    White Color Names

    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 Color Names

    Gold
    Green Yellow
    Lime
    Yellow
    Yellow Green

    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.

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

    FAQ

    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 (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.

    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.

    Can the colors rotate automatically without specifically asked for each change?

    Yes, but it takes a bit more setup to do. Stay tuned for another article for this feature.

    12 thoughts on “Alexa Smart Light Colors”

    1. Everything but the cost (per bulb) presumably purchased fro Amazon? Does it have a dimmer command? 3 years ago I threw out all my incandescent bulbs & replaced with LEDs. The Chinese made color bulbs each has its own remote and dims by 4 stages. Now, alongside Alexa they seem dated but it’s all down to cost and “dim-ability”.

      1. you can dim the connected LEDS by asking alexa to Dim the __light name__ to whatever percentage you’d like.

      1. You can create an automation in the Alexa app and add wait times in between color changes, but it gets annoying having to re-run the automation after a while.

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