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Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Best Smart Light Switches for Your Amazon Echo

If you have an Amazon Echo in your home and want to take your voice commands to the next level, installing some in-wall light switches will let you control your lights using your voice. Here are the best options that work with your Echo.

Granted, you could also go with smart bulbs, as they’re easier to install, but smart light switches are already a familiar format, so there won’t be any confusion for house guests. Plus, they already work with your existing light bulbs. As long you know how to change out a light switch (or know someone who can help), then smart light switches are a great way to go.

With that said, here are the best smart light switches that will work with your Amazon Echo.

Lutron Caseta Smart Dimmer Switch Starter Kit ($99)

If you’re looking for the best overall smart light switch, Lutron’s Caseta product line is pretty much the gold standard, and it works great with Alexa. You can grab a starter kit for $99 that comes with the hub, one smart dimmer switch, and one remote control.

Perhaps the one downside is that it requires the hub in order to connect the switches to your network and control them remotely, since it uses a proprietary RF wireless protocol. However, this makes for a incredibly reliable experience.

These switches come with all of the necessary features you would need out of a smart light switch, including setting schedules, timers, and randomizing lights, as well as create different scenes where you can set specific brightnesses for specific switches.

Caseta switches also don’t require a neutral wire, which is great for older houses that may not have one in the light switch box. Most modern houses have a neutral wire present, so this isn’t a big deal, but this makes Caseta switches a recommended buy for just about any house, new or old.

A Wi-Fi Option: WeMo Dimmer Light Switch ($59)

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