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General Category => Amazon Echo Discussion => Topic started by: malliekm on March 02, 2018, 10:22:37 pm

Title: Can Alexa Turn On Lights for x Amt of Time?
Post by: malliekm on March 02, 2018, 10:22:37 pm
For instance, Alexa, turn on the bedroom light for 2 minutes?  I haven't hit on the right phrasing if it can.
Title: Re: Can Alexa Turn On Lights for x Amt of Time?
Post by: jwlv on March 02, 2018, 11:23:46 pm
As far as I know, Alexa can't do that on its own. But many smart devices have an auto-off timer that you can enable thru the device's app that can turn off after x amount of time.

Title: Re: Can Alexa Turn On Lights for x Amt of Time?
Post by: malliekm on March 02, 2018, 11:43:51 pm
I have one lamp on a timer but I thought it would be good to be able to tell Alexa/GH (GH can't do it yet) to walk in a room and tell your assistant to turn the light on and off in x amt of time if you're just going into a room for a very brief amt of time.
Title: Re: Can Alexa Turn On Lights for x Amt of Time?
Post by: Jerome on March 05, 2018, 11:41:43 am
I wish I could say something like :
"Alexa, turn off the lights in 5 minutes" to get some sort of timer.
But she can't do that yet either :(
Title: Re: Can Alexa Turn On Lights for x Amt of Time?
Post by: jwlv on March 05, 2018, 06:06:57 pm
I'm sure Amazon can do that but won't.  Turning on/ off smart devices is not reliable at times. At least 10-20% of the time when I ask Alexa to turn off a light she'll say she cannot find the light. Imagine if i asked Alexa to turn off something an hour from now.  And you know someone is going to connect a heater or a electric cooktop to a smart plug and expect Alexa to reliably turn it on or off.  It's just a disaster waiting to happen.
Title: Re: Can Alexa Turn On Lights for x Amt of Time?
Post by: HectorAvila2 on November 30, 2018, 11:54:59 am
I did it by doing the following:
1. open the switch app in your phone that controls your light  (I have an eFamilyCloud switch).
2. on eFamilyCloud app, create a new Smart Scene and add the following steps:
a. turn on the switch/light
b. add a timer to turn off the switch light in 60 seconds.
c. name your scene whatever you like (something like "Garage Light 5 minutes")
3. Open Alexa then discover devices and scenes. The new scene should show up in the Alexa app.
4. then simply say: "Alexa: turn on the "Garage Light 5 minutes"
5.This will execute your scene created in eFamilyCloud that tuns on the light and shuts it off in 60 seconds.

Enjoy
Title: Re: Can Alexa Turn On Lights for x Amt of Time?
Post by: Jerome on November 30, 2018, 12:39:42 pm
Use Stringify if your IoT is supported :
https://www.reddit.com/r/Stringify/comments/97oxe5/using_a_stringify_flow_from_an_alexa_routine/
Title: Re: Can Alexa Turn On Lights for x Amt of Time?
Post by: Grandpa Techie on March 20, 2020, 06:18:25 pm
I used an Alexa Routine to have my Amazon Smart Plug turn ON the heat in my chair (same as a light) for a fixed amount of time.  (The chair heat plugs into an electrical outlet, so I inserted the Amazon Smart Plug between the chair heat plug and the electrical outlet.)

After setting up your Amazon Smart Plug, I renamed the smart plug to something meaningful.  In my case I renamed it “Chair Plugs”.  Then I changed the Amazon Smart Plug to Type = Light.

To create a Routine, I went to the Alexa App main menu and selected ”Routines” then selected the “+” in the top right of the screen.

My routine is as follows:

ROUTINE NAME: “Turn on my chair heat for 30 minutes”
WHEN THIS HAPPENS: “Alexa, turn on chair heat”
Add action: 
Select:
1) Smart Home, Lights, Chair Plug, Next, Power: On
2) Alexa Say, “Chair heat has been turned on”
3) Wait, Duration is 30 minutes
4) Smart Home, Lights, Chair Plug, Next, Power: Power: Off
5) Alexa Say “Chair heat has been turned off”

If you are turning on anything other than light, I would suggest testing your routine with a light connected to your Amazon Smart Plug.  This same routine will probably work with any brand of smart plugs.