With the LightwaveRF Skill, you can now use Alexa to control LightwaveRF smart home devices, including lighting, heating and power, using voice commands. To get started, select the ‘Enable Skill’ button in the Alexa App to link your LightwaveRF account and discover your device(s).
To command LightwaveRF devices using the LightwaveRF skill, you need to specify by name which device you wish to control.
There are two ways to define these names:
1. Use the names that you have already setup in the LightwaveRF App; these are displayed in and can be edited using the LightwaveRF App.
2. Create a new Alexa ‘group’, such as ‘Bedroom’ or ‘Downstairs’, using the Alexa App. You can then add new LightwaveRF devices to this group. More information is available at http://amzn.to/2965dCE.
Once you know the name of your group (e.g. bedroom sockets), you can command Alexa by saying:
“Alexa, turn on bedroom sockets”.
If you have dimmers, you can change the brightness. For example: “Alexa, brighten Downstairs to 60%", or "Alexa, dim Living room lights to 20%”. When Alexa changes the brightness level, it will reference the level that was last set using Alexa or the LightwaveRF App.
For more information, and a list of possible commands, please visit http://www.lightwaverf.com/alexa
Find more information about connecting smart home devices at http://amzn.to/291lR7u.
Please note: as with the operation of the LightwaveRF App, for some devices initial device status and feedback of device status after an executed command is not reported.
Smart Home Skill.
This skill may share device information with Amazon.
Commands routed through LightwaveRF servers used to be subject to latency but as this only arose when you were outside of your own WiFi (i.e. away from home), it didn't usually matter. Since the advent of Alexa and the LightwaveRF skill, even commands you issue at home have to be routed through the server. LightwaveRF have done huge amounts of work to overcome this latency. I understand that they're still tweaking things.
Whilst response delays are now negligible, I was experiencing an intermittent issue of dropped commands. I initially blamed LightwaveRF for this but thanks to excellent, proactive assistance from the company, I was a able to identify a problem with a network cable, LAN port or possibly interference by having the hub too close to my WiFi router. Since correcting this, Alexa control of LightwaveRF work 100% of the time and my kit often responds before Alexa has even had a chance to say OK.
I am now very pleased with LightwaveRF and commend them on their excellent customer service.
OK, so device works well with both sockets and lights however if you over complicate the device names this can be a problem as Alexa gets confused. Thinks like Main lights on or dim main lights work OK but if you try and use fancy names like bifolding light on, Alexa struggles to understand. The shorter the command the better. Basically stick to main door window lights to get the best results
Excellent app, really enjoying controlling my lights via Alexa.
The use of groups is particularly useful when having multiple lights/sockets together. For example in my living room I have 2 lighting circuits controlled via a double dimmer. I don't really want to control them separately, so now just have 1 group called Living Room, with both the lights on.
To be honest, given how clunky the standard android lightwave app is I am really enjoying how good this is!
I've been installing Lightwave RF tech around the house for the last couple of years, adding Alexa to it has brought it all together. As mentioned in previous reviews, take your time setting up names for rooms / scenes etc. and you'll have no problems. Its great asking asking Alexa to turn on "bedtime", this turns off the downstairs lights / sockets and turns on the bedroom and landing lights. Brilliant & very impressive.