I Use an Amazon Smart Plug to Help Me Wake Up in the Mornings

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I Use an Amazon Smart Plug to Help Me Wake Up in the Mornings

When I first moved into my new apartment in the winter, I would wake up at 7+ a.m. and it would still be dark outside. I don’t know if it’s just me, but knowing it’s time to wake up just isn’t enough sometimes, especially when it’s still dark and the blanket wrapping around me refuses to let me up.

This led me to lying down on my bed for longer than I should have, knowing if I could just turn on the lamp in the corner of my room, I’d wake up much more easily.

The lamp I had in the corner of my room is plugged into a typical electrical outlet, meaning every time I wanted to turn it on, I had to conventionally approach it. I thought there has to be a better way, so I searched for a solution.

At first, I thought about getting a Smart Bulb, which is a lightbulb that connects to your phone so you can turn it on or off remotely. However, after some further research, I came across something that is more flexible and useful for my needs.

It turns out that Amazon sells a Smart Plug, which is essentially a wall plug that connects to your phone as well as to Alexa (to an Echo Dot in my case), so you can turn on the plug by using your phone as a remote or by using a voice command to Alexa.

NOTE
You do not need to have an Echo Dot to use the Smart Plug. The Smart Plug connects to the Amazon Alexa app on your phone so you can turn it on or off remotely, but if you have an Alexa-enabled device such as the Echo Dot, you would be able to add the ability to connect to your Smart Plug with voice commands.

Because the functionality lies in the Smart Plug and not the lamp, the possibilities of what you can plug into the Smart Plug are endless. Basically, anything that you connect to the wall, you can connect it to the Smart Plug, say, electric fans, space heater, phone chargers,…

These days, since both my Smart Plug and my Echo Dot are connected to my Alexa mobile app, whenever I need the lamp turned on after I wake up, I would just need to say:

“Echo, turn on the lamp.”

“Okay.” Echo would respond and turn on the lamp automatically without me having to approach it at all. I can also command it to “turn off the lamp”.

TIPS
My voice command “Echo, turn on the lamp” isn’t what you have to stick with by default! I named my Smart Plug “lampe” in the Amazon Alexa app, so that’s what I’m using in my voice command. If you were to name your plug “fan”, “heater”, or whatever it is you name it, then that’s what you would use in your voice commands when communicating with Alexa.

So how does the Amazon Smart Plug work?

1. Step one is to get the Smart Plug. As far as I know, Amazon and Best Buy sell them.

2. Step two, download the Amazon Alexa app on your phone and log into your Amazon account.

3. Step three, insert the plug into the wall while having the app on. Ensure that you are connected to the Wi-Fi.

4. Step four, respond to the prompt that should now automatically appear in the Alexa app. When setting up the plug settings in the app, you can name it into anything you want, but keep in mind that it affects your voice command to your Alexa devices, if you have any.

For example, if I were name the plug “Bedroom Light” as shown below, I would have to tell my Echo Dot, “Echo, turn on the Bedroom Light.” If you would like to change the name of the plug later on, no worries because that’s certainly doable through the app.

5. That’s it! If you do not have an Echo Dot or if you prefer to turn the plug on using your phone, you can certainly do so!

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