Just select "sunset" or "sunrise" to kick them off!
If you have Alexa-connected smart lights, there's a good chance you have an Alexa routine that turns them on every evening at a set time when it usually gets dark outside (if you don't, follow the easy steps below under the "Do This Now" section below to create one!).
The Problem: As spring transitions to summer and every day brings more hours of sunlight, the "dark outside" time is getting later and later.
The Solution: Instead of continually updating your routine as the light changes, set it up to kick off at sunset -- you can even have it kick off up to 60 min before or after sunset. This is a small feature that's helpful in a big way -- you'll never have to reschedule your evening Alexa routine again :)
Pro Tip #1: You can also kick off Alexa routines at sunrise! I keep a lamp on in my living room at night as a sort of "night light," and I love having it set up to automatically turn off at sunrise.
Do This Now: Set up an Alexa routine that kicks off at sunset
Pro Tip #2: If you don't have smart lights yet, tap/click here to check out VoiceBrew's guide to selecting the right ones for you and setting them up. Smart lights have become extremely easy to set up -- they connect directly to Alexa, and no hub, new light fixtures or re-wiring is required.
- Create a new Alexa routine (or open an existing one)
- Tap "When this happens"
- Tap "Schedule"
- Tap "Sunset"
- If you want the routine to kick off up to 60 min before or after sunset, update the "Time Offset"
- Tap "Next" in the upper right corner
- Tap "Add action" to set the actions (like turning on your smart lights) you want to happen when the sun goes down