Light temperature affects your brain
Light that’s on the bluer, cooler end helps energize you—and could be making it harder for you to fall asleep at night.
Warmer, more yellow light causes the brain to release melatonin to help you relax and prepare your body for sleep.
With Alexa-connected smart lights, you can easily update your light temperature depending on the time of day and what you’re doing. You can even set up Alexa routines that set the light bluer when you’re working in the morning, then shift to warmer light later when it’s time to unwind—so you can set it and forget it as I like to say 🙂
Do This Now: Activate my light color-optimized morning & evening routines
Just click the links below from your smartphone, and follow the prompts to view each one in the Alexa app.
Note that before you save and activate each routine, you will need to update it with your own smart lights in the Alexa app by tapping into the smart light action (an orange triangle with an “!” will indicate where you select your light).
- Tap/click here for our Morning Lights routine to turn on bright, cool-tinted lights in the morning in your bedroom or home office so it’s energizing. (I’ve set it to go on automatically at the same time my weekday alarm goes off, but you can update the time by tapping “6:45 a.m” and changing the time to suit you)
- Tap/click here for our Sunset Lights routine to turn on the lights in a softer, golden hue when the sun sets where you are. (Note that you’ll also be prompted to tap into “At sunset” in case you want to make any edits)
Pro Tip #1
Already have morning and evening smart light routines you like? You can update the light temperature in your other routines by opening them, tapping the smart light action and selecting “Set color temperature.”
Pro Tip #2
If you want to add more smart lights set to specific color temps to any routines, note that you’ll need to put each bulb into the routine individually to get the color change—unfortunately, you can’t set the color temperature for the bulbs in a group. (At least, not yet!)
Pro Tip #3
Not seeing the option to set the color temperature of your smart light? While most smart lights let you adjust from warm white to cool white (and some even let you select any color in the rainbow!), some models don’t have this capability. If you’re having this issue, check out this smart light.