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How To Use the Amazon Echo as a Night Light

Posted by Jamie on November 20, 2018

If you have trouble sleeping and find night lights comforting, perhaps this Alexa skill might help. We all know that the Echo series of devices use the light ring to let you know what’s going on, well by adding a skill to Alexa, you can keep the light illuminated all night long. This tutorial will show you how to set up an Amazon Echo as a night light.

I must admit to not knowing about this skill until I was asked to put together this tutorial. I have no trouble sleeping so it never occurred to me that the Amazon Echo had yet another string to its bow. If you have an Echo Spot, you can take things a step further too which I’ll show you afterwards.

Set up your Amazon Echo as a night light

To set up an Amazon Echo as a night light, we need to use the skill called Night Light. It’s available directly from Amazon and works fine. There are a few skills with similar names on Amazon but this one specifically works well. It’s the one I tried and the one I recommend. You are obviously free to try any of the others though I will describe this skill in particular here.

  1. Open your Alexa pp and select Skills from the menu.
  2. Search for Night Light. You will likely find a few by similar names, the one linked above is the one I suggest, otherwise choose one you like.
  3. Install the skill in the usual way.

Once installed, you just need to say ‘Alexa, open night light’ to enable it. The light ring on the top of the Echo will illuminate and will stay lit until you turn it off with ‘Alexa, turn off night light’ or simply ‘Alexa turn off’.

There are also time options you can use, for example, ‘Alexa, open night light for 30 minutes’. This keeps the light ring glowing for half an hour before turning itself off.

The reason I like this skill is because it is well reviewed and has been covered extensively by other testers. It has also thought to turn off audio feedback. So every time you turn it on or off, Alexa doesn’t respond audibly. It just turns the light on or off.

Other sleep options for the Amazon Echo

If you need a little more from your Echo at bedtime, there are a couple of other useful features you might like. You can configure ambient sounds or sleeping sounds and add a sleep timer to turn everything off once you’re asleep.

Sleep soundly with the Echo

The same way you added Night Light to your Echo to provide a little illumination, you can also add one called Sleep Sounds. This skill is very highly reviewed and can play ambient loops to help you fall asleep. Those sounds include rainfall, thunder, fire, fans, city sounds, birds and a huge range of other sounds.

  1. You can add this skill easily.
  2. Open your Alexa pp and select Skills from the menu.
  3. Search for Sleep Sounds.
  4. Install the skill.

Once installed, say ‘Alexa, ask Sleep Sounds to play thunderstorms’ or ‘Alexa, ask Sleep Sounds to play wind’. If you cannot remember the list, you can ask the app for it with ‘Alexa, ask Sleep Sounds for a list’. You can set a timer too with ‘Alexa, stop in 1 hour’. You can also use the default, ‘Alexa, set a sleep timer for one hour’.

Bedtime stories with the Echo

If you have little ones who have trouble sleeping, you can help them along with a bedtime story. A skill called Short Bedtime Stories will play one of several stories to help them fall asleep. The skill is great if you have kids who don’t want to sleep or have trouble sleeping. I imagine it would also be useful if you’re out somewhere and the sitter doesn’t read them stories.

Enable Night Mode on the Echo Spot

If you have an Echo Spot, you can set up a night mode to help you sleep. It dims the screen and turns the background down so it isn’t quite so bright. I don’t have a Spot but I know someone who does, so this is how to enable it.

  1. Swipe down on your Spot screen and select Settings.
  2. Select Home & Clock and Nigh Mode.
  3. Toggle Nighttime Clock to on.
  4. Set a Schedule to set a timer for Night Mode.

Even with Night Mode turned on, the Spot still puts out a bit of light so your mileage may vary with this setting.

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