Alexa not recognising an emulated_hue name

I’m a bit stumped with this - I’ve exposed two phrases to Alexa where one works (Christmas Lights) and the other doesn’t (Film Mode), but I can’t see why it’s not working.

Both “devices” appear in my Alexa app and both work and interact with HA when I press the on/off button, so I at least know the yaml code is working ok. However, when I say “Alexa, Film Mode On”, I get an error chime.

I’ve tried changing the phrase to “Movie Mode”, “Movie Time”, “Film Mode”, and “Cinema Mode”.

Does anyone have any suggestions please?

configuration.yaml
emulated_hue:
  host_ip: !secret ha_host
  expose_by_default: false
 
  
customize.yaml
    group.xmas_tree_lights:
      emulated_hue_hidden: false
      emulated_hue_name: "Christmas Lights"

    input_boolean.movie_mode:
      emulated_hue_hidden: false
      emulated_hue_name: "Film Mode"
      

input_boolean.yaml
  movie_mode:
    name: Movie Mode
    initial: off
    
    
automations/media.yaml
- alias: "Movie Mode"
  trigger:
    - platform: state
      entity_id: input_boolean.movie_mode
      from: 'off'
      to: 'on'
  action:
    #action items
  
  
groups.yaml
  xmas_tree_lights:
    name: Christmas Tree Lights
    entities:
      - switch.tplink_sw4
      - switch.tplink_sw5


switches.yaml
  - platform: tplink
    host: !secret tplink_sw4
    name: tplink_sw4
  - platform: tplink
    host: !secret tplink_sw5
    name: tplink_sw5
<IP>:8300/api/pi/lights
{"2": {"modelid": "HASS123", "name": "Christmas Lights", "state": {"bri": 255, "on": true, "reachable": true}, "swversion": "123", "type": "Dimmable light", "uniqueid": "group.xmas_tree_lights"}, "3": {"modelid": "HASS123", "name": "Film Mode", "state": {"bri": 0, "on": false, "reachable": true}, "swversion": "123", "type": "Dimmable light", "uniqueid": "input_boolean.movie_mode"}}

description.xml
<root xmlns="urn:schemas-upnp-org:device-1-0">
<specVersion>
<major>1</major>
<minor>0</minor>
</specVersion>
<URLBase>http://<IP removed>:8300/</URLBase>
<device>
<deviceType>urn:schemas-upnp-org:device:Basic:1</deviceType>
<friendlyName>HASS Bridge (<IP removed>)</friendlyName>
<manufacturer>Royal Philips Electronics</manufacturer>
<manufacturerURL>http://www.philips.com</manufacturerURL>
<modelDescription>Philips hue Personal Wireless Lighting</modelDescription>
<modelName>Philips hue bridge 2015</modelName>
<modelNumber>BSB002</modelNumber>
<modelURL>http://www.meethue.com</modelURL>
<serialNumber>1234</serialNumber>
<UDN>uuid:2f402f80-da50-11e1-9b23-001788255acc</UDN>
</device>
</root>

Although Alexa is amazingly lenient in what she’ll understand, the proper trigger is “Alexa, turn on…”.

At a guess, Christmas lights is more effective by virtue of having lights in it and Christmas being an easily identifiable word.

ahhhh, thank you Bobby, that has indeed done the trick!! :slight_smile:

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Cool, glad to hear she heard you at last :slight_smile:

On the flip side I’m staggered at the rubbish the missus spouts at ours and Alexa still recognises it though I’ve been careful to rename anything with ‘lights’ in it as she often managed to trigger everything inside and outside the house to shut off at once whilst improvising!