Ikea's Smart Lighting Is Here To Save Us All

By Holly Brockwell on at

The smart home has officially gone mainstream: Ikea's made its own line of smart lighting.

It's great news for everyone who loved the idea of Philips Hue and the like, but didn't fancy paying £100s for it: Ikea's range starts at just £15.

The new additions to the Homesmart collection arrive in stores and online next month, and include:

  • Trådfri gateway kit, £69
    Includes two white LED bulbs, a remote control and a gateway that enables connectivity to the app
  • Trådfri dimming kit white spectrum, £29
    One minute you’re using the dining area as an office, the next, you need to create the right atmosphere for a dinner party. A few clicks on the remote control is all it takes. Change the colour in three steps from cold to warm white. Users can also dim the light, from strong and clear to soft and subtle and back again.
  • Trådfri dimming kit warm white, £15
    Instantly change the atmosphere by dimming between subtle and strong warm white light. This plug-and-play kit includes one remote and one warm white LED bulb. Complete with a magnet function, the remote can be hung on the wall or moved around the house and comes in black, white and yellow.
  • Trådfri wireless motion sensor kit, £25
    This solution gives the home a sense of safety with lighting that responds instantly. Walk in to a room and the light automatically switches on and when leaving the room it turns back off.

Trådfri means "wire-free," FYI.

There's also a selection of LED light doors and panels, designed for homes without much natural daylight (that'll be all of London, then). These range from £55 to £100, and fit on walls, ceilings, BESTÅ cabinets and METOD kitchens. Like the bulbs, you use a remote control to change the colour between warm daylight and cool white.

Ikea says you won't need to make any wiring changes in the home: the new bulbs go into your existing sockets and lamps. The accompanying Trådfri app lets you choose different types of light for different times of day, and later this year you'll be able to schedule timers and turn lights off remotely too.

Helen Akinsete, Lighting Sales Leader at IKEA UK said:

"Our research told us that the existing smart lighting technology was perceived as being too expensive and difficult to understand. With this in mind, we set out to make our smart lighting solutions easy to use and affordable."

Akinsete said the new range is a result of the success of Ikea's wireless charging furniture:

"Our first offering, wireless charging, was hugely successful and smart lighting was a natural progression as our second launch. We’re busy exploring new ways of implementing technology in the home and will continue to develop ranges in the years to come."

However, while Ikea's products are a heck of a lot cheaper than rivals, they're not currently compatible with either Amazon Alexa nor the upcoming Google Home. Hopefully that'll change, although if it involves correctly pronouncing Ikea product names, we're out.