Ikea Takes on Philips Hue with Smart-Home Lighting Collection
Ikea's smart lighting range includes LED bulbs, a gateway kit with app-based control that connects to the Internet, dimming lights, and a unique remote control.
Ikea is joining the ranks of Amazon and Apple, bringing smart-home control to consumers with the promise of an easy setup and attractive pricetag. The furniture store's smart lighting line is called Trådfri, which means "wireless" in Swedish.
The line launched in the U.K. in late March, and pricing was available on Ikea's U.S. website in early April.
What's in Ikea's Smart Lighting Collection:
- LED bulbs (starting at $11.99)
- Gateway ($29.99) and gateway kit ($79.99)
- Motion sensor kit ($24.99)
- Dimming lights (starting at $19.99)
- Remote control ($12.99)
The heart of the system is the gateway device, which uses Ethernet to connect to the Internet and create a local network called, guess what, Trådfri.
The gateway kit (shown above) includes the Internet gateway, a remote control and two bulbs. The Trådfri app offers personalized presets of warm or cool light.
In a promotional video (below), Ikea shows how the motion-controlled dimmer switch can be used to dim lights by rolling the "switch" in your hand.
The U.K. release mentioned LED light panels and doors designed to be fitted into kitchen cabinets, but these products were not featured on the U.S. website at the time of writing.
Currently Ikea is carrying warm and cool whites, but no colors just yet.
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