The lights can be controlled through a variety of means and thankfully Ikea has adopted one of the more popular smart home standards to make the whole system work.
Ikea is launching a new range of Smart Lighting in the United Kingdom the company has announced a new range of smart lighting accessories. Ikea's new home hub and smart lights use this platform, which is also used by the extremely popular Phillips Hue bulbs.
One kit lets you change from cold to warm white light in three clicks and from a "strong and clear" light to a "soft and subtle" one. Like most of Ikea's wares, the company is pursing an extremely aggressive pricing scheme, with a base set of the internet gateway, a remote, and two Trådfri bulbs running just 749 kr, or roughly $85.40. When you walk into a room, the light will automatically switch on and remain lit until one, five or 10 minutes have passed.
The range, which will arrive in United Kingdom stores in April, includes energy-efficient LED bulbs, as well as lighting panels and doors. They're created to fit in BESTÅ cabinets and METOD kitchens, offering personalised lighting in one of the most important areas in the house.
Of all the home automation products out there, smart lighting is the one that often makes the most sense.
There is both an Android (requires KitKat 4.4 or above) and iOS app but to use the apps you will need to have the TRÅDFRI gateway.
However, while Ikea's products are a heck of a lot cheaper than rivals, they're not now compatible with either Amazon Alexa nor the upcoming Google Home.
Trådfri uses the ZigBee Light Link standard allowing a lighting network to be easily setup for your home. "We're busy exploring new ways of implementing technology in the home and will continue to develop ranges in the years to come".
Move over Philips Hue - IKEA has just announced it's launching a smart lighting collection in April that will offer the luxury of remote light dimming and scheduling at a tantalisingly affordable price. At this stage it is unknown whether Australia will see this product but we have reached out to IKEA for more information.