IKEA is probably not the primary firm you consider on the subject of good house equipment, however the Swedish behemoth’s newly HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Residence appropriate lighting would possibly change that. As promised, the IKEA Tradfri vary of related bulbs have been up to date, with a brand new firmware model for the bridge bringing assist for quite a lot of third-party IoT platforms. Given Tradfri’s aggressive pricing, it might properly make it the go-to selection for these desirous to outfit various lighting with good bulbs.
IKEA had talked about the upcoming firmware replace again in March. Till now, the Tradfri bulbs have relied both on IKEA’s wi-fi controllers and switches, or the IKEA companion app. Tremendously rising their flexibility, Apple HomeKit, Google Residence, and Amazon Alexa assist means they’ll now be managed by voice, too.
To allow that, you’ll want to make use of the IKEA app to examine for a brand new firmware replace on the Tradfri hub. That’s not truly included with each lighting equipment IKEA sells: some, extra cheap kits, depend on a direct connection between bulb and controller. Nevertheless the gateway could be bought individually as a later improve, for $29.99.
As soon as related along with your Apple, Google, or Amazon good speaker or machine, you possibly can ask to have lighting in numerous zones managed by way of Siri, the Google Assistant, or Alexa. There’s additionally an sudden bonus, with IKEA additionally apparently including Philips Hue bridge compatibility. Like Philips’ personal bulbs, the Tradfri bulbs use Zigbee to construct a mesh community; if you happen to’ve already bought a Hue bridge put in, the IKEA bulbs ought to present up within the Hue app, too.
Till now, the large benefit Hue has had over Tradfri is its color-changing bulbs. IKEA’s vary has solely included white LEDs, with adjustable dimming, however not the power to flood a room with completely different colours as per Hue. Nevertheless, 9 to five Mac, studies, that’s set to vary. IKEA will apparently start providing multicolor Tradfri bulbs from October 2017.
It’s unclear how these can be priced in comparison with the white-only bulbs, which begin at $11.99 for a single 1,000 lumen unit with the E26 becoming. That’s a few cheaper than what you will discover Hue’s white-only bulbs for, a small distinction if you happen to’re speaking about one bulb alone, however one thing that may add up when you’ve got extra bold installations protecting a number of rooms in thoughts. In contrast to many IKEA merchandise, which require you to go to a retailer to purchase them, a lot of the Tradfri line-up – together with the hub – is offered to buy from the corporate’s web site.