Swedish home furniture store IKEA announced its own affordable smart lighting system today called Trådfri, which means "wireless" in Swedish.

The Smart Lighting range of products includes Trådfri LED bulbs, a remote dimmer switch puck, a gateway kit, a motion sensor kit, and dimming lights. IKEA is also introducing a selection of LED light panels and doors that can be built into cabinets for the bedroom and kitchen.

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The Gateway starter kit will cost around $80 and includes two bulbs, a remote, and a gateway hub to connect everything to the app. The Trådfri bulbs have three white color temperature options (2200K, 2700K, and 4000K) that IKEA claims each last around 25,000 hours.

"The Ikea vision is to bring affordable home furnishing solutions to the many people. We know from research that existing smart lighting technology is perceived to be too expensive and difficult to understand, so we have worked to remove those barriers to make smart lighting more accessible," IKEA Home Furnishing expert Helen Longford said in a statement.

Like the Philips Hue series, IKEA's first range of automated lighting products is based on the ZigBee Light Link standard that got released in a number European countries late last year and should see a larger rollout at the end of this month.

IKEA gives a March 31 availability date for the lighting range in Sweden, with the range expected to arrive in the U.K in April, making them likely to roll out to other countries soon. The IKEA website makes no mention of compatibility with existing smart home platforms like Apple HomeKit, but support for other standards seems likely at some point down the line.

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Solomani Avatar
67 months ago
Are they as difficult to assemble like my Fahrvehrblüten chair and Kromsaänerbuigler ottoman?
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Hermes Monster Avatar
67 months ago
Oh great, another set of home automation equipment that doesn't use HomeKit and requires yet another app
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Arran Avatar
67 months ago
Hue has its own app, too.
Yeah, Hue started with it's own app and then migrated to homekit a year or so ago. That's when they released a HomeKit-compatible hub. Upgrading to HomeKit was a simple $40 hub replacement.
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Why does it need to support Homekit?
Hey Siri (amongst other things)
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Tork Avatar
67 months ago
Curious, since it's using ZigBee, if the bulbs will play nice with the Hue base station like some (but not all, I believe) other ZigBee bulbs do. There aren't enough (any??) cooler 3-4000K smart bulbs on the market and I'd be very interested in the 4K setting if it's bright enough (800ish lumens). It sucks that even non-smart LED bulbs are generally only available in too-yellow 2700K and too-cool 5000K.

I know some 5000K smart bulbs exist, but they're just too cool for me. And the Hue bulbs with a sliding scale temperature are too dim (500-600ish lumens, depending on the temp setting) and are twice the price. Hope this by chance works!
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bluespark Avatar
67 months ago
I don't think it will, as per the article "includes two bulbs, a remote, and a gateway hub to connect everything to the app." makes me think it has its own app,
Nearly every mainstream HomeKit-capable product has its own app. I don't follow your thinking.
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The key words here from the quote in the article are 'affordable' and 'expensive'. HomeKit integration has a cost in terms of the need to incorporate a custom HomeKit authentication/encryption chip in each and every device, plus the Apple licensing cost for HomeKit.

Plus not aligning yourself to HomeKit means you can use other mobile operating systems on the same solution...

What's the compelling reason for using HomeKit then? Sounds like using HomeKit means a device that is more expensive to produce, has a per device licensing cost and only supports iOS.
Wow -- some real misconceptions here. For a product to support HomeKit in no way means other operating systems are locked out. They just don't have HomeKit. Nearly everything in my home is HomeKit compatible but also works just fine with any other operating system. Adding a feature doesn't necessarily mean you have to take others away, and it certainly doesn't with HomeKit.

Also, HomeKit does not require that "each and every device" have a special chip. Take Philips Hue, for example (a product that also supports my above point). Individual lights don't connect at all to HomeKit. Rather, they connect to the Hue bridge, which is HomeKit capable. That bridge manages the HomeKit integration and the security features (etc.). Case in point, I bought my entire Hue setup before Philips supported HomeKit. Once they added that support, I needed only to upgrade my bridge, at which point every light in my house became accessible via HomeKit.
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Why does it need to support Homekit?
It probably doesn't to sell decently well, and Ikea may have made the right choice for their needs. But what you're hearing here is that many people really like what HomeKit has to offer and wouldn't welcome a "smart home" product into their own homes if it didn't offer HomeKit support. If you're not worried about device security (I doubt most people are) and just want lights that Alexa or whatever can turn on and off, then these should be fine. Many people here want more.
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H2SO4 Avatar
67 months ago
Oh great, another set of home automation equipment that doesn't use HomeKit and requires yet another app
Why does it need to support Homekit?
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