Ikea will soon launch a new range of connected intelligent lighting luminaire products in Sweden. The Swedish company is set to break the prices in this market which remains one of the most popular Smart Home product.
This new range of connected objects, called “Trådfri” – which means “wireless” in Swedish – will use a ZigBee gateway connected to the internet via Ethernet, making it easy to create a local network to control the bulbs in the house.
Small changes in the lighting of the house can have a significant impact on our well-being and even on our intellectual abilities. Studies show that there is a significant difference between cold light and warm light. Cold light promotes learning while warm light contributes to relaxation.
Intelligent lighting at Ikea
With a mobile application, the user can manage the brightness of his home on the spot or remotely, and change the intensity or light tone. It is nothing new since it is already the promise that fulfilled by the Philips Hue range.
But Ikea expects to distinguish itself at the level of prices: the kit comprising 2 bulbs, the hub, and a remote control will be offered to 749 crowns or about €79.
The gateway alone will cost €25 and €15 for the remote control. The extra bulbs will be sold 20 € per unit. Aggressive prices!
This launch is the first step of IKEA in the field of intelligent lighting and the second in the smart home – the first was taken last year with the launch of wireless chargers for mobile phones. IKEA sees great potential in the Smart Home market. New launches will follow in the years to come, allowing customers to complete the development of their smart home.