Ikea makes grab for affordable smart lighting market

Ikea's plug and play solution features a tiny transmitter that has been installed within the luminaire, which can communicate with a remote control.

Ikea, the flat-pack furniture giant, has announced that it is to release an affordable range of smart luminaires that can be controlled wirelessly using a remote control.

Although the smart lighting market has been growing, it is still often confined only to expensive, high end, products.

Ikea’s TRÅDFRI LED fixture is simpler than many of the already established smart lighting products on the market.

'The new luminaire has been developed after research showed that small changes in lighting can have a great impact on people's well-being and intellectual abilities,' a spokesperson for Ikea commented.

Ikea’s smart luminaires are simple screw-in fixtures that are able to sit in pendant lights and lamps.

The plug and play solution features a tiny transmitter that has been installed within the luminaire, which can communicate with a remote control.

The remote device is able to control up to ten LED light sources around the house and can adjust lighting levels from a warm yellow glow all the way through to ‘full beam’ brightness.

It will also be possible to control the lights using a smartphone app but this will require a hub, similar to the Philips Hue, which allows users to change the brightness levels of their lighting. 

The luminaires will be available to buy in stores in April next year. Ikea has not yet put a price on the light sources, but it is expected that they will be affordable and in line with current prices at the budget retailer. Ikea intends to extend their smart lighting range further in the future to include light panels.

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