Ikea is set to premier a large range of affordable, energy efficient smart lights next month, which users will be able to control remotely via their smartphone.
The move is likely to trigger a smart lighting price war within the industry.
Ikea has also hinted that it is interested in developing human centric lighting products in the future.
The store is set to premier a large range of affordable, energy efficient smart lights next month, which users will be able to control remotely via their smartphone.
The products, which will arrive in April, will include LED luminaires and lighting panels, which will all be connected to a new app that will enable users to manage and personalise their lighting.
Prices will start at £15 and users will only have to switch their current luminaires to Ikea’s Tradfri bulbs to start to take advantage of remote management.
It is expected that Ikea’s new technology will offer stiff competition to the much more expensive Philips Hue. A Philips starter kit costs on the upward side of £150, while an Ikea starter kit will cost just £69.
In the Autumn the Ikea app will add an ‘away from home’ function, which will allow customers to put Ikea lights on timers and allow users to check to see what lights are on in the house remotely.
The meated-up app will also allow customers to turn lights on or off remotely if their plans change while they are out and about.
Ikea has also been taking note of the increasing importance of human centric lighting in the industry and are in the process of undertaking their own research.
The company has already accepted that small changes in lighting can have a positive impact on people's wellbeing and intellectual abilities and future Ikea ranges could be developed to reflect this.
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