IKEA is filling an important feature gap in its smart home system. background: url(https://www.homekitauthority.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Ikea-smart-lighting-homekit-control-80x60.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; If you want better audio and much longer battery life, you can get a UE Boom, or if portability isn’t an issue the £99 Sonos-toting SYMFONISK will see you right, but that’s not really the point here. It’s available in black or white, sits just 10mm proud and works a treat. You then hold an already setup Steering device so it’s touching the bulb or at most 2cm away. IKEA Home Smart lighting review summary Overall I was impressed with the light levels of the TRÅDFRI lighting range and they compared well with the likes of Philips Hue and Hive smart lights. The metal handle attaches using the supplied Allen key – what else - and Bluetooth connection is painless. TRÅDFRI app is basic, but it does the job. } background: url(https://www.homekitauthority.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Ikea-Home-Smart-Tradfri-setup-80x60.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; Sophie Charara. If you want the very best sound at an affordable price, we’d still recommend you go for the basic Sonos One SL, but if the lamp’s mouth-blown-glass-shade-sat-on-a-HomePod aesthetic floats your boat, you won’t be disappointed, especially if you’re integrating it as part of a wider Sonos setup. By }, Once the app is installed, you then follow the instructions which involved scanning the QR code on the back of the unit with your smartphone camera. A blinking light later and you should be good to go. So if you are thinking of putting smart lighting into your home then the IKEA Smart lighting is a good start based on price. background: url(https://www.homekitauthority.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Ikea-tradfri-gateway-80x60.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; HomeKit Authority and its social channels is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and others. In the box, there’s also a metal mounting plate if you want a more permanent position. Aside from adding motorised control to your existing roller blinds using a Soma, IKEA’s approach is the best value complete system available, and significantly, it’s one of the only options for DIY installation. The extra power and driver give the sound quality a welcome boost, making it a speaker more suited to a dining room, kitchen or small living room (the smaller version is great for student accommodation, studies and bedrooms). "bestRating": "100" It reminds us a lot of the Vifa Oslo Bluetooth speaker, that, admittedly at £399, is in a different league, but this remains a compliment to the design team. IKEA has an ever-expanding collection of smart-home products – from lighting control and wireless charging to Sonos-partnered speakers and remote controls. #tdi_80_fc5 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item7 { The company | Trusted Reviews At £45 you shouldn’t really expect much from a Bluetooth speaker, especially one that’s designed to be used around the house, instead of, say, being chucked in a bag and taken on holiday a couple of times a year. Admittedly, you need to supply your own plug socket and USB-C cable, but assuming you have boxes of these kicking around already, that may not be an issue. The setup process is complicated and despite having a gateway hub in its product line, you still need a steering device to pair lights, which adds to the cost. And whether you use it in bedroom or integrated into a 5.1 surround sound set-up, you won’t feel cheated at the price. Just think, feelings at your fingertips. Pros: Discrete; home safety booster; cheapCons: Familiar TRÅDFRI installation issues, By However, if you are a user of the Philips Hue app, then you will feel like you have been short-changed as some advanced features are missing. Looking at the Ikea Home Smart app, on the main page, you get a layout which displays the devices you have connected, separated into rooms. Pros: Home Kit compatible; cheapCons: Limited remote range; fiddly app setup; requires TRÅDFRI gateway, By Controlling the smart devices is done via a “steering device” such as a TRÅDFRI remote control or the Home Smart app when connected to the TRÅDFRI gateway. Adding the Tradfri gateway to HomeKit is like adding any other device. "author": { So you need to take note that each bulb needs to be set up separately and if you have a lot of lights it will take time, but you only need to do this once. The remote has a non-slip ring on the base which keeps it in place on a flat surface, but it’s also magnetic, and ours quickly found its way to the front of the fridge.