CNET First Look
Ikea's 'Tradfri' smart lights are very, very basicThey don't work with any third parties (sorry, Alexa), and the starter kit costs more than a competing kit from Philips Hue. Still, there might be some value here.
[MUSIC] If you've ever taken the time to wonder all the way through the entire IKEA, you might have notice that one of the last sections you walked through is all about lighting and now you'll find a smart lighting options to. IKEA calls it the [UNKNOWN] in the line of smart lighting products and you have a couple of different ways in The big one is this smart lighting kit that costs $80. It's got a hub, two bulbs that change between white light color temperatures, and a little remote gizmo that we actually couldn't get to work, despite trying multiple batteries with it. So that was kind of a letdown. The system worked fine and was easy enough to use, but it's very, very basic Like it feels cheap, the app seems cheap. It doesn't work with anything, you can't use Alexa or HomeKit or anything with these bulbs. They're just an isolated Ikea smart home ecosystem. That said, I'm actually much more enthusiastic about the less expensive ways into the [UNKNOWN] system. This one that comes with a bulb and a motion sensor, you just pair the motion sensor by holding a button, and holding it next to the bulb And then you can set using little dials on the back how long it takes to turn the light off after detecting motion and turning it on. Really easy, very simple way to automate a lamp in your bedroom or in your home and it only costs $25. That's a good deal, that's about as cheap as you'll find for a motion sensor and smart bulb. If you wanted to add in that [UNKNOWN] gateway later to add in the app, you can do that too. The other option that's kind of interesting is even less expensive. It's this $20 kit that comes with a smart bulb and a little magnetic remote accessory, it's just a wireless gizmo that you Twist in order to dim the light up and down. It's a little finicky, it's not as precise as I would like. If nothing else, maybe the next time you're out at Ikea buying a new bookshelf or entertainment center, you'll toss one of these 20 or $25 kits into your cart as sort of an add on. I think there's nothing wrong with that, it's a good way to sort of try out smart lighting, in your home, with a little Ikea spin. [MUSIC]