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Brief Published: 9 Jun 2017

Voice-Controlled Ambience: Ikea Smart Lighting

Ikea has launched a range of smart lighting kits – challenging the notion that intelligent lighting has to be expensive. Starting from £15 ($19) and offering various solutions from LED bulbs to panels, the collection now has added compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant.

The low price point allows a broad audience to start exploring the ambient and interactive possibilities of a smart LED bulb. The lights are easy to use and install: the old bulb simply needs to be replaced with the smart one. The colour and intensity of the light can be adjusted via remote control, app or voice control.

With Apple’s Home app – an application for controlling multiple connected devices – users can customise and pre-set their lighting differently in each room. Opening the connected home to everyone, the lighting kits become part of the smart-home ecosystem, alongside thermostats, door locks and other sensor-embedded products.

In addition to the bulbs, the collection includes LED light panels and doors. The panels can be fixed to walls or ceilings, while the doors can either be used on their own, or fitted into the brand’s two compatible cabinet ranges. Resembling daylight, both of these products are intended to enhance wellbeing.

See Intelligent Light for more lighting innovations that allow total control over ambience. Also, see Milan 2017: Lighting for more inspirational solutions.