Hey y’all, it’s Rose, and today we’re going to take a look at IKEA’s Tread Free, Tradefry, Trade free, IKEA’s smart lighting system. This particular kit includes a Gateway that allows you to connect to the lights usingyour smartphone, as well as two dimmable bulbs, and a remote control for $79.99. So let’s open it up and take a look.
I don’t typically do unboxing and installation videos because frankly, I feel like they’re Hey what’s up! Xiaomi invited me to attend their first MIDC IOT conference. Some interesting developments… redundant, but in this case, IKEA hasn’t provided enough guidance. The packaging is ******** but once you get past that setup is fairly easy. You download the app, plug the gateway into your router and into a power source, connectthe remote to the gateway, screw in your bulbs, turn them on, open up the back of your remote,hold down the connect button, and you’re good to go. I can’t say that setup was seamless, but I was able to work through the challenges withoutcontacting support. The good news is that once you have everything setup, it’s fairly easy to use.
For the past week, I’ve been putting IKEA’s smart bulbs through the ringer. 21 Decor ideas with Hot Glue gun+ #2 From the app, you can control lights individually or in a group. You can dim them, and they are tunable. You can also set moods to click and adjust the settings quickly. From here you can also turn the lights on or off and set rules like one that turns thelights off one minute and back on the next. Unfortunately, rules worked just okay for me. For example, the on/off rules would consistently turn the lights on, but would not always turnthem back off.
And I hate to be the bearer of more bad news, but you can only use the app when connectedto your home network. You cannot control IKEA lights from anywhere. While home, you can also control up to 10lights using the remote. I was able to use the remote from about 20feet away. So let’s talk pros and cons:The gateway must remain plugged into a power source and also to Ethernet. But remember, the lights are not dependent upon the gateway. So if you lose your internet connection, you can still control them locally using the remote;you just can’t control them with the mobile app.
The lights use ZLL which is Zigbee Light Link. According to Hue, the bulbs can’t connect to the Philips Hue Bridge because they don’trespond in the expected way for a Zigbee compatible product. But what about connecting third-party bulbs to the IKEA gateway? I successfully connected both Hue and GE Link bulbs. The downside is that you can no longer control the lights from anywhere. You also lose the ability to control color if you have a color-capable Hue bulb. Instead, you are limited to the same light patterns and tones available to the IKEA bulbs.
You can, however, include your third-party bulbs in the IKEA rules. You can also control them using the app, and the remote. Final thoughts. I paid $80 for this. Though I understand the security value of controlling devices locally, I want to controlmy lights from anywhere. For not that much more money, you can get a Starter Kit from Hue which includes comparabledevices, also greater compatibility, easier setup, and you can control them from anywhere. I appreciate y’all spending time with me today.
Next time, we’re going to take a look at Blink XT because it is finally shipping. In the comments below, let me know if you would prefer a review of Blink XT or if youwould prefer that I compare it to Arlo Pro. Also, in the description below, you will find several helpful links related to IKEA, andI am just so thankful that y’all spent time with me today, and I look forward to seeingyou next time!