Since launching its smart lighting products in March, Swedish home furniture company IKEA has promised support for smart home platform by this summer. However, a delay in the integration process appears inevitable.
Media outlet 9to5Mac recently published a report saying that IKEA has rolled out an update allowing its smart lighting system to work with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
Few hours after the news was published, IKEA made a Facebook post, saying that its smart lighting product line is not yet ready for Apple, Amazon or Google’s smart platform. “Everything will work as we’d like this fall,” the company wrote.
The IKEA smart lighting series, named Trådfri, includes light bulb, light panel, cabinet light and other accessories such as wireless remote control, motion sensor and gateway. The prices vary from US$295 (a double-wide cabinet with two LED cabinet doors) to US$25 (a standard LED smart light bulb).
They were first introduced in March, and the company announced that they would become compatible with other smart home platforms in summer 2017.
All the IKEA lighting products can already communicate with one another via the ZigBee protocol – in the same fashion as Philips Hue. Homeowners need to install a gateway using a Wi-Fi router to be able to control the lights with a smartphone app. They can turn on or off the lights or pre-set when the lights will be turned on or off.
A basic package include a gateway hub, a wireless remote and two smart light bulbs. It costs about US$85. Some starter kits and combo deals are also available.
With ZigBee connectivity built-in, IKEA light bulbs can potentially communicate with many other smart home products and platforms, such as Wink, SmartThings, IFTTT, Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa.