IKEA Smart Lights are FINALLY GOOD!? Ikea Tradfri Review!

IKEA Smart Lights are FINALLY GOOD!? Ikea Tradfri Review!


– Hello and welcome to the show! My name is Alex and this is TechFlow. Today, we’re going to be talking about IKEA’s
smart lighting system. So let’s get straight in to this. So whether I’m saying this right or not, around
a year ago, I did a video on this system, the Ikea Tradfri, sort of smart lighting,
home implementation type of devices. You have a hub here which communicates with
different devices like non-colour changing lights and colour changing lights and they
also do a smart plug now and different bits and bobs like that, but if you watch that
video I did a year ago of this stuff, when it first came out, well, it wasn’t very good. It didn’t work very well. I told you guys not to buy it. So for the last year, because of that bad
experience, these things have been sat in my cupboard collecting dust, up until around
two months ago where I got them back out to give them a second chance, updated all of
their firmware and this is my experience. So before we go ahead and install of these
lights and see how they work and what they can do, we need to set a base for this video
and that base is the price. What we’re going to go ahead and do is compare
these to the industry leaders – the Philips Hue. So this is the warm and opal white variant
of the lights – so this doesn’t change colour. We’ve got two of these and they’re £9
each, so we’ll add two of these to our basket. So we’ll push both of these off now to one
side. We need to add two of the colour changing
variants here, so let’s scroll down. I think they’re £22 – yep, right here. And now we need the IKEA Bridge. This is called the Tradfri Bridge and essentially
this is what you need – you connect it to your modem and then this goes ahead and communicates with the lights. So for the exact same set up that I’ve got
here with IKEA, for two of these Kelvin changing lights and then two of these colour changing
lights and the Bridge, we’re looking at a grand total of £174.97 which gives us a saving
of, well, around £72 to £73 which, over on IKEA, you could get a fair few more lights
for that. Ha! Okay. This looks like a winner if it works. So essentially you need this puck, which I’ve
already explained and I’ll show you guys how to link it. But as you guys can see, this now works with
the puck so you don’t need the Bridge – all you do is link of all of the lights with this
puck. You can go ahead and change the colour, the
brightness with this puck and essentially, if you take the back off the puck, there’s
a little button under there which you hold near the lights for about ten seconds. The light will flash
and then it’s connected to the puck. So as you guys can see, we’ve got one, two,
three, four lights so far. This’ll be the fifth. So what we’re going to go ahead and do now
is open up the IKEA Tradfri app on my phone and as you guys can see, I’ve already got
one light installed. That’s actually a panel light, which is lighting
this side of my face. I’m not sure if you guys can see that or not
as I toggle it on and off. What we’re going to go ahead and do is add
this puck which controls the other five lights in this room. So to do that, we click the settings icon,
we click on to devices and then we click the plus button. It’s going to ask us what we are trying to
add, so we’re going to add the remote control. And then once you’ve done that, you’re going
to want to go ahead and find the gateway with its ethernet port and power plugged in to
it, to a power port. By the way, it’s powered by USB, which is
awesome. Hold this for ten seconds next to the gateway. You’ll get a prompt on your phone saying “device
found” and then it’ll ask you to wait for a quick second and there you go. It’s done. You can then go ahead and rename the remote
controls, so I’ll just rename this “office control.” So next it says to turn on your light, well
we’ll use this one as a demonstration. It’s already on. We’ll go ahead and click next on here. We’re going to say this controller because
it, well, looks like this one – it’s the one we’re using. We’re going to click next and now it’s asking
us to hold the puck near the bulb again like we did the first time and hold it for ten
seconds. I’m going to take the cover off this light,
press and hold for ten seconds and you’ll see the light dim and there you go – as you
guys can see, please wait for a moment, device found – and then shortly after, it will ask
us to re-name our new bulb. And now you just go ahead and repeat this
step for every single one of the bulbs. Cool. All of our lights are added. So there we go, I’ve added our five bulbs
in to one room in the app which I’ve called “Main Office” as you guys can see right here. If I go ahead and click the button, it toggles
off all of the lights in here and I can turn them back on again. I can also go ahead and change things like
the colour temperature of, well, these bulbs. So you can go all of the way from warm white
to, well, white white or light white and then you can go ahead and change to all of these
different colours. So you can have purple, orange, pink. Absolutely, well, pretty much anything under
the sun that you need. And these lights should be exactly the same. So I should be able to go on to PC Left and
change that there and then go on to PC Right and change that just as easily. There we go – those are the colour changing
bulbs. They’re pretty bright – 600 lumens. A problem for these cheap smart bulbs is actually
getting them right when they are in colour mode which, yeah, these ones are more than
adequate. I’m happy for the price that I would have
paid for these. And then, as far as these lights are concerned,
these aren’t the colour changing ones, however, you can get an extra 400 lumens of brightness
– you can change the brightness of these lights. No colour changing though, but you still get
the control on here. So if we turn that off, does it work with
Google Home? (Beep) Turn on the office lights. – [Google Home] Sure, turning thirteen lights
on. – Okay, so I think the burning question is:
Do you save yourself the £70 from Philips Hue and get this IKEA set up? You’ve got a few things that you need to consider. The main one being the type of lights that
you need. Now, if you go over to IKEA’s website – I’ll
drop the link in the description – you can see what type of bulb fittings they have. Now they pretty much cover everything all
the way from bayonet to sort of GU10 to candlelight but when I’m saying the “type of lights,”
I mean that Philips Hue do loads of lights. They do bloom lights, they do LED strips. These are things that you can’t find yet anyway
over on the IKEA system. They make more industrial lights like light
panels that work absolutely fine with this system. So it depends on what lights you want. But as far as the actual usability of the
system goes, for saving yourself £70, you can’t really go wrong in 2019. I wouldn’t have said that two years ago though
but these guys, well they’ve definitely caught up. So we’ll leave the links in the description
but for now, my name has been Alex, this has been TechFlow and we’ll catch you in the next
one. Adios.


100 thoughts on “IKEA Smart Lights are FINALLY GOOD!? Ikea Tradfri Review!

  1. Hi, I'm sure you did a video where you recommended a wifi power strip with alexa capabilities, but I cant find it anywhere, can anyone help me find it?

  2. What is his addiction to smart lights or lighting in general? A lot of his content are WiFi, lights, desk/ game room building. It’s repetitive

  3. I've heard that these IKEA bulbs can work with the Philips Hue Bridge if they're on updated firmware. Anyone know if this is true?

  4. For the non-swedish people ''Trådfri'' pretty much means wireless. There's also ''Trådlös'' which means the same.

  5. Do some more network videos and make a video on what happy to yt channel past few days in detail's 🇮🇳❤️😊

  6. alex you have missed out you can control them via the homekit app on iphones/ipads/mac/macbooks as long you have a ipad or apple tv or any apple device that is on standby or on at home connected to you home network (wifi) you can use this function i have had tradfri nearly since launch also they are releasing smart blinds later this year to use on the tradfri system you can also get led drivers that you can use with led strip (not colour changing ones) but they are looking to to change this in the near future (source ikea customer service)

  7. We have bought all lights for our new apartment from IKEA, Tradfri. We’ve been really happy about them, works best HomeKit, even though it works a little slower on Alexa, but it does the job.

  8. I connected it all to the hue bridge. Don't really like the IKEA app but like their products. Also the colour changing bulbs only show 12 different colours or so via the IKEA app. If you use the Hue app you have more colour choices. 😛

  9. Don’t know if this was covered in the video but how do you connect the ikea lights to the google assistant?

  10. You honestly have no idea what you are talking about – telling people to connect the hub to their modem? Really….
    Also learn how to pronounce Ethernet you donkey.
    Well done for trying but the one tip I would give to anybody watching your videos is 'DONT GO BY WHAT HE SAYS'

  11. You do know you can add ikea lights updated to latest firmware to your Philips Hue app and use all the hue dimmers/hardware with them. No need for ikea own controllers anymore.

  12. You do know you can add ikea lights updated to latest firmware to your Philips Hue app and use all the hue dimmers/hardware with them. No need for ikea own controllers anymore.

  13. I will never buy smart light bulb until they can produce a 1600 lumen per bulb. This is the equivalent of a 100 watt incandescent bulb. 600 lumens is not bright enough. When you consider what they charge for them, I just can’t see spending the money. A while back you did a video about a device that lets you screw your own bulb into it. Yes, they aren’t very attractive but at least I can get a bulb that lights the room.

  14. I know your accounts were hacked but would be awesome if you can upload content every couple days. Your tech channel is by far the best one

  15. Other bulbs out there don't need a bridge! Or home hub. Ikea need to explain more in there leaflets ALL the components needed. They don't imply in leaflet or store that you need a bridge!

  16. Hi Alex. You named Phillips hue as “industry leaders”. I’ve looked at the options between Philips hue and LIFX. And whilst your video on LIFX blow me away, and now have 5 sets of the LIFX strips , on your recommendation. And the wow factor under worktop.. all with LIFX. ( the carpenter thought I was mad ) but there amazing. Are you now saying that Philips hue are better than LIFX? Nice to see back on the reviews. How’s the puppy? 👍👍👍

  17. I have stuck with this system, my whole house is on it, last year had bugs, now works really well, even with Phillips Software .. save £££ in comparison to BRANDS

  18. Ikea have led strips. Buy a tradfri driver and they’ll work just like Hue. More research needs to be done before a video like this is put out. So much easily accessible info was missed out!

  19. Anybody else really not a fan of the channel intro? Love the videos and been a massive fan since day one but that intro does not reflect the professionalism and quality of your amazing content!

  20. Question: You can add more devices to the same Steering Device (Remote)? 

    I was hoping that that is possible and worried that I might need to buy more of those steering devices to individual devices.

  21. Hi Alex I don’t have internet connection at home as I got 60gb of data on phone which is more than enough my question is do this system need an internet connection and will it run of a windows laptop hard wired to a wireless router set up as just an access point

  22. WYZE bulbs do not need a bridge! Or a controller. Just you phone. Maybe they just as good as the WYZE camera. How about you do a review of those.

  23. I have a question, I am currently stuck at 0.01 mbps upload speed (literally), we have had tons of engineers round but nothing they do seems to improve the network, usually there's an apple Mac and two Xbox's trying to use the Internet at once which completely shuts the whole thing down, I have no idea on how to fix this and wondering if anyone can help, we have tried everything but getting a new cable ran to the house, will we need to do this to improve our network? Our current cable supports up to 20mbps download (its very old!)

  24. LEDs strips are already a thing, you can control Ikea's Leds with the 'wireless driver' on their website, its a bit strange but its possible

  25. Yeah. They're improved, but can they do THIS? ==>
    https://youtu.be/lQxNWp5w91Q?list=PL7DmbbUuIyYrI9krk1p4YefVgaruzeL2i

  26. I kind of always knew they would get it together. Let's hope they get it together with the compatible Symphoniskspeakers and the Fyrtur blinds. What's next?

  27. Really cool video, helped me decided what to get. Thanks!

    One thing about the video itself though, I felt the sections which contain just the phone app screen were useful but it would have been even more useful if it was off to the side of the screen and we could see what it was doing. I know you were describing it but it felt a little disconnected if you get what I mean. Awesome video though! 😀

  28. another dump price for the hue lights..no one buy for the originl prices on the hue website !!! you get all of this for half the price !!!

  29. I don't like how complicated turning a smart bulb on and off becomes. Wall switches become useless and you need a separate gadget in your router other than the remote control you showed. Even then, you have to care about batteries for your remote control and I don't even know if it all works if you loose internet (I suppose you wouldn't be able to use your phone but the remote control would still work, maybe).
    Smart bulbs are just not that convenient.

  30. Setting up Tradfri is not complicated just a little frustrating. Install the Ikea app and the Apple home app. Set up the Tradfri Gateway powered on and connected to your router then set up the remote control. You can then set up bulbs or the wireless smart socket. Once you can see the devices in the Ikea app go over to the Home app and use the devices from there. To get someone else using the Home app invite them from your App on your phone.

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