IoT is the new thing in 2017 and until now such fixtures like smart lights were only available from a few manufacturers such as Philips or LIFX. Ikea promises to change this by releasing its own series of smart light devices which will be more affordable and accessible to everyone.
The Swedish company’s new light system will be called Trådfri, which in English translates to ‘wire-free’.
The new IoT lights will work on the ZigBee protocol, which is one of the most well-known protocols for IoT devices to communicate with one another.
Pricing for a starter set of Trådfri will start at around $85 and will include a hub device, a remote control and two light bulbs. The hub will serve as the gateway for the rest of the devices and will need a connection to your local network (via Ethernet cable) and of course power.
From then on you can go bananas with your setup and buy additional lights, light panels, motion sensors and remote controls to expand your smart light system as you wish.
What is notable here is the battle of the IoT protocols. Ikea has chosen ZigBee for its smart devices, which means that this will greatly affect ZigBee’s influence over other protocols in the future. This will also be a determining factor for many consumers on which protocol to use for their smart home.
The Trådfri should already be available in Sweden and we are pretty sure that the rest of the world will follow soon.