Are Ikea light bulbs compatible with Alexa?

There are quite a few smart light bulb brands currently on the market. Philips, for example, is undoubtedly the leading brand, and offers a very complete ecosystem, but also at a price that not everyone can afford. On the other hand, there are other brands that offer their smart lighting products at cheaper prices, and among all these companies stands out Ikeawhich little by little has been cultivating the range TRÅDFRI. But you may be in doubt. Can I use Ikea lighting products with my amazon echo?

How do Ikea smart lighting fixtures work?

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Ikea’s smart lighting ecosystem is made up of several elements. The simplest products are light bulbs, which are available in E14, E27 and GU10 sockets, that is, they adapt to any device or lamp you have at home. Then, depending on the price, they allow you to regulate the intensity, the color temperature or even set a custom color.

On the other hand, the Swedish brand also sells reinforced LED strips for use in kitchens, LED spotlights, panels that simulate windows and plugs, sensors and light intensity regulators. All of these products need a bridge to be controlled remotely. This device is called ‘TRÅDFRI Connection Device’ It costs 39 euros and connects with an Ethernet cable to your router. It also needs power, although you can power it directly from the router’s USB port, since it doesn’t require too much power—this writer has had the system like this for over a year and hasn’t had any problems. On the other hand, you’re also going to need a remote to configure the bulbs in the Ikea Home Smart app and let the bridge recognize them. The cheapest remote is about 10 euros (STRYBAR) and then you can stick it to the wall to control a set of lights or whatever you want. Once you have configured all the lights with the app, you can control them from Ikea Home Smart or the controls that you have purchased. Oh, and if you were wondering, yes, it can be connected to Alexa.

How to connect TRÅDFRI equipment to Alexa

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Once you have your Ikea lighting devices connected to the bridge and visible in the app, all you have to do is the following:

  1. Go to the cogwheel in the upper right corner of Ikea Smart Home.
  2. Tap on ‘Integrations‘.
  3. You choose voice assistant. At this time, only Google Assistant and Alexa are available. We will follow these steps with the Alexa.
  4. A browser will open where we will have to write the data of login to our Amazon account in which we have associated with Alexa.
  5. Once the previous step is done, open the alexa apps. The device will start detecting Ikea equipment, usually with a generic name. It doesn’t matter if you have created rooms in Home Smart, Alexa will detect the bulbs individually.
  6. Add each device to the corresponding room from the Alexa app.
  7. Ready. As a final trick, within Home Smart you can move the remote control to the room you prefer. So you can control a small group of devices with the remote, such as the lamps in a living room or kitchen.

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