Ikea’s smart home appliances seem like a great way to save money without compromising on connected devices and remote control. But will the Swedish furniture giant’s offerings fit into your smart home ecosystem? Trådfri lights are a great product, but they’re even better if you can use them with your Philips Hue bridge.
Luckily, you can add Ikea’s Trådfri lights to Philips Hue. It may sound counterintuitive, but the Hue bridge uses the Zigbee protocol, meaning you can shop around for other Zigbee compliant smart bulbs, including Ikea Trådfri bulbs themselves.
Step 1: Connecting your Trådfri to the Philips Hue bridge
According to Ikea, connecting your lights is quite simple. First, you’ll need to make sure your software version is 1.2.x or later, and then follow these steps, as per Ikea’s website:
- First of all, make sure that the light sources you want to connect have an updated software version (1.2.x or later).
- Keep the light sources close to the Philips Hue Bridge.
- Search for new devices with the Philips Hue app.
- Do a factory reset of the light sources by toggling the main switch 6 times.
That’s simple enough, and once you’re done, you’ll have your smart bulbs connected to the rest of your smart light ecosystem.
But you’re not quite there yet.
Step 2: Syncing your Trådfri to the Philips Hue bridge
Various reports suggest that this is where things get tricky, and you’ll want to be in a patient mood when you attempt it.
In theory, all you have to do is open your Hue app and search for the bulbs the way you would any new device. Again, that’s how it should work in theory. If the bulbs don’t show up on the first try, keep trying until it works.
Some tips to make this work smoothly. First, try to get your bulbs as close to the bridge as possible when syncing. To cut down on any other interference, turn off any other Zigbee hubs you might be using — just for the time it takes you to sync your Ikea bulbs. And to really keep the odds on your side, turn off your other Hue bulbs too.
That’s all you need to know to get your Ikea Trådfri hooked up to your Philips Hue bridge to control all your smart bulbs from one place.
Once you follow these steps, you’ll be able to control your Trådfri bulbs all from the Hue app, or using voice control through Alexa.
Have you tried syncing your Ikea Trådfri bulbs to your Philips Hue bridge? How did it go? Any feedback for your fellow readers? Let us know in the comments!