Ikea still on track to make its smart bulbs compatible with Google Home, Alexa, and HomeKit in the fall

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Correction 8/10, 12:45 PM ET: A previous version of this article stated that HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Home compatibility is already available for Ikea's TRÅDFRI smart lights. This was an error. Ikea wrote on its website that users should update their smart light app to use the various assistants, but that update isn't actually out yet. Ikea issued a correction on its Facebook page. The company says its still on track to release this functionality in the fall. Thank you to Twitter user @jackniksmith for alerting us to this update. The original story remains below.

Ikea launched its smart bulbs and hub earlier this year with the promise of eventually supporting Google Home, Apple HomeKit, and Amazon Alexa devices. Now, it seems the company is following through on its word. First spotted by 9to5Mac, the retailer updated the bulbs' online listing to encourage users to download the most recent version of their app to use the various home assistants. "Make sure that you have the latest upgrade of TRÅDFRI gateway to be able to connect it with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or Google Home,” the listing says.

The update also reportedly supports integration with the Philips Hue bridge hub, which means you'll be able to see your Ikea bulbs in Philips' app. Ikea doesn't readily state this on its site, however, and we haven't independently verified. Additionally, 9to5Mac reports that the company will soon release multi-color bulbs, in addition to the white LEDs that it's currently selling, although we didn't see them listed in their fall catalog. In either case, it’s likely only a matter of time until Ikea fully fleshes out its smart bulb lineup with colorful options that match the company’s aesthetic. Once it does that, the company's home lighting solution will be the cheapest system available without compromising on home integrations.

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It’s unfortunate they don’t seem to have any other color temperature options other than 2700k.
Anyone know if these work with Wink or Smartthings as well?

I have a few Tradfri bulbs in my home (as well as several Philips Hue) and can confirm that the 2700k on Ikea’s online listing is just the "default" color temperature. Ikea sells "white spectrum" versions that have a range comparable to the Philips Hue White Ambiance bulbs. As far as Wink/Smartthings, my understanding is that Ikea updated their firmware to properly support the Zigbee Light Link protocol so assuming that’s compatible with your hub of choice, you should be ok.

How bright are these compared to a hue or other expensive smart bulb?

Some of them are a bit brighter actually.

I was in an Ikea last weekend, and while I wasn’t searching for it desperately, I was keeping my eyes open for the smart bulbs while in the lighting section and I didn’t see jack.

Check your local store inventory online before wasting your time travelling to the store.

(under the big orange button) http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80339436/

Pretty sure they’re going to be using the new software authentication that iOS 11 brings, so HomeKit support will likely require that, alongside them going through Apple’s MFi testing. When does iOS 11 ship? In the autumn ("the fall").

What do I need in order to connect to these bulbs with just my phone?

You can definitely use these right away with a phone using IKEA’s TRÅDFRI app. But as Ashley mentioned above, the hope is that this fall, you won’t even need the app – you could use Apple’s built-in "Home" app. (I’m not sure what the analogue would be if you’re using an Android or other phone.)

Google Home / Google Assistant / Google Home app

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