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Ikea Announces Smart Lighting Compatibility ➝

Ben Lovejoy, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

iPhone-ticker reports that Ikea is updating its TRÅDFRI smart lights to be compatible with HomeKit, Amazon Echo and Google Home. The site says that the company will ‘retrofit’ the functionality, suggesting that compatibility will apply to existing products.

The existing product line is limited to white bulbs, but once you’ve bought the gateway for $79.99 (which includes two bulbs), you can add smart bulbs at prices ranging from $11.99 for a 1000-lumen E28 bulb, through $14.99 for a 400-lumen E12, $17.99 for a 980-lumen E27 to a $19.99 G10 spotlight. Dimmers and motion sensors are also available at similarly affordable pricing.

I’ve been waiting for the price of smart home products to drop before jumping wallet-first into the category. I’m not thrilled about having to spend $80 on the gateway, but $12 for each subsequent bulb seems like a pretty killer deal.

Ikea Entering Television Business ➝

Jamie Keene:

Ikea is planning to introduce furniture with built-in home entertainment systems later this year. The range includes three designs, all of which incorporate an LED TV, 2.1 sound system with wireless subwoofers, Wi-Fi for smart TV features, and DVD / Blu-Ray players.

Looks like a pretty neat setup. But, I’ve always been a bit weary of purchasing a Television with a bunch of integrated stuff. The additional features usually end up breaking before the TV set does.