Smart Home: I Connected An Ikea Tradfri To My Philips Hue Hub

Ikea recently lowered the prices of WIFI light bulbs. That allone didn't intrigue me much. Since I had already bought more than enough Philips Hue bulbs over the last two years. But when someone on Twitter mentioned that you could connect Ikea Tradfri bulbs to a Philips Hue Hub I couldn’t resist. 

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Connecting the Tradfri bulb to the Philips Hub wasn't as easy as I had thought. It didn't work at first. The new bulb didn't show up in the Hue app. 

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Since I didn't have an Ikea Hub and therefore no way to communicate with the new Tradfri bulb I tried a factory reset. I turned the bulb on and off six times. Lucky me it worked. And the Tradfri finally showed up in the Hue app.

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Now that the Tradfri blub showed up in the Hue app I conducted a little experiment:

It turns out there isn't any noticable delay between the Philips and Ikea bulb. But the Ikea bulb takes a little longer to turn off. But that’s not bothersome at all. 

The only downside: The Ikea bulb doesn't show in Apples Homekit app. Apparently that only works with an Ikea Hub. But that’s not something I'm going to try anytime soon. I just use my Ikea bulb in a lamp connected to a motion sensor. So I don't need Siri or Homekit to control it.