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How do I control Ikea smart lights from Alexa?

control Ikea smart lights from Alexa
Smarter lights: Ikea's Tradfri bulbs now work with Alexa

It’s a lightbulb moment: Ikea has finally got round to make its Tradfri smart lights work with Amazon Alexa. So how do you make the magic happen?

Control Ikea smart lights from Alexa

The first thing you need to do is make sure you’re running the latest version of the Tradfri app on your smartphone.

Once it’s updated, it will display a little wizard introducing the Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa integrations. If for some reason you’ve previously skipped through that, open the app, click the settings cog in the top right-hand corner and select Integrations.

The Tradfri app will ask you to Enable Amazon Alexa, which requires you to log in to your Amazon account. Once that’s done, you’ll need to switch the lights on so that the Alexa app can discover them. After a minute or two’s worth of progress-bar watching, your Ikea lights should appear under the Devices section of the Alexa app, ready to be controlled by your voice.

If you’ve got more than one Ikea bulb in the same room, you might want to create a Group for them in the Alexa app, so that you can switch multiple bulbs off with the same voice command. Click on the Groups tab, click Add Group, and give the group an easy-to-say name, such as “lights” or “living room”. Pick the relevant Ikea lightbulbs from the list and then click Save. Now you can simply tell Alexa to “turn the lights on” and all the bulbs in that group should switch on.

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Which Alexa voice commands can I use with Ikea smart lights?

Here’s the list of Alexa voice commands you can use with the Ikea lights. You may need to change the name of ‘lights’ to whatever the device or group is called in Alexa’s device settings.

  •  Alexa, turn on the lights
  • Alexa, turn off the lights
  • Alexa, dim the lights
  • Alexa, dim the lights to 25%
  • Alexa, make the lights softer
  • Alexa, brighten the lights
  • Alexa, brighten the lights to 75%
  • Alexa, make the lights warmer

Now click here: How do I make Amazon Alexa voice calls?

About the author

Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day.

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