How to Use Ikea Tradfri Smart Home Products

Introduction

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1 How It Works

How does the Ikea Trådfri Smart Home System work?

  • The Ikea Tradfri line of smart home devices includes various intelligent smart lights and smart electrical outlets.
  • Tradfri devices are Zigbee compatible smart home devices.
    • This means your Tradfri devices can be used with or added to an existing Zigbee hub or Ikea Tradfri Gateway device. These hubs act as a central control unit that all of your Zigbee compatible smart home devices can connect to and be controlled by.
  • Tradfri devices can be controlled with:
    • Steering devices such as a standard remote control, wireless dimmer or motion sensor.
    • Mobile devices such as your smartphone or tablet.
    • Intelligent personal assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Siri on Apple devices, and Google Assistant.

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  1. I'd like help setting up my Tradfri Gateway Kit
  2. I'd like help installing the Tradfri app
  3. I want to link my Gateway with an Intelligent Personal Assistant
  4. I'd like to add a Tradfri device to a Zigbee hub that's already in my home
  5. I want to add a new Tradfri device to my Gateway
  6. I'd like to learn how to use steering devices
  7. How do I replace batteries in my steering device?
  8. I'd like to learn how to use the Tradfri app
  9. I'd like help resolving basic issues with my Tradfri system

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How does the Ikea Trådfri Smart Home System work?

  • The Ikea Tradfri line of smart home devices includes various intelligent smart lights and smart electrical outlets.
  • Tradfri devices are Zigbee compatible smart home devices.
    • This means your Tradfri devices can be used with or added to an existing Zigbee hub or Ikea Tradfri Gateway device. These hubs act as a central control unit that all of your Zigbee compatible smart home devices can connect to and be controlled by.
  • Tradfri devices can be controlled with:
    • Steering devices such as a standard remote control, wireless dimmer or motion sensor.
    • Mobile devices such as your smartphone or tablet.
    • Intelligent personal assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Siri on Apple devices, and Google Assistant.
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You can control up to 10 lights at the same time with one control device.

The control device has to be within 33 feet of the closest light.

Steering devices can be used to control your lights in the following ways:

Using the Remote Control

Buttons annotated on Ikea Tradfri remote control.
  1. Press the power to turn on/off the lights
  2. Press the suns to brighten or dim the lights
  3. Press the arrows to change the light color

Using a Wireless Dimmer

Double pointed arrow showing direction to turn dimmer.

  1. Turn the dimmer clockwise or counterclockwise to brighten or dim the lights.

Using a Motion Sensor

Motion detection are shown for sensor.

  1. Walk in front of the sensor up to 16.5 feet away and within a 120 degree field of detection to turn on the lights.

To reseat or replace the batteries for your steering devices, you have to perform the same steps:

The Ikea Trådfri steering devices run on CR2032 batteries.

For a Remote Control

  1. Use a screwdriver or a similar tool to remove the battery cover of the remote control.
    Back cover being removed from remote control.
  2. Reseat or replace the battery with the positive side outward.
    Battery inserted in remote control.
  3. Replace the battery cover.
    Back of remote with cover in place.

For a Wireless Dimmer

  1. Press the wireless dimmer against the palm of your hand and turn the cover counter clockwise then lift it to remove it.
    Dimmer cover being removed.
  2. Use a screwdriver or a similar tool to detach the dimmer body from the base.
    Dimmer body being removed from base.
  3. Flip the dimmer body on the other side and reseat or replace the battery with the positive side outward.
    Battery being replaced in dimmer.
  4. Reattach the dimmer body into the base.
    Dimmer body attached to base.
  5. Replace the cover and turn it clockwise to secure it.
    Dimmer cover being replaced.

For a Motion Sensor

  1. Use a screwdriver or a similar tool to remove the battery cover of the motion sensor.
    Back cover being removed from motion sensor.
  2. Reseat or replace the batteries with the positive side outward.
    Batteries inserted in motion sensor.
  3. Replace the battery cover.
    Back of motion sensor with cover in place.
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The main advantage of using the Ikea Trådfri app is that you can control your lights individually and not only in groups like with the control devices. Here's how to do it in both ways:

  1. Launch the Ikea Trådfri app on your mobile device.
    Ikea Trådfri.

To Control Lights Individually

  1. Below the group name, tap one of the lights that you want to control individually.
    Lights highlighted in Ikea Tradfri app.
  2. From here you can:
    Light control options highlighted in Ikea Tradfri app.
    • Turn the light on or off by tapping the power symbol (1)
    • Brighten or dim the light by sliding the percent indicator (2) up or down
    • Change the light color by tapping the three circles (3) in the top right corner
      • From here select the color you prefer then tap the checkmark in the top right corner
        Checkmark highlighted on color selection screen in Ikea Tradfri app.

To Control Lights in Groups

  1. Use the slider to brighten or dim the lights, or tap the suns on each side of the slider to turn the lights on or off.
    Group light controls highlighted in Ikea Tradfri app.
  2. Tap the circular swatch above the group name to access the mood selection. The mood is a combination of brightness and color settings you can set for a group of lights.
    Group name and circular swatch highlighted in Ikea Tradfri app.
  3. From here you can:
    • Select a predefined mood for that group of lights
      Predefined moods highlighted in Ikea Tradfri app.
    • Or create a new mood
      New Mood option highlighted in Ikea Tradfri app.
      • Type in the new moods name, select each light bulb listed in this group to set the brightness and color individually, then tap Save.
        Save option highlighted on mood creation screen in Ikea Tradfri app.
  1. Launch the Ikea Trådfri app on your mobile device.
    Ikea Trådfri.
  2. Tap the Timer symbol in the top left corner.
    Timer symbol highlighted in Ikea Tradfri app.
  3. From there you can configure either the predefined timers or create new ones.
    Timer settings in Ikea Tradfri app.
  4. You can set timers to:
    • Turn the lights on and brighten them over time to wake you up
    • Turn the lights on and off as if you were home
    • Turn the lights on and off exactly when you want them
  5. For each timer type you can set:
    • The time or time interval when the lights should turn on or off
    • The days of the week on which the timer should repeat itself
    • The lights that you want to turn on or off at those times and on those days

To get the most out of your Ikea Trådfri devices it is recommended to keep them up to date. Updating their firmware can improve your devices by adding new features or fixing existing issues.

  1. Launch the Ikea Trådfri app on your mobile device.
    Ikea Trådfri.
  2. If there is an update available, you will be notified right away and the update will be performed automatically. Tap OK to accept and wait for the update to complete.
    OK option highlighted on update notification in app.
  3. If you want to perform an update manually, tap Settings in the top right corner.
    Settings icon highlighted in Ikea Tradfri app.
  4. Then go to TRÅDFRI version.
    TRÅDFRI version option highlighted in app.
  5. And tap Check for updates.
    Check for updates option highlighted in app.
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