Do Ikea Smart Bulbs need a Hub?

The IKEA Tradfri Smart Bulbs are a pretty popular bulb. They are economical and practical. They also operate using the Zigbee protocol, so they should work pretty fast if you have the right infrastructure at home. However, what do you need to run the IKEA Tradfri Bulbs? That’s the question we’re asking here: Do you really need the Tradfri Gateway or Hub to use the Ikea Tradfri Smart Bulbs?

IKEA Tradfri Runs on Zigbee Protocol

IKEA joined the Zigbee Alliance last year. They were ready to integrate their products into the Zigbee System. One must remember that the Tradfri Smart Bulbs that have the Zigbee logo on the box means the bulbs are Zigbee smart bulbs only. Not WiFi.

Do you need an IKEA Tradfri Gateway to use IKEA Tradfri Bulbs?

There is a misconception in the IKEA Smart Bulb market:

  1. That you need to have the IKEA Tradfri Smart Home App to run the bulb.
  2. That you have to have the IKEA Tradfri Controller Button to operate the dimming and color temperature.
  3. That you need an IKEA Tradfri Gateway/Hub to operate the Bulb.

The Ikea Tradfri App needs the Ikea Gateway/Hub in order to operate. IKEA tells you that you have to get the controller and Gateway to use the Ikea Tradfri Smart Bulbs. It’s kind of a run-around way to turn on a light bulb.

I don’t recommend that you get the Ikea Tradfri Gateway or Hub or the Controller Button for the Tradfri Zigbee bulb.

I recommend that you use a SmartThings Hub or a Hubitat Elevation Hub to operate your Tradfri Zigbee Bulbs. The SmartThings Hub is a great Zigbee Hub and the SmartThings App is intuitive to use. The Hubitat Elevation Hub can also give you the options you need to manage the Tradfri Smart Bulbs. You can find them on our Amazon Affiliate links here. Please note that we may make a proceed from eligible sales:

SmartThings Hub for Tradfri Bulbs:

Hubitat Elevation Hub for Tradfri Bulbs:

I hope that this article answers your question; the next time you’re in IKEA and wondering whether you need the Tradfri Gateway/Hub, you can use other Zigbee Hubs such as SmartThings, Hubitat Elevation.

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