Ikea reportedly launches its first smart LED strip at just the right price too. The Ormanas RGB LED strip as it is known is HomeKit compatible making use of the Ikea Dirigera smart hub, but it is however only available in the Netherlands for the time being.
Ikea Launches First Smart LED Strip
Ikea just launched the Ormanäs, which is its first smart RGB LED light strip, in the Netherlands. The news in question comes by way of Dutch tech site Tweakers, which reportedly notes that the Ormanäs as the product is known is a four-meter, or roughly 13-foot, dimmable Zigbee affair for €29.99 (which is about $32) that reportedly works with the Dirigera smart hub of the company. The light strip as you should know is only available in the Netherlands for the time being, but Ikea as you should know typically starts its rollouts there before bringing its products to the US and elsewhere.
Specs and Features of the Strip
The strip for those that don’t know is simple and also judging from the images on the site of Ikea, it will not have individually addressable LEDs such as some of the fancier strips that are on the market which in turn simply means that the whole strip will show just a single color at a time.
Still, the product supports multiple control methods such as the Ikea Home app and also the Ikea Styrbar remote as well as Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa smart home platforms (via the Dirigera hub). The product also supports Google Home and Amazon Alexa. And also being a fairly standard LED strip, you can effectively and easily cut it to length in several designated places.
The Ormanäs strip has a really nice balance of features as it is affordable, long, dimmable, and with Zigbee control, is very much likely to be very responsive. It is really hard to see a smart LED strip that ticks all of those boxes and also has support for HomeKit and out-of-home control through the maker’s app which is something that the Dirigera hub has improved on over the now-defunct Trådfri Gateway of Ikea.
Ikea’s Plan for the Product Down the Road
Ikea down the road is planning to add Matter support to the Dirigera hub, which in question should make cross-platform setup a simpler process given the latest Matter update. That in question is great for the smart home commodity market that Ikea is reportedly targeting with cheap smart products such as the $8 Rodret wireless dimmer switch or the Parasoll contact sensors that it is releasing in the coming year. This simply would also mean the addition of Samsung SmartThings support.
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