Decorative light bulbs are a popular choice for home decor, especially in the Edison style. They look like something from an episode of Hipster Dream Home when such a series exists. These lamps have a more aesthetic than functional use, but the classic look and the warm light make them a common choice for lighting a home office. The cost of this type of light bulb is usually prohibitive, but Ikea has just launched its first decorative light bulb in the Tradfri line for only $ 10. Ikea has a strong position in the marketplace compared to Philips Hue, a similar product for $ 25, and is very popular with price-conscious consumers.
The Tradfri light bulb radiates a warm 2200 K light. It can also be controlled and dimmed using the Ikea Smart Home app or one of Ikea's wireless dimmers. However, the company does not recommend the use of a hardwired dimmer. Ikea recently announced its sales figures for fiscal year 201
Philips Hue has a better app and more features than Ikea, but these differences are small when you look at the price difference. After all, Edison-style incandescent bulbs are not intended for use as functional lighting, rendering many functions superfluous. As long as they can be controlled and dimmed using Ikea's Smart Home App, the light bulbs serve as a decorative element in the home. Keep in mind that the Tradfri remote and gateway are sold separately and cost $ 16 and $ 35, respectively. The remote is not needed, but new customers need the Tradfri Gateway to connect their smart lights to their network.