I recently purchased an IKEA TRÅDFRI LED driver, STRÖMLINJE LED Panel and TRÅDFRI Wireless Dimmer in order to add some more smart lighting to my office space. I also purchased a TRÅDFRI Gateway however this was primarily to try it out, as well as allow me to update the firmware of the driver and dimmer before hooking everything up to my existing Philips Hue Bridge. I may do a write-up of the TRÅDFRI Gateway later but suffice to say that it’s basically a budget equivalent to the Hue Gateway and seems to work fine, however I have already invested in Hue Dimmer Controllers in every room and want any additional smart lights to be controllable with them. The good news is that the first step of pairing the LED Driver (or any other IKEA Tradfri globe) to the Hue Hub is straight forward and works basically the same as pairing a Philips light. If for some reason you can’t the lights to pair here are some detailed steps that might help you with troubleshooting.
The IKEA TRÅDFRI Wireless Dimmer and TRÅDFRI Remote Control work quite differently to Philips accessories like the Hue Dimmer switch and the normal procedure to add a new accessory via the Hue App will not work.
You need to reset the remote, and then pair it to the Hue hub via TouchLink. This joins the remote to the Hue’s ZigBee network. There are a few different ways to do a a TouchLink search, which is not the same as a regular search. I used the LampFinder app on a windows laptop but you can alternatively use the Hue Lights iOS app, Hue and Me Android app, or Hue Developers’ API.
The steps I followed were:
- Reset the remote or dimmer by pressing the pair button 4 times quickly.
- Wait 10 seconds.
- Hold the remote directly next to the Hue hub (as close as possible).
- Hold the pair button.
- Immediately initiate a TouchLink search.
The light (on the front for Tradfri remote and next to the button for a Tradfri dimmer) will glow a steady red, then turn out after a couple of seconds when paired. If it doesn’t go out repeat steps 4-5.
If you have trouble, check that the TouchLink is not finding other ZigBee devices further away (e.g. bulbs — they will flash).
Some additional information which helped me can be found at RedSilico