Published on January 22nd, 2013 | by Jules IKEAHacker8
ALANG Wireless Bedroom WakeUpLight
Materials: Ikea Alang, Ikea Sparsam (Dimable), Philips HUE, Philips LivingWhites
Description: I wanted to have a way to turn on my bedroom lighting, Ikea ALANG at the ceiling and two Philips LivingColors behind the bed, when it was time to get up in the morning.
Having a Wireless Zigbee network at home to control my lighting I was looking for a way to make my Ikea ALANG bedroom fixture Zigbee enabled. I had some spare Philips Zigbee plugin units laying around and looked for a way to join the two.
Get your Ikea ALANG from the ceiling.
Drill a hole in the plastic base of the ALANG to fix the bare board of the plugin unit and screw the board in place.
Connect all cables correctly and make sure you have dimmable lights installed, in my case dimmable Ikea SPARSAM.
Install everything back at the ceiling and power up. You now can control the light with a Philips living colors remote (zigbee) or you can turn on or off the lights by toggling the power.
Link you plugin unit board the A Philips HUE kit. You now can control your ceiling lights with your smartphone.
Configure you smartphone, in my case an Android phone to send a message to HUE when it is time to get up in the morning.
My phone checks every 2 minutes (from 6 am to 8 am) if an alarm is going off in the next 20 minutes, if true the LivingColors behind the bed start dimming up to a bright orange/red for 10 minutes. After this they turn white in 10 minutes and the ceiling lights starts dimming up from 0 to maximum in the same 10 minutes.
I have made a video about my bedroom sunrise.
The more technical, Zigbee, HUE and Android work is left out of this tutorial but can be provided on request.
~ Joos Blankers, Belgium