I Made This Smart, RGB iPhone Lamp For Just £35

Let there be (colourful) light!

Joe McCormick

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A colourful lamp was something that I wanted to add to my bedside table for a long time. I’ve seen countless setups on YouTube over the years that incorporate colour incredibly well, and I wanted to take a page out of their book and add some colour to my life.

However, there was one issue. I’m an iPhone user.

If you have ever looked for iPhone compatible smart home products, you would know that you can’t just find that ‘Works With Apple HomeKit’ sticker anywhere, like you often can for the Amazon and Google alternatives.

Apple’s focus on privacy is likely the reason why this is the case — and while it does mean that HomeKit products are harder to find, I would pick privacy over ease-of-access any day.

Anyway, my mission was simple: create a colourful lamp that I could control with my iPhone — without spending Philips Hue kind of money. I am a university student, after all.

This is what I came up with.

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To create this lamp is incredibly simple — find an Apple HomeKit-compatible smart bulb, then combine it with a lamp that works with the bulb’s fitting. Sound’s easy, right?

Wrong.

Finding the perfect lamp

What was supposed to be the relatively easy job of finding a lamp turned out to be the exact opposite. In total, I spent hours browsing the internet for a lamp that would fill my room with colour — but, compatibility was a huge problem.

I browsed furniture site after furniture site; occasionally stumbling across a cool, modern looking lamp. After a brief moment of hope, a disappointed expression would fall upon my face when I realised the fitting doesn’t match.

Could I have bought an adapter to make the two compatible? Of course, but I didn’t want to risk affecting the speed of the device in my smart home.

Thankfully, IKEA would come to save the day when I found exactly what I was looking for — a spherical…

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Joe McCormick

Joe McCormick is a 21-year old journalist, writer, podcast host, radio show host and content creator that writes about Formula 1 and his other interests.