How to Create an Intelligent Bedside WakeUp/Reading Light

by Martin Storbeck

I have been searching for a reading light for ages. While walking through IKEA an idea came to mind that was cheap and easy. Three screws and one remote controlled plug, that is almost all it takes...


  • 1 IKEA Santir Wall Lamp
  • 1 Dimmable E14 Light Bulb (Warm White)
  • 1 Philips Hue Plug
  • 1 Philips Hue Remote Control
  • 1 account (it's free)
  • 3 Screws
  • 1 Screwdriver
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    The goal: Have a bedside reading light that gently wakes you up in the morning and automatically turns on before you go to bed. Also it has to be dimmable to your preference.

    Step 2

    Here is what you need to do

    Step 3

    Get this lamp from IKEA

    Step 4

    If you want to attach it horizontally, add a third screw to the small hole near the lamp socket.

    Step 5

    Make sure the cables are not visible

    Step 6

    You can run the wire through brackets to keep it invisible.

    Step 7

    Plug the lamp into one of these. The remote can easily dim the lamp to any setting you prefer. You can even predefined scenes with other lamps.

    Step 8

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    Step 11

    This is the light controlled by the remote, the three buttons on the bottom are programmable for scenes.

    Step 12

    Now let's make this even smarter

    Step 13

    In case you bought a Philips Hue starter Kit you'll have the bridge (that round thing). The bridge works perfectly with the Philips Living Whites Starter Kit I recommended to dim the lights.

    Step 14

    Google a program called Lampstealer - you'll find it on the Philips website

    Step 15

    Use LampStealer to link your Philips LivingWhites Plug to the Hue bridge. The plug needs to be near the bridge and switched on for this to work. More details can be found on the download page.

    Step 16

    Create an account at It's free. With IFTTT you can trigger your lamps based on events like sunset or sundown (or Twitter, Facebook, Fitbit and so forth...)

    Step 17

    In the 'Weather' channel on IFTTT you'll find the 'Sunrise' trigger. Then choose 'dim lights' in the Hue channel. The example dims the light from 0% to 50% to 60% to 0% within 90 minutes after sunrise

    Step 18

    With the settings 0-0-0-0-50 you can switch on your bedside lamp to 50% two hours after sunset.

    Step 19

    If you have mixed wake up times, use for example Google Calendar, put in your wake up times.

    Step 20

    Then create an IFTTT recipe that searches Google Calendar for your preferred wake up times.

    Step 21

    If you get up at the same time every day, you don't even need IFTTT. Simply create an alarm within the Philips Hue app.

    Step 22

    Go to alarms and use a predefined scene that wakes you up. The 'fade'-time is how long the light takes from zero to full brightness.

    Step 23

    Mission accomplished: the light gently wakes you up in the morning, is already on when you got to bed and can be controlled using the remote.

    Step 24

    Check out my other guides! And please do not hesitate to ask for further details.