Nanoleaf rolled out the latest in its catalog of modular, HomeKit-compatible LED smart-light panels. Following a parade of shaped-product releases — triangles, squares, hexagons — you can now buy Nanoleaf Lines for $200 and use them to make all sorts of lighted shapes. And you can sync them to action on a screen or to music.
The lightweight, color-changing bars connect at 60-degree angles to create whatever shapes and designs you can dream up. The backlit bars’ dual color zones can add a lot of color and flare to your wall or ceiling, as you can see in the photos above and below.
Nanoleaf Lines: More than 16 million colors
A large plug with a 14.7 foot cable powers each Line, which each light bar emitting 20 lumens. Nanoleaf Lines have a color temperature range of 1200K to 6500K. They can display more than 16 million colors, Nanoleaf said.
You can link up to 18 Lines per power supply. Then you use the Nanoleaf app, an on-device remote or voice control via Siri or another compatible voice assistant to control them. Lines work with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks.
Just like with Nanoleaf’s wall panels called Shapes, Canvas and Elements, you can install Lines using pre-mounted, double-sided tape. That makes setting them up pretty easy if you have a specific design in mind.
The Nanoleaf app includes 19 pre-set dynamic RGBW lighting scenes with shifting colors. Alternatively, you can create your own scenes. Lines also work with Nanoleaf’s music-visualization technology, syncing with songs.
Lines integrate with Nanoleaf’s screen mirror feature to sync your lights with on-screen colors and animations. For that you need the Nanoleaf desktop app. Or, you can use a TV with an HDMI connection.
The whole Nanoleaf’s smart-lighting line works with Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings and IFTTT. So you can control, dim and change designs via a smart-home routine or through voice commands.
In addition, Nanoleaf Lines and the company’s other panels can act as a Thread border router to connect its Essentials line of bulbs and light strips to your network without the use of a third-party hub.
Thread technology and the Matter standard
Thread is a key technology in the Matter smart home standard, which will unite smart home devices and platforms, enabling interoperability. Nanoleaf said it designed Lines with “Matter in mind” and will work with the new standard via a software update next year. Eventually, any Thread-enabled device will connect to a Thread network using a Nanoleaf border router, the company said.
Nanoleaf indicated that it will release black and pink skins to customize the look Lines and flex connectors to help run them around corners later this year.
Price: Starter Kits (9 Lines) are $199.99; Expansion Packs (3 Lines) are $79.99.
Where to preorder: Nanoleaf