We8217;ve explored Nanoleaf8217;s smart lighting in the past and love how customisable and tunable it is. We8217;ve also used it to great effect when combined with a rhythm-module to sync lighting with games and music. There are plenty of reasons to invite Nanoleaf into your home, but what is it really capable of?
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Nanoleaf Aurora light panels, also know as Nanoleaf light panels, have been around for a while now. These are triangular lighting panels which connect together in a variety customisable ways. The result of which is a personal lighting experience which fits neatly into your home and own personal style.
The standard kit comes with nine panels, but you can buy multiple expansion packs with extra panels to add a splash of colour and light to any wall in your home.
There8217;s a configuration tool which gives you suggestions on what shapes you can create based on how many panels you have. If you8217;re not sure what designs to use there8217;s plenty of inspiration on the company8217;s Instagram account and even a passionate Subreddit dedicated to Nanoleaf with plenty of great designs to sift through.
If you have access to a printer we8217;d also recommend using the Augmented Reality layout assistant within the app. This allows you to point your phone at a QR code on the wall and get a pattern painted for you to visualise the design(s) before you even start putting the panels up.
You can also purchase various mounting accessories to account for your designs too. There are even flexible linkers which can be bent to allow for angled mounting, meaning you can take your designs from wall-to-wall.
Standard installation is a breeze. The panels are lightweight and on standard (non-porous) surfaces they can be easily held in place with the included 3M adhesive stickers. A screw mounting kit is available for wood and brick if you want a more permanent fitting.
We8217;d highly recommend a spirit level and plenty of planning before installing though as once they go up, they aren8217;t easy to get down.
- 100 lumens per panel
- 2200K 8211; 5000K colour temperature
- 16.7 million support colours
- 25,000 hours of lifetime use per panel
Nanoleaf light panels are an interesting way to add light to your room over and above the standard light bulbs. They8217;re a great way to create your own designs and provide a talking point or just a new light source in a space in your home.
They8217;re also not only customisable in pattern, but in lighting too. Capable of supporting up to 16.7 million colours, the Nanoleaf light panels can be set to a range of different shades and hues throughout the day and changed on a whim too.
Nanoleaf products are app-controlled via Apple or Android smartphones and connect to your home Wi-Fi easily via this app. From the app, you can then change colours, adjust brightness, set a static colour or select a theme and much more besides.
- Audio sensor microphone
- Aux line-in 3.5mm audio jack
- Compatible with app for different colour patterns
The Nanoleaf light panel starter kit now includes the Rhythm module as standard. This is an extra attachment which slots into any of the light panels easily. This module then allows the light panels to react to any sound in the room. Suddenly the lights are dancing and reacting to your favourite tunes, television programmes and even games. As long as you have capable speakers in the room, you can get the party going.
As well as working with the app, Nanoleaf is also compatible with IFTTT. This means you can set up clever recipes to have the lights react in a variety of cool and useful ways. Have the light panels turn on when you come home, flash when you get a new follower on Twitter or even alert you to a missed call.
Our favourite things though might be the simulated sunrise recipe which allows the light panels to slowly and gently brighten your bedroom to stir you from your slumber. You can use a similar logic to slowly dim the lights at bedtime too.
Nanoleaf light panels are also compatible with Google Home and Amazon Alexa meaning you can control the lights with your voice via your favourite assistant. Turning lights on and off, adjusting brightness, colours and more. We particularly like setting up Google Home routines to change the lights with a single word or phrase.
Nanoleaf Canvas is brand new and takes all the funky lighting fun of the classic lighting panels to a new and more interactive level. Canvas is made up of edge-to-edge light squares rather than triangles. Like the standard light panels, they8217;re fully modular and customisable.
Nanoleaf Canvas allows you to connect a multitude of panels to create any pattern you can imagine in any room of your home. The standard pack comes with nine six-inch square light panels, but is expandable. In fact, a single control square is capable of powering and supporting up to 500 Canvas panels. If you have the money and space you could fill an entire wall with colourful light.
- 25,000 hours of lifetime use per panel
- 1200K 8211; 6500K colour temperature
- 16.4 million colour capability
Nanoleaf Canvas has buttons built right into the control panel which allows you to change the settings with a quick and easy press. Where the original Nanoleaf light panels had a separate power module, Canvas has a dedicated control square instead. This control square still lights up the same way as the others, but offers easy access to the controls too.
The buttons also have advanced controls when held for longer. Holding the 8220;next8221; button for three seconds, for example, saves the current scene. This is useful if you8217;ve pressed the shuffle button to set a random scene and found one you really like.
The control square also has the power to sense sounds in the surroundings. This allows Nanoleaf Canvas to make use of Rhythm mode 8211; reacting to music playing in the room. This makes for a much more engaging lighting experience and a fantastic talking point at parties, if nothing else.
Of course, you can use the Nanoleaf Smarter Series app to control Canvas in the same way as you would Nanoleaf light panels. These new light panels are also touch-capable as well. Each panel can react to touch, sending a ripple of light across all the panels from where you8217;ve touched for example or simply changing colours on a light press.
Canvas also reacts to gestures 8211; double taps, swipes up, down, left and right will all react in different ways. These can be customised within the settings in the app and assigned to a variety of actions.
Nanoleaf Canvas is capable of displaying 16.4 million colours across every panel, giving you plenty of lighting options and variety. You can select a standard daylight, reading light or warm white hue or opt for a range of funky colour pallets and rhythm designs.
Free palettes are also downloadable within the app or you can customise the colours just the way you want them. You can press to shuffle between random scenes and the control panel will remember the last five that were loaded too 8211; allowing you to go back if you found one you liked by accidentally skipped onto the next.
Diving into the app settings further allows you to play around with other colour options in the scene creator where you can 8220;paint8221; individual panels with a static colour or create dynamic and rhythm scenes until your heart is content.
Nanoleaf Canvas is designed to be easy to install and mount yourself without the need for screws. The standard pack comes with nine linkers which allow you to connect the panels in linear or staggered arrangements.
These linkers are a simple plug-and-play affair. They slot into each light square and allow you to easily to snap them together. The panels can then be mounted to the wall with the included 3M mounting stickers.
When it comes to mounting and creating a pattern, Canvas works with Augmented Reality layout assistant within the app in the same way as Nanoleaf Aurora. You can use this app to suggest patterns based on how many panels you have or look online for inspiration.
The manual recommends trying out different layouts on a table so you can not only ensure everything is working but get an idea of what the layout will look like when it8217;s installed on the wall. Taking into account things like where you8217;re going to run the power cable will ensure the end result is neat, tidy and beautiful too.
Pairing is pain-free. Loading up the app and selecting to add a new device you8217;re given clear instructions on pairing with the Canvas that includes simply tapping your phone to the control panel when it8217;s plugged in and turned on. We found this took a matter of seconds, then you can fully control the lights from your phone with ease.
Nanoleaf Canvas is compatible with Google Home and Amazon Alexa, allowing you to easily control the lights with your voice. You can use your favourite voice assistant to change brightness, adjust colours and more.
Compatibility with Apple HomeKit is also available to give you a freedom to tie all your devices together in one place.
Nanoleaf Canvas is also compatible with IFTTT, giving you access to a range of intelligent recipes to control the light squares in different ways. Set up panels to mimic a sunrise or sunset or simply turn on and off at certain times of the day. The choice is yours and the power is at your fingertips.