Nanoleaf, the company best known for illuminated panels that you stick to your wall, has announced the new Nanoleaf Elements line, a set of wall panels designed to look as beautiful off as when they are on. The new Elements line achieves this through a wood-like veneer that lets the light shine through when it’s on, but doesn’t look empty when the light isn’t in use.
Aside from the new veneer, the Elements lights are very similar to Nanoleaf’s other hexagonal light panels. They glow on both the front and back of the panel, creating a double light effect and they can be programmed with different light patterns and effects. The Elements do not have a full color spectrum LED, but are adjustable from warm to cool white. Nanoleaf includes 11 preset lighting effects, or you can use the app to program your own lighting effects. The touch-sensitive panels can also sync to music or automatically adjust their white temperature throughout the day based on circadian rhythms.
The $299.99 basic Elements Smarter kit includes seven panels that can be arranged in any pattern you want. Add-on packs of three more light panels are available for $99.99 each.
With this new design, it looks like Nanoleaf is trying to make its product more accessible in more homes, as the wood veneer and lack of full RGB lighting effects have less of a nightclub vibe than previous products. But the basic premise remains the same: unlike standard lighting which is usually intended to provide relief, the Elements are purely decorative and intended to change the atmosphere of a room, not to brighten it up.
The new Nanoleaf Elements products will be available from today, June 3, through the company’s website and will hit Best Buy stores later this month.
In addition, Nanoleaf has announced that its light panels will become Thread border routers, allowing them to act as a hub on a Thread network and extend the signal throughout the house. The company already supports Thread in its Essentials line of smart bulbs and light strips, and it says it will be possible to add Thread devices from other manufacturers to its Nanoleaf boundary routers. Thread is the key technology in the upcoming Matter smart home standard, which aims to unify smart home devices and platforms and enable greater interoperability. Nanoleaf says Thread compatibility will be added via a software update this month.