First, there were triangles; then there were squares. Then came hexagons, and say hello to lines. No, this isn’t your sixth-grader’s geometry homework. It is the latest addition to Nanoleaf’s ever-expanding catalog of modular LED light panels, maker of smart lighting. The new Nanoleaf Lines are ultra-light, color-changing lamps in a rod shape. Backlit, they connect at a 60-degree angle to create geometric designs of your choice, and with two-tone zones, the Lines ($199.99) can add a visual feast to any wall or ceiling.
As with Nanoleaf’s Shapes, Canvas and Elements wall panels, Lines can be installed with pre-applied, double-sided tape, making it an easy installation – although you’ll want to plan your design before committing. Powered by a large plug with a 14.7-foot cable, each line emits 20 lumens, has a color temperature range of 1200K to 6500K, and can display over 16 million colors. You can pair up to 18 lines per power supply and control them with the Nanoleaf app, an on-device remote, or voice control using a compatible voice assistant. The Lines only work with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks
Nanoleaf offers 19 preset dynamic RGBW lighting scenes (meaning they change color) in the app, or you can create your own scenes to add atmosphere to a home theater or enhance your favorite chill-out space. The Lines also work with Nanoleaf’s music visualization technology to sync with songs in real time.
Unlike the recent Elements panels, which are suitable for a more traditional interior, the Lines have a very futuristic look and seem really tailor-made for YouTuber wallpapers. The backlit look is also different from the other shapes, projecting the light outwards, not back to the wall. This product line also seems designed with the gamer in mind; especially since the Lines integrates with Nanoleaf’s screen mirroring feature to sync your lights with colors and on-screen animations. Requires the Nanoleaf desktop app, but can also work with a TV via an HDMI connection.
Nanoleaf’s entire smart lighting line is compatible with Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings and IFTTT, so you can control, dim and change designs with voice commands or through a smart home routine. Plus, as with its current lighting panels, Nanoleaf’s Lines can act as a Thread border router to connect its Essentials line of lamps and light strips to your network without a third-party hub.
Ultimately, Nanoleaf says any Thread-enabled device will connect to a Thread network using a Nanoleaf boundary router. Thread is a key technology in the Matter smart home standard, which aims to unify smart home devices and platforms and enable greater interoperability. Nanoleaf says Lines was designed with “Matter in mind” and will work with the new standard through a software update next year.
Nanoleaf Lines will be available for pre-order on October 14 from: Nanoleaf’s website and Best Buy. Smarter Kits (9 lines) cost $199.99 and Expansion Packs (3 lines) cost $79.99. Black and pink skins to customize the look of the front of the Lines, and flex connectors to bed around corners are coming later this year.