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Nanoleaf Modular Light Panels

The Nanoleaf Panels bring quite of personality to any space, and in despite of their high prices, a great design element that will have others jealous with envy.




MERITS:

  • Easy to set up

  • Smart home integration

  • Rhythm Module is a must have


DEMERITS:

  • Expensive

  • Difficult to remove once mounted

  • Slightly buggy app


Update:The company has now released the Nanoleaf Remote, which allows you to easily control your lights without your phone.


The Nanoleaf Light Panels (Firstly known as Nanoleaf Aurora) may well be the most expensive smart lights you can get for your home. Despite all of this, we’re already planning as to when we’re going to splurge on more panels to steadily creep across our walls, like some sort of homemade Aurora Borealis. 


NANOLEAF LIGHT PANELS PRICE & AVAILABILITY


The Nanoleaf Light Panels are available via the company’s website, and retail for £179.99/$229.99 for a starter pack of nine panels. You can buy a pack of 3 additional panels for £49.99/$59.99. Then there’s the Rhythm upgrade module for £49.99/$49.99 if you want your lights to be able to react to sound. At last, the Nanoleaf Remote can be bagged for $49.99/£37.68. You can of course buy and ship them directly from Nanoleaf - if you are in the UAE, local retailers such as Virgin Megastore currently have a few in stock, priced at AED 839 for the starter pack, and AED 299 for the expansion pack.


DESIGN & FEATURE



The initial pack includes nine panels, the power hub, linkers to connect the panels together, and pre-cut double-sided tape to mount everything up. 

There are also special screw-mounting kits that you can order from Nanoleaf, but in our experience the double-sided tape was more than enough to hold them securely.


The panels are triangular in shape, and are made of fairly lightweight plastic. The triangular shape makes for some interesting designs, so we’re happy that Nanoleaf opted for this instead of a standard square shape. 


At each side there’s a small slot where you slide in one of the linkers, and then slide another panel onto that in order to connect them both. The linkers also come as a flexible type (sold separately), which would allow you to install the Nanoleaf Light Panels on a wall and then have them creep upward onto the ceiling for example.


Installation & Setup



Before you excitedly start sticking your Nanoleaf Light Panels to the wall, it’s a good idea to settle on a design first. There are triangular pieces of paper between each panel when they’re shipped, so these are great to lay on the floor and use as a kind of template to get some inspiration. Or, you can fire up the app itself and let it generate a design for you based on the number of connected panels.



Applying the panels to the wall took a bit of patience – you’ll want to make sure that everything is nice and straight so that your design doesn’t start to look wobbly once you add on more panels. 


The Competition



A week after we got our hands on the Nanoleaf Light Panels, LIFX announced Tile – their take on wall-mounted tiled lights. The LIFX Tile retails for about $249.99/£249.99 and comes with 5 panels, with each panel having 64 ‘zones’ that can be individually controlled for much more finer effects.


Verdict


So just who is the Nanoleaf Light Panels aimed at? Well, it’s for anyone who wants to brighten up their space – literally. If you think you won’t get excited about a couple of light panels stuck on the wall, then think again. These things are a great addition to have, and the fact that you can seamlessly add on extra tiles at any time is a huge bonus.


On the downside they are still quite pricey, and the double-sided tape means that once they’re stuck up, you can’t just pop them off and rearrange them as you like. Despite this, they’re still a great buy, and the addition of the Rhythm Module gives them a whole new flair.

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