$200 Lines Backlit, Dual-Color Zone LED Light Bar
Previously, there were triangles; Then there were squares. Next came the hexagons, and now, say hello to the lines. No, this is not your sixth grader’s geometry homework. It is the latest addition to smart lighting manufacturer Nanoleaf’s ever-growing list of modular LED light panels. The new Nanoleaf Lines are ultra-lightweight, color-changing lights in the shape of a bar. Backlit, they join at a 60-degree angle to create a geometric design of your choosing, and with dual-hued areas, the Lines ($199.99) can add a visual feast to any wall or ceiling.
As with the Nanoleaf’s Shape, Canvas, and Elements wall panels, the lines can be installed using pre-glued, double-sided tape, making it an easy setup—though you may end up committing. Would like to plan out your design first. Powered by a large plug with a 14.7 foot cable, each line emits 20 lumens, has a color temperature of 1200K to 6500K, and can display over 16 million colors. You can link up to 18 lines per power supply, and control them with voice control using the Nanoleaf app, an on-device remote, or a compatible voice assistant. Lines only works with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks
The Nanoleaf app offers 19 pre-set dynamic RGBW lighting scenes (meaning they change colors), or you can create your own to add ambiance to a home theater or enhance your favorite chill-out space. The Lines also works with Nanoleaf’s music visualization technology to sync with songs in real-time.
Unlike recent Elements panels, which are suited to more traditional home decor, the Lines have a very futuristic vibe, and honestly seem tailor-made for YouTuber backgrounds. The backlit look is also a departure from other shapes, which project the light outward, not toward the wall. This product line also seems to be built with the gamer in mind; Especially when Lines integrates with Nanoleaf’s Screen Mirror feature to sync your lighting with on-screen colors and animations. It requires the Nanoleaf desktop app, but can also work with TVs using 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 the design with voice commands or through smart home routines. Plus, like your existing lighting panels, Nanoleaf’s Lines can serve as a thread border router for connecting an essential line of bulbs and light strips to your network without a third party hub.
Eventually, Nanoleaf says that any Thread-enabled device will connect to the Thread network using the Nanoleaf Border Router. Thread is a key technology in the Matter smart home standard, which aims to unify smart home devices and platforms and allow for greater interoperability. Nanoleaf says the Lines are designed with “matter in mind” and will operate with the new standard via a software update next year.
Nanoleaf Lines available for pre-order starting October 14th 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 for the bed around the corners are coming later this year.