What you need to know
- Nanoleaf has unveiled two new additions to its interconnected Shapes line.
- Newest panels include standard and mini size triangles that can connect together and with the company's previously-released Hexagons.
- Redesigned app experience also available now, with new smart bulbs and light strips coming soon.
Nanoleaf has introduced its latest entries to its Shapes line of interconnected light panels, a pair of new triangles that come in both standard and mini sizes. Both panels utilize Nanoleaf's Connect+ technology that allows them to connect together and with the company's previously released Hexagons, opening up a whole new world of design possibilities.
The updated triangles, while similar to the iconic design of the Aurora panels that made Nanoleaf a household name, sport smaller corners on each end, as well as softer, rounder edges in the illuminated areas. The newest panels also use an updated connector that clicks into place and an easier to use snap-on mounting system that debuted on the Hexagon Shapes.
Nanoleaf has also brought over touch capabilities to the triangles that owners can use to summon favorite scenes and to play simple games. The new triangle panels continue to support the ability to display up to 16 million colors and shades of white, and they retain "classic" features like music and screen syncing capabilities.
Like previous Nanoleaf light panels, the new triangles connect to home networks over Wi-Fi and integrate with various smart home platforms like Apple's HomeKit, Alexa, and the Google Assistant. To go along with the release, Nanoleaf is giving its own Smart Series app an upgrade, that simplifies controls and introduces a new dashboard that provides quicker access to panels within the home.
In addition to the updated app, the company has announced that it will release a series of new smart light bulbs and light strips in November, under the Nanoleaf Essentials line. The company mentions that the new products will be the first smart lighting accessories that work with the Thread wireless protocol in addition to Bluetooth. Nanoleaf states that Thread offers improved reliability, a wider range of controls, and "no more dropped connections." Thread will also allow the Essentials line to connect directly to Apple's recently announced HomePod mini, and will fall back to Bluetooth if the connection fails.
The new lights also support Adaptive Lighting, which automatically adjusts color temperature throughout the day, and each support up to 16 million colors and shades of white. Pricing for the Nanoleaf Essentials line starts at $19.99 for an A19 light bulb, with the light strip priced at $49.99.
Nanoleaf's updated Shapes Triangles are available now at Nanoleaf's online store, Best Buy, and in-store at Home Depot, with prices starting at $119.99, for a five-pack of Mini Triangles. The full-sized Shapes Triangles come in a seven-pack starter kit, which retails for $199.99, and expansion packs are also available for both sizes. The updated Nanoleaf Smarter Series app is also available now for iOS and Android.
Mini, but mighty
Cute and connected
The Nanoleaf Shapes Mini Triangles offer all of the connected colors and features as the larger Triangles but come in a new compact form factor. Perfect for smaller spaces or kid's rooms, these mini triangles can also expand existing light displays.
Updated looks, updated features
The same, but different
Nanoleaf's updated full-size Triangles come with a more straightforward snap-on installation method and touch capabilities. These large panels can attach to other Shapes like the new mini triangles, as well as Nanoleaf's Hexagons for tons of design possibilities.
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Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.