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Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas, inspiration and the gear you need

Setting up your Nanoleaf smart lights isn't all fun and games - and picking the best design for your room can be tough if you're new to the idea. Once it's stuck on, you don't want to have to reposition them with more sticky tabs.

You may want to follow the outline edge of your TV, fill up a thin strip of wall or make the lights the centerpiece of a room, with a design sprawling onto the ceiling using Nanoleaf's Flex Linkers. Whatever you have in mind for your triangular Nanoleaf panels, we've got design ideas and inspiration for you to explore.

Thread: Nanoleaf Essentials review / Nanoleaf Elements review / Nanoleaf Shapes review

And once you have a bit of an idea of the kind of designs you can create, there's even the in-app layout assistant to experiment further. Check out the 10 we've created down below.

Best Nanoleaf light panel designs

The standard Nanoleaf light panels come initially as a pack of nine panels, with expansion sets coming as a pack of three panels, 15 panels or a whopping 30 panels. That gives you plenty of scope to design whatever you want, providing you're willing to make the investment. And, remember, even though you can't have designs wrap around walls in the layout assistant, using Nanoleaf's flexible linkers will allow them to bend onto ceilings and the like.

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

The triangle

The Nanoleaf panels themselves are triangles, so why not extend the picture and turn your kit of nine into one big pyramid? This one is simple, but it could be just what you need if you're looking for a block of light in your room - or, you happen to be a big fan of Zelda.

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

Snake

There's plenty of ways to do this, and picking a snake-like design is perhaps the easiest way to make use of the flexible linkers and spread your lighting onto the ceiling or around an edge of wall. The great thing about snaking your panels in a line is that you don't need many to get started, and adding over time is much simpler to keep coherent than with a block shape.

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

Miscellaneous #1

Hey, they can't all make sense, can they? Since many people will stick with the nine panels that come with the starter kit and still want to get creative, this is a design that spreads the light into two triangular shapes with an extra panel sticking out on the side. Simple and neat.

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

TV wrap

One of the best areas to place your lights is around your TV. Since light is already coming out from the TV, the panels' light isn't as jarring to have in the background. And if you match it to the TV's rectangular shape, it can look even smarter.

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

The claw

Maybe you see a claw, maybe you see a dinosaur's footprint or maybe you just want an 'M' shape on your bedroom wall - either way, it's possible with the starter kit and an extra panel. Plus, if you decide to add an extra four panels over time, you can add them to the bottom row and transform this into a mountain shape with two peaks at the top. Versatile.

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

Eyes

If you pick up an extra panel to your 9-panel starter pack, you're able to combine them to create two hexagons. The result may look a bit like a pair of eyes stuck to your wall, but this is a neat way to get a clear block of light in a given room.

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Diamond

If you have a thin space of wall you want to fill, but you don't fancy a snaking design, you only need eight panels to create a diamond shape. It may not be the most adventurous design, but remember you can turn this on its side and also wrap it around a corner to make it a bit more lively.

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Two diamonds

If you don't mind dishing out the cash, you can create a diagonal wall of light with this 16-panel design. It's a little tricky, since this means buying two extra 3-pack expansions and then a singular panel, but the result makes for a great centerpiece.

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The star

The natural shape of the panels allow you to quickly and easily link together a star shape, though you will need the expansion pack featuring three panels to pull this one off. If you do, just be aware that this also looks like super stars from the Mario series, or, you know, a sheriff's badge.

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Miscellaneous #2

A great design for those who just want to stick to their starter kit of nine panels, this works for thin spaces and still manages to spread the light out. Why not place this on one side of your TV and line it up with a flipped version on the other side?

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Nanoleaf essential guide: Getting started with the smart lighting kit

Nanoleaf Light Panels

From $199.99, Amazon | nanoleaf.me

This is Nanoleaf's current modular, color-changing lighting panel, previously known as Nanoleaf Aurora, and the starter kit now comes as a Rhythm Edition - meaning it can listen to your music in real-time and respond with light. The starter kit gets you nine triangular panels, a base station and the add-on Rhythm module (see below).

After that, you can buy extra panels separately (again, see below) and there are also bundles of 15 and 30 panels. In the Nanoleaf app, you can create, share and switch between themes, both static and animated, set schedules and light alarms and change the hue, colour temperature and brightness of individual panels.

Nanoleaf essential guide: Getting started with the smart lighting kit

Nanoleaf Hexagon

From $199.99, nanoleaf.me

Nanoleaf's latest wall panels are Hexagons. Six sides enable much more combinations than the four on the Canvas and three on the Tiles. You'll get up to 500 Hexagons per Control Hexagon, but you'll need extra power for every 25 Hexagons. Even better, they'll be touch enabled, like the Canvas, so you can play games.

Nanoleaf essential guide: Getting started with the smart lighting kit

Nanoleaf Canvas

From $199.99, Amazon | nanoleaf.me

This is the latest version of the light panels, which comes with square panels, rather than triangles. There's still all the same features and compatibility, though, and up to 1,000 Canvas panels can be connected in one space. There's even built-in Rhythm support, so you won't need the add-on module that the Nanoleaf Light Panels require.

Another cool thing about the Nanoleaf Canvas is that the panels are touch-enabled. This basically means that you can tap on the squares and play some games. So, you'll be able to load up a version of Simon, Whack-A-Mole and even Pacman, right there on your fancy wall.

In Q3 2019, you can look forward to a mounting grid for the Canvas that'll make it much easier to set up, too. Right now, it's a bit of a hassle, and, as you can read in our full review, you'll need a couple of people to help you out when sticking them to your wall.

Nanoleaf essential guide: Getting started with the smart lighting kit

Nanoleaf smart lightbulbs

From $9.99, Amazon | nanoleaf.me

Nanoleaf also has a few smart lightbulbs in its collection. The Nanoleaf Smart Ivy is a $9.99 design lightbulb that comes in 'love' (bright pink with hearts), 'leaf' (leaf patterned) and black models, as shown above. It can be controlled via the app, the Apple Home app, Alexa and there's Zigbee on board, too. The Smart Ivy requires a Nanoleaf Hub, which you can get as part of a Smarter Kit with two smart bulbs.

That same signature look continues in Nanoleaf's affordable and environmentally friendly Classic series, which includes the Nanoleaf One and Nanoleaf Bloom, both of which you can get as an E27 or B22 bulb. Both of these lightbulbs are made from folded PCB and have a huge 30,000 hour lifespan. There's no app or voice controls here, but the Bloom uses nifty programming and switch controls to make it a dimmable lightbulb that, well, doesn't need a dimmer.

Nanoleaf also has two lighting fixtures for showing its light bulbs. There's the $44.99 Pendant, which comes with an inline dimmer switch and hangs from the ceiling, and the $59.99 Lamp Base, which is a block of wood with a light switch.


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Nanoleaf essential guide: Getting started with the smart lighting kit

Nanoleaf Remote

$49.99,Amazon | nanoleaf.me

The Nanoleaf Remote not only controls Nanoleaf lighting, but it also works as an Apple HomeKit controller. It's a truly unique dodecahedron Remote that connects to your tech over Bluetooth. It works so you can set each of the remote's 12 sides in either the Nanoleaf or the Apple Home app. You need a Rhythm module too, though.

Nanoleaf essential guide: Getting started with the smart lighting kit

Nanoleaf Rhythm

$49.99, Amazon | nanoleaf.me

If you bought Light Panels before the announcement of the Rhythm module, don't panic - you can also buy it separately as an add-on. As you'd expect, it turns your smart lighting into a real time, colour changing music visualiser. You'll need the panels themselves to get going though, obviously.

Nanoleaf essential guide: Getting started with the smart lighting kit

Nanoleaf Linkers

From $8.99, Amazon | nanoleaf.me

Nanoleaf's Linkers are an essential cog in your wider design, and you'll need to stock up on more if you plan on building out your collection with the expansion packs, detailed below, or you messed up the first time around.

It's critical to note that these Linkers come in two different variations - Rigid Linkers and Flex Linkers. The stiff linkers will only allow you to link panels on the same wall, while the bendy linkers, shown above, will let you wrap your design seamlessly around walls or even onto the ceiling.

Rigid Linkers will work for both standard Nanoleaf panels and Nanoleaf Canvas, while you'll need specific Flex Linkers for the Canvas and different ones for standard panels, which you can buy here. Oh, and Flex Linkers will cost $1 more for a pack of nine - just so you know.

Nanoleaf essential guide: Getting started with the smart lighting kit

Nanoleaf Expansion Packs

From $59.99, Amazon | nanoleaf.me

Once you begin spreading Nanoleaf onto your walls, you may not be able to stop, with endless potential existing for both the standard kit and the Canvas. Unlike Lifx, you can add to your design over time with Expansion Packs, which come in sets of three, 15 or 30 panels.

It works out at roughly $20 per panel, and it's probably best to map out your expansion design before you buy. Also, obviously, keep in mind that you have to add the same shape to your current design - no mixing and matching is allowed.


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When Nanoleaf told me they had a new range of their designs coming out but with a natural twist to it, I was intrigued. Going around the design fairs I had already seen and played with products from Nanoleaf. So I was really excited to be gifted their new range of smart lighting wall decor, the Nanoleaf Elements.

One of things that I love about their new range is that it looks so natural. The hexagon shape and the fact the panels are made to look like of wood grain material. Very biophilic! They subtly blend in perfectly with your home surroundings. Where as the other ranges I though were also cool but I could see them more in a more commercial office or a tech setting. The Elements range you can put in any room in the home and it wouldn’t look out of place.

I had a perfect place to try out the Nanoleaf Elements. There was a totally blank wall in one of the bedrooms of which was crying out for something on the bed wall. I already knew what kind of layout I was thinking for the wall. Something organic and random pattern I though was best suited. I didn’t want a pattern that was “obviously designed.” There are plenty of design inspirations to get some ideas from which I did look at beforehand.

I found it was better once in the room to play around the panel arrangement on the floor first as I already knew it wasn’t going to a be complicated design. Once I played around with the panel layouts on the floor, I took a photo of each layout to see which design I preferred. Then I got a tape measure and took an overall dimension of the width and then the height of the design. I took those measurements and put them against the wall to make sure I had enough space and for the positions of wall panels.

I got the starter pack which is a 7 pack of hexagon Nanoleaf panels along with an extension pack of 3 panels. So 10 smart panels all together. Which is plenty enough to create an impact in a room. I ended up using 8 of the 10 panels as I wanted a design a bit more simple.

Nanoleaf Elements Installation

I said yes to trying out the Nanoleaf Elements that I didn’t even think about the installation! But thankfully that was one of the easiest things to do! It’s just self adhesive strips on the back of the panels which your press to the wall.

Nanoleaf panel install

I literally thought I was going to have to going to have get the screws and the drill out but it was super easy. I spent more time figuring out the layout of the panels and moving the bed from against the wall than actually putting the panels up! It took about 30 minutes to put the panels up all together.

Nanoleaf Elements - wood style hexagon panel design in the bedroom. Lights off, just design wall layout.

Lighting

With the Nanoleaf Elements the lighting settings are cool and warm white lighting. Ideal for any setting and gives the best ambient lighting without being over the top or too techy. More of natural glow which fits the whole idea of the wall decor perfectly. I love that it just back to the basics. And you can even set the elements to tie in with the natural body clock.

The Nanoleaf Elements are natural looking and of a simple style, which is great because you can arrange the panels to be as simple or add more in for a more decorative pattern. There are so many things in one product. The wall decor looks great whether the panels are turned off or you use the mode setting. The past few days I’ve been leaving them on a visual display mode in just relaxing on the bed or with a book. It’s really sets a calming atmosphere in the bedroom.

Nanoleaf Elements light panels layout design

Another mode I’ve been having fun with is the Splash music mode. This mode is really great when you’ve got some music on as the panels pick up the rhythm of the music and create a visual light display based off what you’re playing. I’ve been playing my chill tunes as well as some epic film soundtracks just to see the light display playing along with them! (You have to try it!)

Nanoleaf Elements are so easy to pair up with your phone as well. You can turn them on or off straight from your phone and set up different groups for different rooms from your phone.

Top Tips

  • Try out different design layout of panels on the floor first. Take measurements then double check measurements on the wall.
  • Take photos of your design for reference so you know what you’re doing when mapping them on the wall.
  • Make sure you have a power supply on the wall or close by before you put up your first hexagon panel. Plug in the power source first and connect to the first panel then work out the rest of your panels from your photos from there.
  • Put in your relevant link connecters into your panels before putting them up the wall. It’s a lot easier rather than lifting the panel just enough from the wall to put the link connector in after it’s been stuck in place.

I’m going to be making a few more additions to the bedroom now that the wall Elements are up. It feels like a little modern day retreat when I’m in the bedroom! I’m already thinking what other rooms I can use them in! I have another idea to use them in the reading nook of the living room. I’m going to leave them where they are for now. But there are so many places you could use these!

Chloe

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Nanoleaf’s new lights are a Scandinavian design dream

I make no secret of my love for Nanoleaf light panels. Sure, they don’t solve a problem or add convenience like much of my smart home gear. They also aren’t cheap. And yet, I still want to cover my walls in them as tech-inspired wall decor.

The company’s new Elements lights that are covered in blonde faux wood are no exception. While they don’t have color lights like other Nanoleaf products, these panels are attractive even when they’re turned off.

The Nanoleaf Elements line retails for $299.99 for a starter kit, which includes seven hexagonal panels and the controller. Additional panels come in an add-on pack that contains three panels and sells for $99.99.

 

The Elements lights glow white in shades from cool 4,000 Kelvin to a reddish-orange 1,500 Kelvin with 22 lumens per light. (If you want some color on your wall, you can add the Nanoleaf Shapes to these and create a mix of colorful lights and wood-paneled lights.)

Like most Nanoleaf lights, you can program scenes for the lights and they will respond to both touch and sound. The lights work with HomeKit, Google, and Amazon’s Alexa and connect to your home networking using 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi.

Getting the Elements on the wall

I tried out the Elements and was happy to see that since buying my original Nanoleaf set, the process of onboarding and assembling the panels has gotten easier.

To install the lights, you should first download the Nanoleaf app on an iOS or Android device. (I used iOS for this review because the Android app for Elements wasn’t ready for testing yet.) Like any HomeKit supported device, the onboarding was a breeze. I downloaded the app, signed in, and then snapped the QR code located on the plug that powers the light panels.

I gave my lights a name and a room and then it was done. A few minutes later, Alexa alerted me that the lights and their associated scenes were available if I wanted to control them using the Echo. Smooth.

We’ll come back to scenes and the app in a bit, but first, let’s get these up on the wall. Everything in the kit is separate, which gives you the most control over your design. Once the lights are connected in the app, you can see options for laying out your lights or plan your own design. I like to lay everything out on my floor, connect it to power and the hexagons to each other, and make sure everything works. I measure how wide the whole design is and how tall.

From there, you can make little templates for the panels if you want to get it oriented exactly right on the wall, but I really just measure how far over and from the center of the design my first piece is and then plop it on the wall. I should note that the panels will stick better if you clean the wall first. I will also admit that I have hung Nanoleaf panels on four separate occasions but only cleaned the wall on one of those occasions.

There are two things about Nanoleaf’s installation process that have improved since I bought my first Nanoleaf lights.

First, the panels come with a large 3M Command tape stuck in the middle. This is an upgrade from my experience with the original lights and the square Canvas lights, which used smaller strips that you placed on the edge of the panels, leaving little bits of command tape sticking out of the side for easy removal later. These new lights have a different design with the panel affixed to a plastic mount that the tape is attached to. Theoretically, when it comes time to remove the panels, I can easily pop the panel off that mount and remove the tape. I am curious how well these will detach. The one time I’ve removed my older panels from the wall, I ended up taking a bit of the paint and wall texture with me. (The others I’ve hung are still on the walls of the friends who I had helped hang them, so no word on how well those will detach.)

Second, the fasteners between the lights are improved. Rather than having to slide the hexagons onto a connector (which is hard when they have sticky tape on the back!), the panels snap onto connectors that affix to the back of the panels. It’s kind of like Legos. The starter kit comes with 8 fasteners that close the circuit between the panels and link them together.

Once the panels are on the wall, the hardest part of this job is done.

Using the lights is easy

To enjoy the lights, you can use the panels, the app, or your voice assistant. You can turn the lights on or off with a double-tap on the edge-most pieces. Touching the panels also makes them glow brighter when they are on, which is fun. Inside the app, you can select one of 11 pre-defined scenes or turn them all to the same color temperature.

The scenes are really nice. My favorite is Sahara Nights, which was a cooler shade of white that seemed to shimmer across the panels. There is a lot of movement happening with these lights. It’s pretty magical.

I’ve been using the Nanoleaf app for four years, and I’ve found that it has a consistent user experience that lets you dig deep to make your own scenes if that’s your jam. It also makes it super easy to go between your favorites with just a few taps. I confess that I mostly stick to two or three scenes unless it’s Halloween or some sort of party situation. And I mostly just control the on/off and scenes using my voice, so I am rarely in the app.

You can only control 21 panels off one power supply, although Nanoleaf sells upgraded power supplies for adding more panels. After testing these out, I plan to buy 22 (a starter kit and five 3-packs) to create a design on an 11-foot hallway wall that people have to walk down to get to my living room and kitchen. Yes, it’s $800 worth of panels, but the result will be a 7-foot by 4-foot design that means I don’t have to buy a painting or make a gallery wall. And I will do almost anything to avoid a gallery wall.

 

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