Nanoleaf unveiled its new Wood Look Hexagons elements in June, which move away from all previous light panels that Nanoleaf has designed. Nanoleaf elements have a textured, wood-like material that can be illuminated with cold or warm white light, and when turned off, they appear to be simple wood panels, giving a more natural look than white plastic in previous versions.
nanolf wood design
Whenever I do a Nanoleaf review, there are always comments about what the white plastic looks like when it is not activated, so people who find it sticky may prefer this more subtle wood look that blends better in the house when the lights they are not lit. It is softer, calmer and less attractive than the bright colors of other Nanoleaf options.
nanoleaf elements at night
Nanoleaf Elements panels are not real wood and are still made of a plastic material, but there is a wood-like veneer. When not lit, Nanoleaf elements look reasonable enough like remote wood and are certainly a different aesthetic than the simple plastic of other Nanoleaf light panels.
the design of the wood in the leaves fades
Because Nanoleaf elements have a wood finish, Nanoleaf limited them to shades of white light. Unlike other Nanoleaf products, they can only be set at temperatures between 1500K (warm yellow light) and 4000K (cold blue light). There is no option to choose colors, which makes them a much more subtle lighting option than standard Hexagons and other bright panels.
wall light yellow nanolf
Nanoleaf elements have a true hexagonal shape, with an LED in each corner and each LED can be individually controlled in scenes and patterns, which is a deviation from other Nanoleaf light panels. Because each LED can be controlled, you can make one part of a panel brighter than another, which adds another dimension of interest to simple warm / cold lighting schemes.
white light nanoliflor wall
I like the color, so I’m a big fan of Nanoleaf’s standard light panels, which can be set to millions of colors, but I appreciate the soft lighting look of the Nanoleaf elements. Because there is a patterned wood veneer over the lights, these panels do not become as bright as standard panels and are best for accent lighting. They provide enough light to replace a lamp that is on the weaker side, but you will not be able to use them for any task lighting.
nanolifolium lighting model
I have trouble noticing this feature when I only create a standard static lighting scene, but it is more obvious when I try to make different effects, such as a fire light or a flickering candle-like light. Makes the lighting patterns of Nanoleaf elements very different from standard Nanoleaf panels.
scene creator for the nanoleaf application
In terms of design, the Nanoleaf Elements Hexagons are identical to the lightweight Nanoleaf Hexagon and Triangle panels launched last year, offering a simple connection and removable mounting plate that makes it much easier to remove them from the wall. The hexagons come with the mounting plate already in place, so you just need to remove the adhesive backing and glue them to the wall in the desired pattern. If you don’t know what you want, the Nanoleaf application has a useful Layout Wizard for generating projects.
nanoleaf panel design
Nanoleaf Elements connects to a home via a 2.4 GHz WiFi connection and uses HomeKit, so setup is as simple as scanning a omeHomeKit code. All the panels work the same, but there is a power connector that you need to plug somewhere and a control module, which also has some touch-based control options. nanoleaf connector
Apart from the different veneers and white light color options, the Elements are otherwise identical to other Nanoleaf products. These are controlled via the Nanoleaf application (although they can also be turned on / off via HomeKit and you can use them in HomeKit scenes,) and there are features such as touch responsiveness, music rhythm synchronization to activate while music is playing much more.
the main interface of the nanoleaf application
They are designed to use element-specific scenes, but Nanoleaf has a wide selection of community-based scenes for its other panels, so there is a built-in function for converting any standard scene into a well-functioning Elements scene. It’s just white light, so sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between scenes, but the scenes created by Nanoleaf are unique. nanoleaf convert pattern
I have been using Nanoleaf panels since the first Aurora triangles appeared years ago and they are still some of my favorite HomeKit compatible lights. There are occasional connectivity issues with most omeHomeKit products, but even my original panels work like new years later and my Nanoleaf experience has always been largely hassle-free. The Nanoleaf elements are no exception and worked well in the weeks I tested them.
white light from the leaves
Nanoleaf recently added Thread border router support to its Elements panels, offering improved connectivity compared to Bluetooth and WiFi. Thread is a low-power mesh network for smart devices that communicates with other Thread-enabled devices and stimulates signals between them. Many modern smart home devices add Thread integration, so it’s great to see Nanoleaf adopting the technology.
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