Nanoleaf Lines Review: The future of color-changing environmental light bars
With support for millions of colors and lots of vibrant visuals, the Nanoleaf Lines can draw whatever you want. They are at their most interesting in a dark room riding through colors, but they are very flexible. I use the effect of daylight to illuminate my office during the day and to keep away the dark winter outdoors, and then switch to vibrant colors at night.
The app is not the simplest, but it's well worth the effort to browse and download views. There are many options, and you can make your own. But I spent far too long creating a unique view, so I recommend just selecting from the popular list on the Discover tab.
Fortunately, you do not have to use the Nanoleaf app much, as you can connect the lines to Google Assistant through the Home app, or connect them with Apple's HomeKit or Amazon's Alexa. They also support IFTTT, Samsung SmartThings, and can extend connectivity for Thread devices by acting as a Thread router.
What enhances Nanoleaf's lines, compared to cheaper options, is its sleek synchronization capabilities. Once an add-on for the original panels, a Nanoleaf Rhythm module is installed here, meaning the lines can handle any music playing in the room . This is great when you want a party vibe. The colors hit in time to the ports.
I set the lines up above my desk and was thrilled to test the screen mirror effect, which matches colors to anything on your computer monitor. You need to run the Nanoleaf desktop app for this to work (that means it won't work with your TV unless you use a PC or laptop with your big screen). But PC gamers will get a kick out of it. It will add a bit more immersion, and Razer fans will be happy to see Razer Chroma support as well.
The Nanoleaf Lines look much better lit than off, but they're not as ugly as the panels when you're not using them. You still have to consider whether the matte white plastic (skin is optional in matte black or pink for an additional $ 20) fits your decor. They will not look out of place with a game setting, a modern minimalist office, or a kids room, but they will be against some situations. Some additional options, such as wood finishing, may help them blend in with other rooms. Unfortunately, no matter where you put them, you are stuck with the power cord running down the wall, and it just looks deceptive.
At $ 200 for a starter pack with just nine lines and $ 70 for an extension set of three, they are very expensive. Perhaps the closest competitor, Govee’s Glide light bars, starts from half that price. But Nanoleaf’s Lines deliver gorgeous lighting effects that are sure to turn heads and work quickly with any smart home setting. After spending a few weeks with them, I'm sure they are some of the best the company has to offer.