In addition to the announced new options for the Shape series, Nanoleaf has got a new Essential Smart Lighting line under control. As the name suggests, it fits in the more traditional shape with an affordable $ 20 smart lamp and a $ 50 LED strip. And unlike the previous Nanoleaf products, Essentials uses Thread for smart home communication.
A light bulb with an angular profile
First in the Essentials line is the new Nanoleaf Essentials lamp for $ 20. Sometimes it’s hard to remember, but his first product was a smart lightbulb that was introduced at Kickstarter.
Nanoleaf’s newest lightbulb is a reminder of that legacy thanks to its rhombicosidodecahedron shape. For those of you who aren’t geometry majors, this is a solid with 20 regular triangular faces, 30 square faces, 12 regular pentagonal faces, 60 vertices, and 120 edges.
The Nanoleaf Essentials lamp is available in size A19 and supports colors from 16 million and tunable whites. According to Gimmy Chu, CEO of Nanoleaf, a lot of emphasis has been placed on white lighting even though it can handle color. According to the company, the Essentials lamp offers the largest maximum brightness range across all color temperatures.
An expandable LED strip
Nanoleaf didn’t just announce a lightbulb. The Essential LED strip was also announced. There are two formats: a 2-meter starter kit for $ 50 and a 1-meter expansion kit for $ 25. It is a RGBCCWW LED strip that offers special cool and warm white lighting. Like the Essentials lightbulb, Nanoleaf went to great lengths to get the best white lighting possible as this is the most useful feature of the strip.
Thread and smart home functions
The original Nanoleaf lightbulb was a bluetooth affair that limited its capabilities. While the new Essentials line supports Bluetooth, Nanoleaf has also integrated the Thread standard into the devices. This means it can mesh with all other thread devices, giving you faster response times and better reliability.
These are smart lights too, so you get the usual app and voice controls. The LED strip also has a control module, similar to the lighting on Nanoleaf Shapes. In addition, Essentials lights have a circadian rhythm function. When you turn it on, the lights subtly shift color temperatures to match the time of day.
Nanoleaf hasn’t announced when the Essentials line will launch, but you can sign up for notifications on their website when more information becomes available.