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Nanoleaf, the company that makes wall-mounted modular light panels in various shapes, today announced the launch of a line of "Essentials," which includes a new light bulb and lightstrip.

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The Smart Color Changing LED Bulb and LED Lightstrip are simpler, everyday lighting options that are meant to be used alongside the light panels. Compatible with HomeKit, both the bulb and the lightstrip have support for HomeKit Adaptive Lighting, which allows them to shift color temperatures during the day.

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Cooler lighting temperatures that better match daylight are used during the day, and at night, the lights will cut down on blue lighting to allow for better sleep. The Essentials Bulb, which has a unique shape, supports color temperatures from 2,700 to 6,500K and feature an average brightness of 806 lumens with a max brightness of 1,100 lumens.

The Lightstrip has four white LEDs per LED set, two warm and two cool, and there are 21 LED sets per meter. The Lightstrip measures in at 80 inches and can be augmented with 40 inch expansion strips. Lightstrips can be cut as needed and can reach a maximum of 10 meters with brightness between 2,000 and 2,200 lumens.

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According to Nanoleaf, the Essentials are the first smart lighting product to work with Thread, which is a low latency and low power mesh network. With Thread support, users can count on improved connectivity, a wider control range, and an option for setting custom schedules.

Nanoleaf plans to add smart features and integrations in future updates such as Color Scenes, Screen Mirror, and Rhythm Music Sync, which will be made available through the Thread support. No hub is required for Nanoleaf's products, which will connect to HomeKit over Bluetooth.

Nanoleaf's Essentials are launching exclusively in Apple retail stores and the Apple online store. The Nanoleaf Essentials A19 Bulb is priced at $20 and the Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip is priced at $50.

Article Link: Nanoleaf Launches HomeKit-Compatible 'Essentials' LED Bulb and Lightstrip
 

RookiDT

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Thread support is appreciated. I assume these products can be configured with out connecting to WiFi and can be controlled using HomePod/iPad/Apple TV. It's great to see thread based products for secure smart homes.
 
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4jasontv

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Part of a lighting standard was getting a single platform for control. The other is matching colors. I have a house full of hue. Nanoleaf needs to be sure their colors match hue or I can’t integrate this.
 
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ImaxGuy

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Don’t worry, you get what you pay for. I’ve got about 8 hue bulbs and two lightstrips, none have ever gone bad. My friend has 1st gen bulbs and they are all still working. They are quality bulbs
I've had two Hue bulbs and one smart plug die within the first two years of operation. Impressed that Phillips (Signify) support asked for the serial numbers and sent replacements free of charge.
 
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jordanpin

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Jumped on it right away, mostly because I've been waiting for an Adaptive Lighting-compatible light strip and the Eve one is out of stock on Amazon. But I'm getting conflicting information... This article and many others claim that Adaptive Lighting is supported, but TechHive and 9to5 suggest otherwise. Can anyone confirm?
 
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icanhazmac

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Surprising given the cost of the wall mounted panels but I will probably try the strip.
 
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BJMRamage

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I am totally new to HomeKit and smart home devices...

if I do NOT have a HomePod Mini, can I still activate these bulbs? I have a couple AppleTVs. Do these need to communicate with that and be close to the TV -OR- do I need to be within a close range to use voice or Home via iPhone?
Without a HomePod Mini can I use my location to trigger lights to come on -OR- control these lights when away from home?

Thanks in advance
 
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WiiDSmoker

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I am totally new to HomeKit and smart home devices...

if I do NOT have a HomePod Mini, can I still activate these bulbs? I have a couple AppleTVs. Do these need to communicate with that and be close to the TV -OR- do I need to be within a close range to use voice or Home via iPhone?
Without a HomePod Mini can I use my location to trigger lights to come on -OR- control these lights when away from home?

Thanks in advance

your Apple TV will work as the HomeKit hub. So yes these bulbs will work.
 
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