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Nanoleaf, known for its HomeKit-enabled accent lights, recently launched its most futuristic and modern looking lighting product yet - Lines. Lines are modular LED light bars that are illuminated at the back and can be arranged into different patterns and shapes for a unique design.

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Prior Nanoleaf products have all been panels in various shapes with LED lights in the corners, but the Lines are something entirely different and may appeal to those who don't care for the panel look. Lines are priced starting at $200, so this is a high-end accent lighting product.

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Lines are white plastic light bars that are 11 inches long and .78 inches thick, and the idea is to connect lines together with hexagon-shaped connectors, creating different patterns and designs. The Nanoleaf app can be used for designing a Lines setup, and once a favorite shape has been decided on, the Lines can be mounted to the wall.

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Mounting Nanoleaf's Lines is hassle free. Just make your design, test out the lights, and then transfer the shape to the wall using the adhesive tape. There are detachable plastic plates that hold the adhesive and pull tabs so you can remove the Lines from the wall without damage. It's probably Nanoleaf's best setup in terms of relocating/removing the hardware. I took the Lines off of the wall a couple of times to move them and had no issues.

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Nanoleaf's products are HomeKit-enabled, so setup is as simple as opening up the Nanoleaf app and then scanning a HomeKit code. You might run into a snag if you don't have a 2.4GHz WiFi network available, but for the most part, it should be a seamless experience.

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Once set up, turned on, and connected, the Lines magic happens. Nanoleaf is using backlighting for the Lines, and it's a neat effect with millions of color options. Lines offer a unique look that's different from the other Nanoleaf products, and I can't get over how cool it is. Each Line can be set to two separate colors, and there's little blending, so you get these distinct shade mixes that are visually striking.

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With Nanoleaf's Hexagons and Triangles, the lighting panels are bright enough to replace a traditional light, but that's not the case with Lines. Lines, like Nanoleaf's wood-colored Elements, are accent lighting and are not bright enough to work as a standard light. That said, at 100 percent brightness, they're still able to put out a decent amount of light and are bright enough that I prefer to run them at about 50 percent brightness since they're in my line of sight.

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When not lit up, Nanoleaf's Lines suffer from a problem that plagues most of the other Nanoleaf products - they're not that attractive on the wall. I am not a fan of the look of the Lines when they're turned off. The Lines are made from a stark white plastic and when off, they really stand out. Nanoleaf is making covers for the Lines that turn them black or pink, and that might improve the look when they're deactivated. The skins are shipping sometime in the future, and Nanoleaf says more designs are coming.

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I can forgive how the lines look when not lit just because of how vibrant and eye-catching they are when activated. You can choose from tons of different colors and pick a static look, or set up scenes with rotating colors in different patterns. Nanoleaf has some preset designs and an entire Nanoleaf gallery where you can download designs other people have created.

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Nanoleaf's robust selection of lighting scenes is so convenient and one of my favorite parts of the Nanoleaf ecosystem. You can always find something fresh and interesting when browsing through the different looks that have been uploaded if you don't feel like putting the effort in to create your own designs. You can preview scenes or save them to your library and use them regularly.

The Lines are designed to be controlled through the Nanoleaf app, but you can also swap through your saved scenes using the hardware-based controller. Nanoleaf Lines support rhythm functionality as well, and you can use Rhythm scenes to set them to light up with music.

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Lines are HomeKit compatible and can be assigned to Rooms and controlled alongside other HomeKit devices with Siri voice commands. The Home app offers little control functionality beyond activating/deactivating the Lines or setting them to a static color, so the Nanoleaf app is the primary control method. The Nanoleaf app incorporates all of your HomeKit products and the interface can be confusing, but the Nanoleaf section is straightforward and has the controls for the Lines.

I didn't have connectivity issues with the Lines during my time testing them, and I did spend about a month with them before writing my review, so they feel fairly reliable. I've also been using other Nanoleaf products for years with few connectivity problems beyond needing to reset the WiFi connection every so often.

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Pricing is the major negative with the Lines. It's $200 for nine LED light bars, and another three costs $70, and that's not money that everyone is going to want to spend on accent lighting.

Bottom Line

If Nanoleaf's Lines fit your personal aesthetic and your budget, I don't think you're going to be disappointed picking them up. Lines are not the most attractive wall decor when not turned on, but when lit, they're colorful, futuristic, and fun.

I find the Lines to be a great addition to my home office, and I think they complement any kind of gaming room, PC setup, theater setup, or TV room, and I suspect kids would enjoy them too. I wish Nanoleaf could sell these at a more affordable price point, and I love everything about them but their high price tag.

How to Buy

Lines can be pre-ordered from the Nanoleaf website for $199. Each set includes nine Lines, with add-ons of three Lines available in expansion packs priced at $70. Nanoleaf says that pre-orders are expected to ship in late November.

Note: Nanoleaf provided MacRumors with set of Lines and a Lines expansion pack for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Article Link: Review: Nanoleaf's HomeKit-Enabled Lines Offer Futuristic Accent Lighting
 
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Karl90

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I like some of their products but here in Australia they are just too expensive
 

nutmac

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I realize taste is subjective, but does anyone actually like these things?

The light strips hidden under the fixture (e.g., cabinet, desk) and Nanoleaf's faux wood hexagons can look pretty good. But aside from bringing holiday cheers, I don't really see the point of paying $200 to put Lines against the wall. It looks like something one would put in a kid's room.
 

Juicy Box

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My kids would love this.



I’m always glad to see more HomeKit products.
I really wished there was more HomeKit offerings.

When I recently moved from a townhome into a single family home, I planned on investing in a lot more home automation and security. Being in the Apple ecosystem, I figured I would get HomeKit and HomeKit Secure Video devices, but quickly found the options are limited.


I have only added a few HomeKit devices to my home so far, and one of them, I still have not gotten to work.

HomeKit security cameras have a limited selection as well. A couple brands do have HomeKit compatibility, but not a complete line of different types of camera.

Eufy makes some nice HomeKit offerings, but not many outdoor cameras, and no spotlight camera with HomeKit.

Not sure what I am going to do, as I am tired a waiting for HomeKit options. I might just drop HomeKit all together.
 

Eorlas

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I realize taste is subjective, but

which is it: do you, or do you not realize it? if you did, then the rest of your comment would not exist. your comment wouldn't have a purpose of existing at all.
 

Chrjy

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which is it: do you, or do you not realize it? if you did, then the rest of your comment would not exist. your comment wouldn't have a purpose of existing at all.
Looks like someone hit a nerve!

The guy/gal was simply stating that he/she realises that taste is subjective and his/her taste is the opposite to yours. Is that not allowed?

To shoot someone down for their opinion is a little contradictory based on your comment.
 
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It looks like something one would put in a kid's room.
Their target audience are gamers, YouTube content creators and kids.

I have a few of their bulbs which are reasonably priced and a couple of strips hidden - they look great in moderation. They have been reliable with HomeKit.

The lines I’m not keen on — and their price is just far too high for pieces of plastic.
 

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This website is always good for a Nanoleaf review every few months.
This product has way more popularity than you think. If the price wasn’t such a hindrance for the majority of consumers, I think you’d find more people that would actually appreciate the artistic ability with Nano-leaf. Plus, they need more marketing, because not enough people are aware of this product other than ‘techies’.
 

Fowl

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I'm going to wait 10 years and buy one of these for a dollar at a yard sale. Nothing that cheesy has been made since the 1970s or something.
 

x-evil-x

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I like these over the other ones they have. The cord I’m not worried about Id run cables even if it is against “code”. If you guys are worried about code and safety run a conduit in the wall. For the price of 200$ it misses the mark by about 100$ for me.
 

Eorlas

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The guy/gal was simply stating that he/she realises that taste is subjective and his/her taste is the opposite to yours.

i never stated my taste. how could it possibly be described as opposite to mine, if it has not been presented.

the question still has not been answered. if taste is subjective, there's no reason for a "but." that is redundant, and lacks purpose. if there is a "but", then they do not, indeed, have any clue that taste is subjective.
 

SBlue1

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Even though this isn’t for me, I’m always glad to see more HomeKit products.

HomeKit is still a mess. Still no support for vacuum cleaners. Still no support for Siri notifications on the HomePod mini. Why can't I set a routine that when my tado senses the humidity is too high Siri on the HomePod tells me to go check it out. The HomePod mini is so great yet Siri is so limited.
 
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