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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Cool and Fun, But Costly

    Posted
    KansasMeddlingMom
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    So, I think that the Nanoleaf Canvas, featured at this year's 2019 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is one of the most cool and fun decorating and game playing items that I have seen. In its prior iteration, this was the Nanoleaf Aurora, using triangular panels instead of the square ones featured in this Canvas version. The introductory box comes with a power source that plugs into one special tile that has touch buttons for various functions, Power (on/off) Music Notes, Schemes, Programmed Patterns, and +/- Light Brightness, 8 other tiles, links that connect one tile to another that powers the connected tiles, and 3 Command-like strips for each tile to install it to a viewing surface such as a wall, a ceiling, a post, etc. One of the You Tubes that I watched said that the 1st version, the Aurora, used 3M strips and with this version they are stamped with Nanoleaf's name. It is easy to decipher the 3 areas on the back of the tile to put these strips, but the blogger that brought up this detail said that the strips used for the Aurora triangular tiles, when released, did pull off paint from the wall and that he needed to repaint the damaged areas. Make sure that you have a readily accessible electrical outlet proximate to the wall area that you will be installing this on. I have picked a wall in my kitchen to affix these tiles where wallpaper is now currently hung and I do not want to damage that. By the way, you will want to stage the process of design and construction of this from a table, the floor, or some other elevated level surface to create your design, taking a picture with your phone so that you can remember your design, and then do the installation from there. I am being very careful to finalize my design before I do the actual installation, since I am debating on whether or not to buy additional tiles. I strongly recommend downloading the Nanoleaf app to your smartphone or whatever device you have and use that to program, to what seems, a multitude of choices available through that. I have an android, Samsung phone, but I see that if you have an iphone that there is a special AR feature that maps out various designs. Just to note, you must create a login/password for this app and then once you engage and power up that first control tile, you can add a device. label it, and the app will find your Wi-Fi network and then attach to that after you load your network's password. I have watched numerous YouTube videos, Nanoleaf produced ones and blogger produced ones, and there is a lot of information out there on how to set this up, construction of different patterns, scheduling of these light patterns either as a one-time only, daily, weekly, and for how long; the options seem to be limitless. By the way, Nanoleaf also has the ability to access tutorials through the app and their website, and it said on the address label that they would prefer the owner/user of this item to call them with issues before contacting the place where it was acquired from, in this case Best Buy. So, the good is that this is a fun, interesting, and cool light show with unlimited visual possibilities that also responds to music or other verbal sounds, is able to be linked to Alexa, or Google Home, or its own app to control, and play games by tapping on the tiles . The bad is the cost to do this-just to add 4 more tiles is $79.99, so to really make a larger mural might be cost prohibitive to many buyers in the market. Lastly, there really is no ugly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Interactive Light Tiles

    Posted
    zboot
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    The Nanoleaf Canvas are a modular set of touch sensitive multi-color light panels that are smartphone and smart-assistant controllable. My first though upon learning about the Canvas was "massive tetris wall". As this is a kit with just 9 light squares, I needed to tone that dream down a little. Still, it would be cool to add a pop of color and awe to a room and perhaps a way to communicate a message as the kids get older, like flashing the wall in a particular pattern to say "time to come up for dinner"! Opening up the box, you see 9 panels. 8 are regular squares and one is the control/power square. This one supplies power to the remaining squares, has the mobile connection, and logic to control all the squares. As the Canvas seems to be sold in kits where there's always a control square, I was a bit worried about expanding beyond the initial 9 but as it turns out, you can configure control squares to be passive. The control square has a wire guide of sorts that allows the power cable to be routed unobtrusively. That said, one will typically want to layout a design such that the control square is at the extremeties or lowest level of your design. And maybe even ideally in a location such that the power cord goes straight down. Choosing a design is a bit tough, especially with just 9 squares. I will admit to using their instagram channel to get ideas. Unforunately, most of what's there is mostly the non-square versions of Nanoleaf tiles. Still, there was enough inspiration to move forward. The next step is laying out the actual tiles to match your design. This turned out to not be as straightforward as I'd like on first look as I justed wanted to grab and place tiles. However, the tiles interconnect with linkers which connect at specific corners of each square. Unfortunately, it's not completely symmetric, so depending on orientation, you would not be able to connect two side by side squares, even if completly aligned. The benefit of the offset connector locations is that you don't need things to be fully squared off. Tiles can interconnect with one halfway down another. So really, to best lay things out, you'd want to flip the tiles upside down. Once the tiles are arranged (I suggest laying them flat on a table or the floor in front of the wall face down), you can then apply the mounting tape and place them on the wall. You may want to use a square or bubble level to ensure the first one is aligned properly. After that, going freehand likely is ok. It was only after going through this process and actually pairing the Canvas to my wifi and the app that I realized the app has a mode where you can perform trial arrangements. Still, it was fun shuffling things around on the table. Pairing the Canvas was very straightforward. Download the app, get to the main screen, go to my devices, hit add, then tap the control tile with my phone to use NFC to configure. There's also a QR code on the setup instructions that you can use to pair your Canvas. By themselves, without the app, the canvas tiles will respond to touch and sound. So you can tap or talk and have it ripple through different colors/responses. The control square has a few buttons. A power, brightness controls (up, down), and then three which don't mean much beyond the defaults without doing some set up on the app - cycle through color scenes, shuffle, and cycle through rhythm scenes. On the app, after you've added your device, you can then create a scene. The cool thing you'd first notice when adding a scene is that the app knows how your tiles are arranged. You get a virtual view of your tiles which you can actually rotate around to better match how they're actually oriented on the wall. From there, you can select an initial color for each tile. At that point you can stop, you've created a basic scene. The more advanced step is adding dynamic behavior, either automatically based on time. There's a dynamic tab where you select the kind of transition you want from a preset list, time delay between transitions, and some options on how the next color will be selected. Another tab for rhythm lets you do something similar - choose from some presets on how it will respond to your voice (well, whatever voice or sound it picks up - like a song). From that tab, you can actually experiment with how it will behave by play the music or talking and watching the response. Once you've settled on these decisions, you can save with this pushed to your Canvas. So, one of the cool things I learned about once I started to explore the app is interactive motions. Before I jump into that, the app is quite amazing. I don't know how long they've spent working on this, but the app is almost as much their product as the tiles are. Well designed, easy to use, and easy to discover and explore a lot about the Nanoleaf. There were times when it was exciting enough to be overwhelming. I suggest deciding ahead of time which things to try out first, then doing just that. Anyway, interactive motions I found from the discover tab where you can see a normal color scenes, rhythm scenes, and interactive ones. The color and rhythm seem to be a mix of Nanoleaf generated and user contributed. The interactive seem to be just Nanoleaf created. There's a Simon game, whack a mole, Pacman!! and a couple others. As you can probably guess, this revived my thoughts about tetris. Right now the interactions are relatively basic and due to the relative size of things, slow. I looked online to see if they had an api for someone to generate their own interactive games. Sadly, not yet. Though in the process, I found they had some to connect to your PC so it can react to you gaming or provide ambiance for your screen. Speaking of ambiance, I noticed with my setup (in the basement) that the nanoleaf can provide a decent amount of light at full brightness. In some ways, I made me start wondering about whether a ceiling mounted setup might be cool. The lighting in the basement isn't quite optimized for how I have things currently laid out and it's cool to think about having these do double duty. The sticky tabss that come with it looks suspiciously like 3M sticky tabs which have a little piece that you pull to later disengage and remove from your wall (or whatever you've mounted to). I'll need to consider routing for the power cable (perhaps make an extension or convert a nearby light to a power socket. This would also require a different shape/style power brick (or hacking the cable to one that better slots in to my recessed light) for a clean fit. The downside of a ceiling install is you lose the touch aspect of things, but that may be ok - I kind of waffle between whether or not I want to do things that encourage little hands on the wall anyway. Connecting to google home was simple - I expect the same for Alexa or Siri. Currently, my main smart assistant use is to call out a scene that peforms a notification ("come upstairs for food" and "count down to a nap"). I'm still thinking about more things I could do though I'm a bit limited by the amount the kiddos currently understand. Perhaps a couple more kits will be used to set up walls that are more geared for messaging between adults. I suspect I will be spending a lot more time investigating the Nanoleaf and hopefully they'll release a developer mode so one can work on more advance actions from a programmatic point of view. Still, with just the functioanlity available out of the box, this is a lot of fun and I still have a lot to explore.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love the concept – these are not toys!

    Posted
    banjo
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    I have been playing with the Nanoleaf Kit for a few days and still learning all the things that these are capable of. At first I thought “nice new technology toy” but as I spend time with them I am learning that these are actually very hi-tech and definitely not a “toy” item that will do a few cool things for the first few days and then gets old. Actually, this puts me in a conundrum, as I’m not sure how I want to use these and where I want to put them. Several reviewers have commented that having 9 squares in the starter kit seems like a limiting factor, and I have to agree that several more squares would provide a better experience with the starter kit. Check the cost of additional panels and it’s one of those “I wish I knew that before I got them” feelings. How I would LOVE to have another pack of panels but just not something i am comfortable with at the moment. As much as I am fascinated by these panels, I have to put the “4 Star” up instead of 5 due to the limited number of panels on the started kit and the high cost of additional panels. How can you set these panels up? Pairing with android phone app = YEP Pairing with Alexa = YEP Pairing with Google Home Hub = YEP Many different patterns and color schemes for music response = YEP Touch-sensitive games and interactions = YEP Every color on the color wheel = YEP “Bright” colors are actually BRIGHT = YEP Customize the colors and patterns to your heart’s content = YEP I mean by gosh you can set these up and walk into the room and tell Alexa (or Google) to “turn the panels to ‘Pulse Pop Beats’ and play some 80’s Rock ‘n Roll” for an immediate light show – then tell Alexa “turn the panels to ‘Beach Waves’ and play some ocean sounds” to change the mood for a romantic interlude. If you have a dedicated man cave, she shed, or game room these can add a lot of style and ambience. There is so much room for creativity and flexibility on these panels that it gets back to the problem with not having enough panels. I want to do a LOT of things with these, and CAN do a lot of things, but without more panels you pretty much have to limit yourself to make a choice for pattern and be satisfied with the displays that you can do with the pattern you have chosen. This leads to the mounting issue – if you want to mount the panels in a pattern on a wall – think it through and try out the “sticky strips” to see if they will work and hold the panels SECURELY on the wall. Plus you want to plan ahead and be sure you can fit the panels together with the connectors as you stick them to the wall. If you don’t plan it out, you will be pulling panels back off to get the connectors lined up properly and end up with the job half way done and a pile of used sticky tape that you had to take down to “do over” when mounting the panels. My solution to let things settle down before making a permanent mounting/pattern on the wall is to have a big piece of foam board and use Velcro stickies on the foam board and on the back of the panels to be able to pull the panels off and move them around easily. The foam board can be mounted on the wall when I think I am satisfied with the pattern, and then taken back down to change the pattern when needed. Honestly as soon as I think I have settled on a design and get it set up, I have an idea to move the panels around and try out a different pattern. Please don’t take this as a negative review, as these panels are fascinating and can do so many things! That’s part of the difficulty in having them as it makes deciding how to set them up so creatively challenging. Just to mention, I see a lot of reviews from folks using them to decorate the kid’s room – and wow that sounds really cool for the kids. Be sure your kids aren’t going to be whacking on these panels with a baseball bat or playing “punch the panel” with their little fistcuffs – or you are going to be replacing some pretty expensive decorations on a regular basis. (I love kids, but they sure can figure out how to break expensive technology in a hurry).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great idea; pain to set up.

    Posted
    APFLORES413
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    I really wanted to like this enough to give it 5 stars. It had a lot of promise, and it reminded me of how Lite Bright worked in the 80’s when I was growing up. The Nanoleaf is set up to be the 21st century upgrade to the beloved LB, but I feel this falls short. After a week of processing my thoughts, here is what I came up with: Pros: -beautiful colors. The amount of color and brightness of the Nanoleaf is stunning. The panels are subdivided into 4 squares. You have your typical colors of Blue, White, Yellow, Green, Orange, Red, and Purple. Within these are different shades of those colors when it transitions. The brightness level is REALLY bright. -Patterns: you have the option to have the transitions vary, so not to make it too boring. Many differing color patterns are available for you to experiment. -navigation: on the bottom right of the main square is the primary control panel. It gives you the options for Next Rhythm scene, Shuffle, Next color, Adjusting Brightness and Power. Pretty easy navigation for children to use. Cons: -starter set is not enough to make a good pattern. They only provide 9 squares for you to use, or enough if you wanted to make anything worth resembling such as a letter, animal, etc. I understand that this is only a starter set, but I think a dozen would’ve been sufficient. -connections. On the back of each panel square are the connection ports. There are only 4 connection ports, one of each side but in different locations, the idea for you to mix the pattern. I would have liked to have at least 2 on each side so you can have more variety on how you pattern your design. -connector tabs: there are several tabs that interlink with each panel, but they are very flimsy and can break easily. Also, when you do have the pattern idea, the panels are loosely connected and can fall off. Along with that are the stick tabs where you stick them to the walls these are really stick and hard to place, all while balancing the panel pattern without them falling apart. It’s a pain. I tried to put one panel at a time but becomes time consuming as you are trying to slide the connector tab into the slot. The design on this could’ve been better as wells Conclusion: At the end of the day, my kids are very happy with it. Again, great idea but the execution in design was not so great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun and interactive smart light panels

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    RAK9008
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    I own a Nanoleaf Aurora, the triangle-shaped light panels, and when I heard about Canvas, I about fell out of my chair, and when I got my hands on this product, I fell out of my chair, I just love Nanoleaf products. I love smart lights in general, but Nanoleaf is creative about it. Canvas is certainly an upgrade from Aurora, what blew my mind was how interactive it is. The panels are touch-responsive, and I found out, that it’s so sensitive, you can place your hand or finger just about a centimeter above the panel, and it responds. It might be capacitive touch system? Either way, you all you do is touch it! (One of the photos I attached, is my poor attempt to show this) The only downside to this I foresee is people with small children who like to press hard on things, I don’t know how durable the panels are, but if you press hard enough, you can break them. Another fun thing with these panels, Nanoleaf included games like “Simon Says” and “Memory” So that’s a new level of interactivity, I haven’t seen before. Unlike Aurora, Canvas comes integrated with the music module, meaning the lights will react to sound/music. Set up is easy. Nanoleaf’s starter kit gives you nine panels, plenty of linkers, and a smaller power supply unit than Aurora’s PSU. Placing them on walls are easy, just make sure it’s clean and dry so the adhesive sticks better. The app helps you figure out a pattern, I placed mine on my bed since I am in the process of moving when I got these, but I plan to purchase corner linkers so I can place mine on a corner. There is the control panel that has four buttons. (Power, Next Scene, Brightness Down, and Brightness Up), and that is a great feature so if you’re like me, and misplace my phone all the time, you can turn them on without your phone. They are also voice assistant compatible (Google/Amazon/Apple) so you can have your assistant turn them on or set a scene. Overall, I am so happy with this product, and plan on purchasing more expansion kits soon, and if you were happy with the Nanoleaf aurora, I think you’ll enjoy this as well!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Once painfully connected, work great

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    Bootleg89
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    My first impressions of these lights is that they are kind of heavy and have a high quality feel to them. They are packed in a nice neat package and don't have a lot of parts and wasteful packaging. It only has the 9 tiles stacked, the power cable, double sided tape, the connecting tabs, and a simple guidebook. I wanted to just try it out of the box so i grabbed the first 4 tiles and connected them together and plugged them in. They all lit up white and I got to work trying to connect. The instructions don't have anything other than how to mount on the wall and to download the app. The app was pretty straight forward but did not offer any specific details. It needs more polish as it is not very helpful. I had many error messages when trying to simply create an account. Then I tried to pair and it never found the device. It searched for several minutes without ever finding the lights. I powered off, back on, reset the app, nothing worked. Out of sheer frustration i dug through the box to see if there were better instructions on the bottom only to find out the "master" square was the 5th square in the box. The 5th, not the 1st. So I never knew to plug in the controller square as there are no instructions and the app doesn't tell you. You have to remove all squares to find the controller square. I guess if you are hooking up all 9 at first then you would find it and use it right away. But the frustration did not stop there. Then is asks to place the phone on the control tile and enter a code...what code? It does not mention it anywhere. The code is 8 digits and I found an 8 digit code randomly on the booklet cover, is this it? I on a whim I entered it and it gave me an error. I tried and tried again with no luck. I then took a step back, took a deep breath and tried again. It synced. Wow. It took me about a half hour to get it fully up and running. I actually almost gave up at some point. Now that it is running I really enjoy it actually. The app works the lights surprisingly smooth. Controlling the lights with the app is very fast and the lights respond well with almost lag. I was surprised how well it worked after all of the issues I had setting up. At least they got that right. It works very well and they light up with almost every color in the spectrum. They color shift, they dim, they bounce colors around, they are very very cool. They have a daylight mode, a reading light mode, and a standard mode. Then there are color modes and different color shift modes. I really enjoyed playing around with all of the settings. Overall these lights work fantastic, if setup was easier I would have given it 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Making Art with Light and Sound

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    Janine
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    Design your own interactive rhythm and light art canvas to create a functional, and unique, conversation piece. I really, really wanted to absolutely love the Nanoleaf Canvas - ‘Smarter by Design.’ And for the most part, I do. It is one of the most unusual, fun, and novel products I’ve ever owned. Please read on. The actual instruction booklet which came with the Smarter Kit, was lacking in any useful information. You have to rely on the ‘Nanoleaf Smarter Series’ app for pretty much everything. And this proved problematic, as some of the app’s reviewers have stated. I, too, experienced some of those same issues. Specifically with getting logged out while in the middle of the app’s firmware update, and then the ensuing frustrations trying to get logged back in. I would say, the app needs improvement. Still, the Nanoleaf is so much coolness! Really serious fun. Customizable Rhythm Mode turns your Nanoleaf Canvas into a ‘Music Visualizer’ as the light shapes react to touch, music, and a variety of sounds - including ambient room noises or your own voice. Mine even reacted to my dog barking! There’s literally ... well, I don’t know how many, but a whole heck of a lot ... of possible color palette and rhythm scene combinations you can create; along with a variety of pre-made ones to choose from. You can also customize the Nanoleaf Canvas squares by assigning ‘touch gestures’ to control power on/off, brightness, color and rhythm schemes. The Interactive ‘games’ available to play on the Nanoleaf was, far and away, to me, the most entertaining aspect of this quirky product. You can play ‘Whack a Mole’, ‘Simon’, ‘PacMan’, the ‘Game of Life’, and a ‘Memory Match’ game. So, it’s not just a pretty light decoration, but something kids (and young-at-heart adults) can enjoy, too. I found the brightness given off by the Nanoleaf light squares, to be more than adequate for a party atmosphere, setting a relaxing romantic mood, or to provide enough light in the room for TV viewing. Just be careful with the linkers, try not to snap or bend or shove them into the prescribed slots too roughly, as there are electronic sensors on them. You can buy flex linkers in order to further customize your Nanoleaf setup, but the Smarter Kit only comes with the straight ones. There are also mounting brackets you can buy to attach the light panels to the ceiling, if you really wanna get creative. I could definitely see myself recommending this fun and really cool interactive visual art accessory, if for no other reason than the unusual nature of what it is, but I do think for what you get in the ‘starter kit’ this Nanoleaf Canvas is slightly overpriced, especially if you are wanting to buy additional panels to supplement the base set.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not enough Panels

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    AKK1
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    Nanoleaf starter kit has great potential and it can create something very beautiful, but comes with a hefty price if you want to add to the starter kit. the Kit comes with 9 plastic panels and enough connectors and 3m stickers to install on a wall. the 9 panels are not enough to create anything, I went to try to create the letter K and this is the best I could do with the current panel quantity and the way the panels have the connectors on. each panel has 3 connectors to hook to other panels or to the power adapter which can be connected to any panel, and not necessarily to the main panel that has the power. setup is very easy and took less than 5 minutes including updating the firmware and hooking the nanoleaf to my wifi. nanoleaf can be controlled using Gogle assistant or Alexa or apple of any IFTTT protocol enabled device. the scene creation is easy and fun, the kids and the cats loved the changing themes when played with music. the panels are responsive to music which mean it has a high sensitivity mic. Nanoleaf say they dont record sounds but who knows! panels are also very responsive to touch and multi touch gestures. they can also be set to play specific scenes on a schedule that you can create and control using the app. you can also set nanoleaf to play soft or cool white light in a not very well lit room or use it as a night light. summary: Nanoleaf is a great addition to my home and it is definitely a conversation starter when you have people over. my cats are still amazed by it although its been a week so far. the problem is the price, if you want a decent amount of panels to create something nice, you will be spending hundreds if not close to thousands to create something special.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun product with small tweaks needed

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    GrizzlyD
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    I installed these in my daughters room and she absolutely loves it!! That being said, there are a few tweaks I would make to improve the installation experience. First, they go together very easy and have some strong sticky tape to hold them to the wall. They go up and stay quite easily. But it's when you get into the tech part of the install that things tend to go a bit sideways. I run a WiFi network with 5ghz band steering turned on. I was unable to pair the device with my WiFi until I turned off the band steering. Once I got it paired I was able to enable the band steering again. For whatever reason it simply wouldn't connect at all to the SSID until I did so. It's a minor annoyance that you have to create a special account for the Nanoleaf app. Another account to manage, but at the end of the day they want to be able to sell you more stuff so they need your email apparently. The device integrated quite easily with my Google Home setup and I was quickly able to call up verbal commands to turn it on/off, and change the patterns, etc. One small change I would make to the app would be to offer the verbal cues onscreen so you know what you can say to control it. This wasn't offered upon connection to Google Assistant and it left me having to Google what commands to use. The Nanoleaf ecosystem itself has additional patterns, rhythms, and some games you can download to the device to run. All of which can be activated using the verbal commands of Google Home. My biggest gripe is around the pricing. You quickly learn that 9 panels isn't enough to really build anything super cool. So then you begin looking at adding on. You can buy add-on packs of 4 panels for 80 bucks on avg. This is really costly imo...$20 a panel just seems a bit much. I've seen the starter pack priced variably to as much as half off the msrp. So you can get in the door cheaper, but adding on is where they stick you. My next biggest gripe is related to the power adapter. It's huge!! It makes life a little difficult in cramped situations and hiding it becomes an issue. It's not real aesthetically pleasing to have a cord dangling down your wall either, so it's really not all that spectacular unless you can find a way to run it through the wall or have enough panels that you can design something cool and still manage to hide the cord behind a piece of furniture. Overall it's a fun device and offers some pretty cool functionality. I do recommend the tech, but I'd almost hold out for a big sale or wait for the prices to drop, which they will eventually.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bright, Easy Setup, Entertaining

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    TechTux
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    I became curios about lighting for my movie room but wanted a low cost solution that would not break the bank. I came across these lights and decided to give them a try. I really enjoyed these lights, the squares are really bright, the pulse to the music was entertaining and setup was a breeze. Pros: Bright Easy Setup Low Power Usage Thin to make for easy / light placements Can be Operated by on-board control panel or phone app Cons: Linker is fragile, be very careful One corner of square does not allow connections Power cord is short ::Setup:: The installation and setup was a breeze, they provide sticky's that work well especially since the squares are a light plastic. The phone app allows for remote access which makes things great if you are installing at a high place in the house. ::Lights:: The lights are bright and colorful. I really enjoy watching them pulse to the music playing. There are multiple settings you can do with the lights including touch. I would recommend trying many different modes they offer ::App:: The app was easy to download , install and setup on the phone. It provides all the different light modes along with recommended ways to setup the blocks. You are also able to download new light patterns that others made. Overall this was a fun cheap lighting system full of colors to enjoy in my game room. I would recommend this product for anyone wanting to start using lighting for decorations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Lights to Live up your Home

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    Wishkid
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    These Nanoleaf Canvas lights are very cool addition to live up your room. These small squares are bright with vivid colors they are easy to setup and look beautiful. What makes this light really cool is how they can react to the touch, music or actually any sound. In the box it comes with 9 square lights, link tabs, power supply, instruction manual, and the double side tapes. Setting them up is pretty easy, I think the hard thing will be choosing the right layout and that’s because they have to be taped to the wall. At the beginning you can make rearrangement and they come off easy but in the long term I doubt it, the good thing double side tape is easy to get. In the instruction manual they have few layouts you can choose from but using the app will be much useful, or you can try your own creation. One good advice is to think ahead, because this kit only come with 9 tiles so you kind of limited, but you can start by creating something that you can continue to add in the future without having to take them off and rearrange. You can control the lights with the main square tile that is connected to the power or you can use the app which it has most of the features to make the best out of the lights. The Canvas also work with Google home, Apple Homekit and Alexa so you can control them with your voice as well. I was surprised to find out that you can also play game such as “whack a mole” and others, I don’t see my self doing this but I have to keep my kids away from them now. These lights are pretty bright and will be hard not to notice them even in bright rooms. One thing that kind of bummed me was the fact that each tile is limited to 1 color at a time, I wish they could display multiple colors in a tile like the LIFX Tiles. Another great thing about these panel is they are not very thick so they will not protrude much from the wall making a clean look. Now days smart lighting has become a thing, and these beautiful smart lights will be great addition to any home, office, or gaming rooms. Overall if you plan to decorate your walls with lights the Canvas smart kit is a way to start, one thing to keep in mind is that adding more panels will get quite expensive overtime besides that I am very happy with them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool but, feels like a toy

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    Clshipp91
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    I've never had a light fixture quite like the nanoleaf and honestly I'm not even really sure a light fixture is the right word to describe what this is. The Nanoleaf is a very cool way to display cool colors and music bad light shows. The colors look good and the music based effects work really well. I'm the box you get 8 panels, a master panel, connectors to link them all up, and adhesive to stick them to the wall. Setup is really easy. The connectors just snap in and you sick the panels to the wall in any pattern. Ravi square has a slot on each side, giving you a lot of options how you can set these up. The whole process is pretty easy and once you plug everything in you're good to go. You can control the lights from buttons on the matter panel or a companion app. The buttons are way too use but, the app gives you a lot more options to set the colors of the panels to any color you can think of. Once you get them at up the colors look really nice but, other than a teenagers gaming station, I really can't think of another place where these would look good. The package shows off entire walks filled with the things and accent pieces in homes but, in reality the light tiles look to much like yours for me to ever imagine using the as true light fixtures in a home. They are way more plasticy than most light fixtures you'd get from a hardware store. Not to mention that is you wanted to fill an entire wall with these things, you're looking at spending thousands of dollars. I'd imagine there would be an industrial product that could accomplish the same goal for the same price and look a bit more refined. This all could just be my style preferences though. They also don't put off a ton of light. So if you're expecting to replace ceiling lights, you're going to be disappointed because, that's not what these were intended to do. Overall, they really are a cool product if you have a space where they would fit. I could definitely see a kids room or gamer station making great use of these. It seems like a step closer to a scifi type style than anything I've seen and for you that may be exactly what you're looking for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Coolest, Versitile Smart Light I've used

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    MadSquabbles
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    I'm stunned by how much I like these light panels! I have other smart lights around the house but most are used just to turn on/turn off via google or alexa - when did we become so lazy we can't walk to a light switch, lol. The Nanoleaf just takes what those lights do and kicks it up a notch. Instead of installing into a light fixture, these go directly on you wall. It comes with command strips, but I feel they'd be a little tough to remove since the tabs are hidden behind the panel. Careful placement and tweezers might help, but I decided to grab a few packs of the plastic snap together command strips - I had actually suggest we use them at work for sign installation a few years back - and I think these will help better with accidentally ripping the paint off you wall. Basically stick and go and you're ready to use it or you can download the app to tweak light settings, schedule scenes like sunrise/sunset etc. Everything about these Nanoleaf Canvas lights are just wonderful! They get bright enough for me to light up a 400 sq ft room to comfortable levels ( I don't like tons of light; I'm the guy who barely has his phone at 30% indoors). Originally this going to be "active" ambient lighting for the TV in the bedroom but my daughter (a colored light fanatic) talked me into placing them in her room. Two days of planning the pattern she wanted and she ended up with a simple 5 top, 4 bottom pattern... two days to think of this??? Her favorite mode is audio mode. It's like a party is going on in her room! Lights just flashing and changing to the beat. You can use either the app or touch the panel to change modes. You can probably go without ever using the app, but if you want customization you'll need it. And now she wants more panels. I don't think there are any other lights that can match the functionality that the Nanoleafs (Nanoleaves??) can so I'm gonna have to eventually spring for another set. These lights are pretty amazing and I'm so tempted to get that set for the ambient TV light still. The Nanoleafs are more that just lights, they're actual works of art!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just what the RETRO Doctor ordered!!

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    Fordman9870
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    I plan to use these on my new custom arcade cabinet as a back light, to add the old school arcade feel to my Man cave. The cheap led strips I had purchased for it just wasn’t bright enough or doing the trick. In the box you receive 9 square panels that can be connected via a “Linker “in varying configurations. The Flex linkers can even be bent 90 degrees for corners and twisted up to 30 degrees. (Purchased separately) I did a test run on my table and tried a few different configurations before attaching them to my cabinet. They attach using a strong bonding tape. NOTE the tape doesn’t hold very well on porous surfaces (they tell you this in the instructions) But they have designed and are to start selling wall mounts that the squares will snap in to once the mounts are screwed into the wall. After setting up what I though was the best configuration for overall back lighting. I downloaded the app and installed it to my android and connected via Bluetooth. The app has 5 basic settings for colors. Basic (which has warm reading and daylight), Color (8 preset light rhythms), Rhythm (7 sound activated rhythms) Interactive (games or colors that react to touching the tiles), Group (which let you custom or DL your own favorites). Since I am using them for the arcade I chose a Disco setting with multiple sound activated colors (up to 16 million colors). It looks very cool especially in low light settings for my cave. I wish they gave you a few more tiles in the starter kit but the include 9 is a great point to start, hence my 4 star review. There are unlimited uses for the tiles, such as back lighting, mood lighting, single source, or even hooked up with your favorite voice assistant like Google or Alexa. I love the lights and the ability to customize it exactly as I want. More kits will be ordered for my kids who have tried to bribe me for my set. I would recommend them for friends and family.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Vivid colors but lack fully custom color scenes.

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    BeingHonest
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    Pro: -simple setup -vivid colors -Alexa integration Con: -limited configuration -lack full customization for lighting schemes -power brick is big and needs a lot of space from the outlet The Nanoleaf Canvas is simple and produce vivid lighting effects. It really adds a conversation piece to my living room. The setup is easy, done by connecting each square with a small linking tab near each of the corners. I used mounting putty rather than the included 3M mounting tape so that I can move them around. The main drawback is that because of where the links are located, your design is somewhat limited. Sometimes the tabs doesn’t line up where you want them to and you can’t have any space between each square. You can just use the controls on the main square to cycle through color schemes, but all the advanced settings are in the app, which will require you to make an account. With the app you can create dynamic moving colors, rhythm based, or interactive scenes. However the options are somewhat basic. I was hoping to be able to create a fully customizable color scheme, layering color and movement square by square, much like a full RGB gaming keyboard. Feels like a missed opportunity. You can also download what other people have created. The Alexa and Google integration is really nice to have. With the Alexa app, you’re limited to changing the basic color under devices option, but you can create a scene in the Nanoleaf app and command Alexa to switch scenes. I’ve set up routines to switch scenes when I turn on Netflix or my gaming consoles. If you want a hi-tech flashy statement on your wall, then this is a good choice. I prefer the squares over the triangles as you can make a wider configuration with fewer pieces. I hope they add more customization options later on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very cool

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    BarbM
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    The Nanoleaf Canvas panels are very cool. The app is easy to download by scanning the code on the booklet. Once downloaded it's easy to find guidance on patterns with layout assistant, setup, and connections. There is also a website with setup videos. Once I figured out the pattern I wanted and where I wanted to place it, it was much easier to put up than I thought it would be. Keys to placement are available outlet, where you want the power panel to be, making sure each panel has a connection point to another panel and starting out level. I found it easy to make a cut out of paper the size of a panel and taping to wall to check for placement and leveling before placing the first panel. There are so many options for layouts. I checked the first panel for power before taping in place, and as I continued, each panel lit up as they were placed. I had no problem with any panel lighting up. Once I had all 9 panels placed, I set about connecting to wifi, which was easy following setup in app. The app also showed an update available, so that was my next step. Being connected and updated, I went to work connecting to Google Home. As always it was an easy setup. Now I have it playing with my music from a speaker in another room and it's working awesome. I will later setup scenes. I played around with touch response while setting up and it works great. Another great thing about these panels is that they are put up with tape. No holes in the wall and they are easy to remove in case I want to change the layout or put in another room someday. Replacement tape is easy to find. I love these panels, they are VERY COOL.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great New Light Addition

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    zero325
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    I’m no newcomer to smart lighting, but the Nanoleaf Canvas is something different. The idea itself is fantastic and I love the idea. Not to mention, the execution is almost perfect. The colors are great, and the touch controls are slick. The built-in mic for sound response is a cool idea but I really wish I could somehow tie it in with my headphones too. Cons: • You’ll want 30 of these, you’ll get 9. Expansion tiles are expensive, and you’ll find yourself just falling a little short of a satisfying pattern with the included 9. • Unless you’re incredibly creative, you’ll wish there was a way to generate or suggest patterns based on the number of tiles you have Pros: • Google/Alexa integration is great and definitely needed for any smart home • The colors are bright and bold • Looks awesome! • Touch controls are easy and are helpful • Easy to hang – don’t forget to order some additional adhesive strips or pick up some small command strips in case you find yourself needing to make changes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Feels unfinished

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    Mer4343
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    Novel idea. Novelty item. It feels like a kickstarter project that still isn’t quite ready for prime time. Tiles are sturdy and well made. But the little flimsy linkers that connect them are afterthoughts. Easily bendable (a bad thing) and will snap right in two if you mistakenly put pressure on one. My biggest complaint is the “mounting”. Basically using this product on the wall means putting 27 pieces of tape on your wall. 27! And lining the squares up just right and knowing where they hook together with the flimsy linkers. Not a friendly design. The lights are neat. Not rock your world amazing, but neat. You can roll through scenes and touch a tile to change its color. Set schedules for sunset and sunrise scenes, use as reading lights, create ambience, etc. But the construction is disappointing at best. I was thinking these would be fun for a kid’s room, after playing with them, I think maybe for an older kid, definitely not a little one. Those tiles would be ripped right down, linkers snapped. I’m taking my set to the office as a novelty item. My geeky coworkers will appreciate it, but I cannot recommend. Especially for the money, I’d wait until they bake this a little longer.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    cool idea

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    ravedave
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    I have seen these for a while and been wanting to try them, so I jumped at the chance. The online pics make it all look so cool. This is a starter set with 9 panels. These just snap together and use adhesive to attach to the wall. You are going to use the 2.4 band on your router with everything else. With only 9 panels and only 1 set of adhesive stickers you need to map out where you want these to go. The colors were pretty decent, I decided not to go with the touch features since I kinda messed up the adhesive moving it around. 9 panels is SUPER limiting and at $20/panel for more that adds up fast. also, I don't think these are compatible with the triangle lights. i got these to connect to my smart home but never got them to work right. if you remember this is a starter pack that is limited to 9 smaller panels, then you set yourself up better. buy some 2 sided tape for temporary placement to see how you like it. they really need to add more panels to the starter pack, maybe the price of the expansion per panel will come down. the 2.4 band is so crowded, consider a multi band usage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Lighting Solution

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    ViperElectric
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    These panels are really great for lighting small spaces. Setup was super simple, just download the app and follow the instructions and everything worked out great. The amount of light these put off is very good for there size, and when you have 9 of them close to each other it's bright enough that it can light a small room with no issues. My only real complaints are I wish the power cable for the device was not a proprietary cable a USB connection for power would have been nice, but I guess they just want to use the same connectors that are used to link the panels together. As far as linking panels together, make sure you plan out where you want everything to go so that all the panels are rotated in a direction that works for connecting them as the connections are not the same on each side. My only other real issue is that once you get everything laid out mounting them on the wall and trying to connect them can be a little difficult because the small connector board has to be lined up just right for the panels to link together. Otherwise, these are a great accent piece or just great light in general.

    I would recommend this to a friend