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Nanoleaf Lines review: What can the chic lighting do?

Nanoleaf Lines cover photo
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Some time ago the company Nanoleaf, known for its lighting, introduced the Lines. I found out for you what they have to offer and whether they are worth buying.

Nanoleaf is best known for its light panels that serve as decoration on the wall. The lines are no longer light panels, but strips that indirectly illuminate the wall. You can read below whether they convinced me review and whether they are worth it.

tl; dr

Overall, I really liked the Nanoleaf Lines. The design and workmanship are at a high level. The structure was well explained and not really complicated, which speaks for the purchase. The brightness of the LEDs is more than sufficient and is always automatically adjusted thanks to the ambient light sensor. Another reason to buy the Lines is the lighting effects and scenes that you can manage using the Nanoleaf app. This is generally well implemented, but I often had this happen Proproblem that it hung up and had to be restarted. The high price of around 160 to 180 euros for the set of 9 is probably the only point of criticism about the lines. However, I can still highly recommend the Lines to anyone who is looking for really stylish ambient lighting with lots of features and an extremely good smart home connection.

Unboxing & scope of delivery

The Nanoleaf Lines come in simple, white packaging with a large picture of them. When you open the box, you immediately notice how little plastic was used in packaging. Almost everything is made of cardboard, which I quite liked. In addition to the lines themselves and the usual paperwork, several connections as well as a controller connection and a power supply are included. Depending on the set you purchase, there may be some differences, which mainly relate to the number of items included in the scope of delivery.

Nanoleaf Lines scope of delivery

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Construction & furnishings

After unboxing the lines, you should first think about where you want to put them and how you will arrange them. Using the Nanoleaf app, the user can view many prefabricated arrangements to get inspiration or create their own. If the user then wants to create their own design, they can do this in the app and then view it at the selected location using their smartphone and its camera. Once the design is finalized, it is recommended to first assemble the lines the way they are supposed to be on the wall and only then stick them on.

The assembly is pretty simple. You simply take a connector, first clip the lines in and then clip the cover onto it. A connector serves as a controller and must be connected to the power supply, which is why you should remember to install it in the appropriate location. Finally, you simply have to peel off the foil from the adhesive patches and stick the lines to the wall. To ensure the best hold, Nanoleaf recommends that you briefly apply pressure to the connectors, which will allow the adhesive to solidify better. It's also worth mentioning here that the lines on my structured rough plaster wall also work without it Proproblems remained. But if you want to be on the safe side, there is also the option of screwing the connectors to the wall if you have a structured wall. Once the lines are on the wall, you simply use the Nanoleaf app again and set them up using it.

Design, workmanship & optics

The design of the lines is quite futuristic and I really like it. They are made almost entirely of matt, white plastic and are therefore quite light. This has the big advantage that there is not too much weight hanging on the adhesives and therefore they hold really well on the wall. The unit for the physical control of the lines has been integrated quite neatly into the controller connector, which really benefits the design as it hardly differs visually from the others.

Each line has two lighting zones that can be controlled separately, which can create really cool effects. The built-in LEDs are nice and bright and can display an extremely large color space. I would describe the color reproduction as rich and vibrant, what the Product fits. But if you just want to use the lines as a reading light or something similar, there are specific white LEDs that can display many shades of white, which I really liked. I also found it pretty cool that the lines can automatically adjust their brightness thanks to the built-in ambient light sensor.

Operation, Nanoleaf app & Smart Home

There are several ways to operate the Nanoleaf Lines. One of them is operation via the controller on the plug connection. This has a button for switching on and off and six more for controlling the lighting effects and brightness. You can also switch through the scenes that you have saved.

Nanoleaf Lines Controller

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Another way to operate the lines is the Nanoleaf app. This gives you full access to all functions of the lines. This includes, for example, the creation of your own scenes, group scenes or schedules. The lines can also be connected to Sync+ and a Nanoleaf 4D via the app, for example to achieve a better color effect across the entire room when watching TV. Overall I liked the app, but I often had this ProThe problem is that the app hangs briefly and you have to restart it.

Of course the lines, like all the others, are Nanoleaf Proproducts, compatible with all major smart home systems, even Apple HomeKit. Thanks to thread support, control via my HomePod always worked proproblem-free. I think it's a shame that there is currently no support for the Matter standard, even though the lines have thread. It is questionable whether Nanoleaf will deliver this via an update.

Prices & Availability

The starter set I tested consists of 9 lines in white and has an RRP of 199,99 euros. Admittedly, this is a pretty steep price for ambient lighting, but you can often find the Lines on sale for 40 to 50 euros less. That's still a lot of money, but I think it's still worth buying because the overall package is just right. In addition to the set of 9, there is also a set with 15 lines, which costs around 80 euros more. An expansion kit with 3 lines is also available for around 50 euros if you want to expand your set. You can buy the lines at all common electronics stores such as Amazon, Cyberport or even Nanoleaf itself.

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Jonas Wilhelm

Jonas lives near Ingolstadt and has been with us for over a year TechnikNews. He regularly writes test reports and news for the site. In his free time, he likes to find out about the latest technology when he's not listening to music too loudly or watching series. He also often meets up with his friends and enjoys cooking.

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