After a five-year run, Nanoleaf says it’s lastly transferring on from its first, aptly named Light Panels, though it’s pledging to help the triangular-shaped lighting panels for the foreseeable future.
In a press launch, Nanoleaf announced that it’s “saying goodbye” to the Gentle Panels, which made their debut again in 2016 because the Nanoleaf Aurora.
Nanoleaf’s substitute for the now-discontinued Gentle Panels, the Shapes line, first arrived in 2020.
Nanoleaf guarantees that the Gentle Panels will proceed to be supported within the Nanoleaf app “perpetually,” including that you simply’ll be capable of management them in group scenes with present and future Nanoleaf lights.
As for guarantee protection, Nanoleaf says customers may be lined as late as December 31, 2023 relying on the time of buy.
The corporate can also be promoting expansion packs and accessories for the Light Panels at reductions as much as 50-percent off, however solely so long as provides final.
The unique Gentle Panels made a splash once they first arrived again in 2016 with their modular design and talent to sync with music and PC shows, they usually quickly grew to become de rigueur for Twitch streamers seeking to jazz up their gaming rooms.
In our overview, we called Light Panels the “final dialog piece” that “makes up for” its “lack in utility” in its “pure enjoyment,” though we dinged the “free” connectors that maintain the panels collectively.
Nanoleaf adopted up on the Gentle Panels a yr later with the square-shaped Canvas line, which added touch-sensitive panels that allow you to regulate the lights, management sensible residence gadgets, and even play video games, all by tapping or swiping the squares.
Nanoleaf’s Shapes line, which arrived on the scene in 2020 and at the moment are obtainable in Hexagon, Triangle, and Mini-Triangle flavors, changed the flimsy connectors on the unique Gentle Panels and Canvas panels with sturdier snap-on variations, whereas new detachable mounting plates made the panels simpler to take away from a wall.
Shapes additionally allow you to combine and match otherwise formed panels within the Shapes line, versus the incompatible Gentle Panels and Canvas panels.
In addition to their new design parts, the Shapes mild panels include controllers that boast built-in Thread border routers that join Nanoleaf’s Thread-enabled Necessities lights (and eventually other Thread-enabled HomeKit devices) to the web.
Updated shortly after publication with a correction: The Nanoleaf Gentle Panels debuted in 2016, not 2017.
Ben has been writing about know-how and client electronics for greater than 20 years. A PCWorld contributor since 2014, Ben joined TechHive in 2019, the place he covers sensible audio system, soundbars, and different sensible and home-theater gadgets.