Smart lighting for the nerd set

You’re going to put that in your office, aren’t you?” So quoth my beloved when I assembled and fired up the Nanoleaf Aurora lighting system in our living room. I understood her point. As lighting solutions go, the Nanoleaf Aurora isn’t exactly subtle in design and in operation as colors flow and change across the various panels it can be a little, well, dominating. That said, speaking as a card-carrying nerd, I love it! Check it out:

As you can see, the Nanoleaf Aurora could be part of the set of “Lost in Space”, so unless your house looks like something from the Jetsons, you may find you have a stylistic conflict (and possibly significant other conflict) to deal with. 

The starter kit consists of a set of nine lightweight, equilateral triangles (each side is 24cm long) that lock together with a controller module attached to any one of the connected panels. Here’s the specs:

  • Luminous Flux: 100 Lm (per panel)
  • Color Temperature: 1200K – 6500K
  • Max Power per Panel: 2W
  • Max Power Supply Power: 60W
  • Max Panels per PSU: 30
  • Dimmable: Yes (via App or Voice Control)
  • Control Framework: Apple HomeKit, Android, Amazon Alexa
  • Color Rendering Index (CRI): 80
  • Power Factor: 0.7
  • Voltage: 100vac – 240vac (universal)
  • Color Channel Configuration: RGBW
  • Communication Protocol: WiFi (2.4GHz b/g)
  • Lifetime: 25,000 Hours
  • Max Colors: 16.7 million

With all nine panels on at full brightness the light output is roughly equivalent to an 80-Watt incandescent bulb for just 18 Watts. Setting up the Nanoleaf Aurora is really easy:

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