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Available Exclusively in Apple Stores Worldwide as the First-Ever Consumer Smart Lighting to Work with Thread and HomePod Mini
TORONTO – November 10, 2020 – Nanoleaf, the industry leader in smart lighting, today announces the launch of Essentials with the Smart Colour Changing LED Bulb and LED Lightstrip. Following the massive success of Nanoleaf’s modular light panels, Nanoleaf is now releasing the new line of smart bulbs and lightstrips with vivid whites and rich colours that provide the best lighting options available for essential day-to-day activities. The new Essentials are one of the first Thread-based accessories to support Apple HomeKit and the new Thread-enabled HomePod mini.
The latest innovation from Nanoleaf is making smart lighting more accessible than ever, without compromising the quality users know and love from the brand. Lighting that allows you to be both comforted and productive is essential as we transition to spending even more time indoors than ever before. Essentials enables the most optimal lighting for every day – whether that’s working from home, relaxing before bed or setting the ambiance for a special night with loved ones.
The Bulb and Lightstrip have a built-in Circadian Lighting feature that allows the lights to automatically adjust colour temperature throughout the day to complement natural daylight, setting the perfect ambiance for any time of day. With the brightest white lighting available within the smart lighting category, Essentials is ideal for daily lighting needs. Users can even set custom timing to help adjust lighting to irregular schedules unique to them.
Launching into Apple stores worldwide, the Essentials are the first-ever consumer smart lighting to work with Thread* (accessible with the HomePod Mini), an upgraded alternative to Bluetooth. Thread is a new mesh networking technology that offers improved connectivity for the fastest and most reliable connection possible. While the Essentials line can also run on a standard Bluetooth connection, enabling Thread not only offers enhanced reliability, but will also let users access additional smart features and planned updates including Colour Scenes, Screen Mirror, Rhythm Music Sync and custom Schedules. Thread technology is currently exclusively available with Essentials and HomePod Mini. As this technology continues to emerge, even more upcoming Thread enabled devices will work together with your Nanoleaf Essentials to create the ultimate seamless smart home experience.
“As we continue to push the boundaries of what smart lighting can do, Essentials was the natural next step to ensure we’re meeting all the smart lighting needs of consumers, especially for everyday lighting now that we’re spending more time at home than ever before,” said Gimmy Chu, CEO and co-founder of Nanoleaf. “We’ve focused on Thread to make smart lighting more reliable and accessible to everyone. The Essentials embodies Nanoleaf commitment to creating forward-thinking future-proof products for everyday. We truly believe this is a bulb ahead of its time.”
With the widest max brightness range on the market, the Essentials Bulb provides the brightest white lighting at all colour temperatures (2,700-6,500K), illuminating an average brightness of 806 lumens and max brightness of 1,100 lumens. The Bulb itself also doubles as an art piece with its unique Rhombicosidodecahedron shape that can hold it’s own, even without a shade.
The Lightstrip is also specially designed with four white LEDs per LED set – two warm and two cool – to achieve the best lighting for your daily needs, and outfitted with 21 LED sets per metre. With an 80-inch length and expansions available at 40 inches, each Lightstrip is easily cuttable for users to customise to their own space, with the option to extend length up to 10 metres while still ensuring optimal brightness (between 2,000-2,200 lumens).
Essentials is a seamless introduction to smart lighting for a more connected world. Its unique multi-faceted bulb design and the purest colour performance creates a stunning illumination in any room. High brightness and endless colours take your space from professional to relaxed, all customizable to you. Plus, without the need of an extra hub or bridge, Essentials offers the most seamless everyday smart lighting for your space. Controllable with the Nanoleaf App, Home App and Google Assistant (users can also use Seamless Setup), the Lightstrip also includes a physical controller for ease of use.
*Requires a border router (i.e. HomePod Mini. More Thread enabled devices coming soon)