The Nanoleaf Aurora is as much a minimalist, modern art installation as it is a lighting fixture. It is outfitted with color-changing triangular LED panels that are so lightweight, Nanoleaf promises you will be able to mount them with simple double-sided tape. You’ll be able to create custom lighting and rhythm programs using an iOS application (and an Android app) so you can experiment with design right in your home! If you into voice control of your lighting, Nanoleaf says that the Aurora will support Apple HomeKit, which means it will be controllable by Siri! Excellent.
I believe that voice control is superior for everyday control of our home automation devices, so I count support for Siri to be a real plus. I’m waiting to hear if they will also be supporting Amazon’s Echo, which I really like, and am currently reviewing (4/2016).
I got to see the Aurora at CES in January – and we have a short video of it in action for you below. The coolest thing about the Aurora (whose starter kit is likely to be priced somewhere around $199 for something around 6-9 panels… Price not set yet) is that you can decide how many panels you want total (above and beyond the starter kit) and how you want to put them together. The controller will handle, I believe, up to 30 panels at once, and if you’ve got more than 30 of these triangular sections together, you can always get a second controller. This is pretty much typical of other similar ZigBee-powered products like Philips Hue lights.
Certainly the Aurora is anything but ordinary. The patterns they were doing at CES were very cool (many colors, rapidly changing), but in the real world you’re more likely to be running much slower color changes, sticking to a cohesive color palette, or even selecting colors that correspond to a particular time of day or night. Ultimately: it’ll your own creativity deciding what kind of scenes you wish to set.
I’m very excited and looking forward to bringing in some Auroras and installing them somewhere in the Dream Home – probably in the living room – and seeing what we can do with them. And of course, when that happens, a full review will follow. I’m already visualizing my very own “art installation” (remember, I am “Art”, after all is said and done). My fingers are crossed that Nanoleaf will provide me something in the ballpark of 20 or so panels for the full review, so I explore more than just the basic possibilities.
The Nanoleaf Aurora, which originally been slated for a late spring 2016 release, seems to be more on track to hit the market in the late summer or in the fall, nothing particularly So, we all may still need to wait a while to get our hands on some. With luck, I’ll be able to score some pre-production Aurora, so that I can have a review published right around the time of first shipments. For those interested, you can currently request to receive an exclusive invitation to pre-order one on Nanoleaf’s website.
The Aurora is certainly as unique a lighting product as I saw at CES, and I expect when I hook up with Nanoleaf again at the LightFair expo and conference in San Diego end of this month (April 2016), I figure it will again be one of the most interesting new things in lighting. At the show I hope to be able to get an update on when first deliveries will be, and perhaps a better idea of pricing.