Review: Nanoleaf Canvas Light Panels Offer Unlimited Creativity

Nanoleaf sent me their Canvas Smarter light panels ($249.99) and as soon as I set it up, my colleagues couldn't keep their hands off of it. So what is this Canvas and why do people find it irresistable? They are square plastic panels that you mount on the wall using the included command strip style tape. You connect them to each other using special connector strips and then connect one panel to the wall outlet. They are programmable lights that can display colors or patterns of your choice, using the app. You can also make the panels respond to music or to touch, as a game similar to Simon. It's a lot of fun!

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The Canvas lights can be configured using Nanoleaf's free companion app and they also work with HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. You can add a lot of tiles together, to completely cover your wall, but I imagine it can get expensive as you add panel kits. Nanoleaf sells triangular versions but they are not interchangeable with other size Nanoleaf tiles so order the right ones for your needs.

Pros

  • Infinite applications
  • Touch sensitive
  • Responds to music, if desired
  • Works with HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT
  • Lots of fun!

Cons

  • Can get expensive as you add panel kits
  • Not interchangeable with other size Nanoleaf tiles

Final Verdict

If you want a unique wall design, check out the Canvas Smarter Kit light panels from Nanoleaf.

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