Nanoleaf Essentials Bluetooth Thread & WiFi Smart RGBCW 16M+ Color LED Cuttable Lightstrip 80″ (2M) Starter Kit with Remote9.3/10 (Expert Score)
Nanoleaf Essentials Bluetooth Thread & WiFi Smart RGBCW 16M+ Color LED Cuttable Lightstrip 80" (2M) Starter Kit with Remote
- 11 REVIEWS LIGHT STRIP
- 20 REVIEWS LIGHTS
- 9 REVIEWS BRIGHT
- 4 REVIEWS CUT
- 11 REVIEWS HOMEKIT
- 7 REVIEWS APP
- 6 REVIEWS APPLE
- 4 REVIEWS HOMEPOD
- 3 REVIEWS HUE
- 6 REVIEWS FEATURES
- 5 REVIEWS DEVICE
- 4 REVIEWS OPTION
- 4 REVIEWS SMART
- 5 REVIEWS INSTALL
- 5 REVIEWS LEDS
- 4 REVIEWS REMOVE
- 12 REVIEWS STRIPS
Fully immerse yourself in the world of colors with over 16M colors in their most vibrant tones
Top Positive Review
I bought this to put up in my nephews room. It was a bit expensive for the purpose we were using it for, however it looks great. The product says to not use more then 10 meters, otherwise it will not be as bright. I didn??t find that to be the case. We used 14 meters and as far as I can tell, it??s still as bright as it was at 10 meters. I have my nitpick issues with it such as it not being addressable, not being able to react to sounds and the lengths that it can be cut down to being too long. Also I had to buy some third party products (command clips and wires) to make it work better. However it is very bright, the colors are vibrant, if you have a thread router it is very responsive, it works very well with Apple HomeKit, the app itself has some great features. The fact that it is thread enabled was the original reason I went with Nanoleaf. After getting it, I will be more likely to buy their products.
Top Critical Review
Joining this to my Homekit home was a breeze. The lights seem to work well, and respond well to Siri commands. However, there are just too many obstacles to use this for under kitchen cabinet lighting.
First is the silicone (?) sheath the strip comes in. This was going in my kitchen, where heat, steam and cooking oil are big problems for adhesion. The sheath precludes using those screw-in clip mounts unless you cut it away, which is time consuming. The sheath also makes it difficult to cut the strip to expose the contacts so you can change directions or skip a cabinet “seam”.
Speaking of changing directions or cutting to size, that’s not really an option with these. When you cut the strip on the solder joints, and finally get the silicone sheath cleared away, there are big blobs of solder left over on the join pads, that prevent you from using any sort of wire clip or harness unless you have a soldering iron and desoldering wick. I do, and did that, but that’s more cumbersome precision work that will burn up more install time.
Finally, the “starting point” of the strip is a 6 pin male connector that is just not quite the same size as “standard”, and that’s what connects to the power and control module (via a 4-6″ cable). So if you’ve ordered a LED strip connector kit to go along with this, those male-male connectors are useless. This also means that the point where you want the LEDs to start needs to be about 4-6″ max from the point where you’re going to mount the control module.
Finally, it doesn’t seem that there’s any sort of Nanoleaf-recommended connector kit for these things. They are just enough different from other stuff that your standard 6 pin connector kit isn’t going to work all that well. You might get some parts to work with some effort, though.
I think these would be great for you if you want one continuous strip (cutting to terminate it is pretty painless), AND your desired LED start point is close enough to the outlet AND you have a spot in mind to put the control module that’s within reach of that 4-6″ cable that connects the strip to the module. If your intended use doesn’t follow this plan, I would not recommend these.
Customer Questions & Answers
Will this work as outside lighting? I live in a windy and wet area. If this is strictly for indoor lighting then I’ll continue looking.
Answer: I doubt the strip is rated for outdoor use, and the power supply certainly isn??t. That said, the strip itself is essentially inside a plastic tube, so as long as you protect the connections on each end, the strip should do OK for moisture. The power supply will need to be inside or a sealed weatherproof housing.
Does the controller keep the same color if the power is turned off and back on? (I want to plug this into an outlet I control with a light switch).
Answer: Yes it does. I??ve unplugged mine before and it stays the same
Are the strips re-stickable or are they are permanent?
Answer: The strips are permanent. They are in fact very sticky, which helped them grip well on the bottom of wood cabinets.
What??s inside the box specific???
Answer: The power and control block, as well as the 2 meter light strip, which can be control via an App on your phone. There??s also a community of scene builders online where you can browse and freely download/use their constructed scenes of light changes.
Can you use scenes on this light strip? Or is it just one static color? I would like to sync this strip to my nanoleafs
Answer: The Nanoleaf app supports scenes across multiple devices. I have done this across two light strips, though I can??t check with the panels.
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