Nanoleaf Light Panels Bring a Dash of Colour to Your Setup
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 04:08pm 06/07/18 | Comments
RGB lighting taken to its natural conclusion, thanks to Nanoleaf Light Panels. Basically the end-game final raid boss when it comes to RGB.
It took several years, perhaps even decades, but the home computer setup built for gaming has finally reached the point where no matter the piece of kit or peripheral, aesthetics matter. And thanks to the rise of RGB LED lighting, that aesthetic can be any colour you want. A few months ago, we joked around in an article to play up the saturation of RGB across everything from memory to fans to keyboards and graphics cards. We posed the question, “What’s next RGB in your desk chair?” To which a reader keenly pointed out that yeah, that exists too.
When it comes to Nanoleaf Light Panels, the design didn’t come about purely from the perspective of PC gaming – that naturally came about later. These lightweight panels, which can be arranged in a modular fashion to suit your setup take only moments to setup and sync with both your network and smart phone to add mood lighting or stylish chic to any room. From the calming warm glow of amber hues to the cool white winter lights that simulate snow. With variable brightness and low power use Nanoleaf Light Panels aren’t essential – but they add personality to just about any living space.
Nanoleaf Light Panels (Rhythm) Features
Integrated audio sensor detects and syncs the light panels to music in real-time
Watch the light react to music, games, movies, voice and other sounds
Nanoleaf Modular Panels snap together like LEGO pieces
Apple Homekit Certified, Apps for iOS & Android
Download and customise Rhythm Scenes (preset animations) within the app
Control light panels using the app, your voice or the physical button
Voice Control works with Siri, Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant
Open API + SDK to create your own Rhythm Scene from scratch
Colour changing (16.7 million colours) and tunable white
Quick & easy 'no hassle’ installation
WiFi control, no hub or bridge needed
When our set arrived a few months back naturally we decided to set them up on the wall behind our gaming rig. Again, as they weren’t designed for gaming specifically – thankfully the recent integration with Razer Chroma or Cooler Master software meant that light and colour could match what’s happening on screen - or across a wide range of peripherals. The effect is hard to capture on a phone, but below you can get a sense of the ambiance that comes with playing Nanoleaf-powered Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection and Frostpunk.
As mentioned above, brightness can be raised or lowered thanks to a handy smartphone app, so the effect can be taken down several notches from “insanely awesome home disco” to “subtle slightly glowing background wall feature”. Perhaps the most immediately impressive feature of the Nanoleaf Light Panels is the Rhythm sound module which essentially has each panel light up in succession according to audio. Which when it comes to music plays into the home disco feel that make these perfect for any house party while also adding an old school visualizer touch when gaming.
Purchasable across various bundles, the version we received was the Nanoleaf Rhythm Smarter Kit that comes with the audio sensor and 9 panels. Available at various retailers, the kit can be purchased for roughly $349 AUD. Marketed for the modern smart house, the stylish Nanoleaf Light Panels are at home on display at either the Apple Store or as part of a modern gaming setup. With WiFi, iOS and Android integration, and extensions for both Razer Chroma and Cooler Master RGB control software – the only real downside is that you don’t really get any dedicated PC software to control the panels. Not a major issue, it just means you’ll need your smart phone handy for all adjustments.
Whether or not the kit is for you, will come down to your initial impressions. If seeing the various setups and then learning that installation is quick and easy doesn’t immediately grab you, then this sort of light-powered aesthetic probably isn’t for you. But if that’s the case, we’re not sure why you’d want to resist having your gaming setup look like it belongs in a Blade Runner meets Cyberpunk 2077 world.