White Christ­mas: Less is of­ten more, and th­ese sim­ple dec­o­ra­tions cer­tainly add a mag­i­cal al­lure Nanoleaf Can­vas

The Herald Magazine - - etc EVA ARRIGHI HOME -

A smart pro­gram­mable wall-panel light­ing so­lu­tion.

The sys­tem is well de­signed, with each of the nine light squares fit­ting to­gether per­fectly flush, so no gaps can ruin your pat­tern. This is made pos­si­ble by the tiny can­vas link­ers that hold the pieces in place and pro­vide the power.

Al­though the starter pack of nine pan­els won’t il­lu­mi­nate an en­tire room like a tra­di­tional lamp, the bright­ness is im­pres­sive and all eyes are drawn to the light dis­play on the wall.

You can pro­gramme the colour pat­tern as de­sired us­ing a smart­phone app along with touch com­mands from your hand. A built-in rhythm mode pro­vides a danc­ing light show to any mu­sic you play, which is ob­vi­ously great for par­ties.

The sys­tem is also com­pat­i­ble with most smart home con­trollers, in­clud­ing Ap­ple Siri, Google As­sis­tant and Ama­zon Alexa.

A lack of an ac­com­pa­ny­ing align­ment tool makes it tricky to get the pan­els even and a spirit level is needed in most cases. The pan­els are 15cm x 15cm, which isn’t big com­pared with most walls, so you may have to buy more packs to cre­ate an elab­o­rate de­sign.

Those who want to jazz up a bland wall with a bit of light and more con­trol over a tra­di­tional lamp or smart bulb. It cre­ates a great am­bi­ence in small rooms.

You want more light­ing bang for your buck as the pan­els can’t com­pete with a bulb for di­rec­tional light.

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