Here are some tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years testing Nanoleaf products:
Prepare before installation. Decide and plan in advance what you want to do. Nanoleaf’s lights attach to the wall with adhesive, so you can remove them without removing the paint. However, it is easier to have your design already planned and decided. Be sure to use a level to make sure they are straight as the geometric shapes make it obvious when they are straight.
Plan the power. In addition to planning your design, make sure your panels end close enough to an electrical outlet. You can also try designing your lights so that the power cord is hidden behind something, such as a nearby bookshelf or plant.
Planning ability may vary. If you use the Essentials bulbs, you can only set up schedules using Apple HomeKit or Google Assistant.
You need the Alexa skill. If you are an Alexa user, some smart devices can easily connect to your Alexa speakers. However, you must add the Nanoleaf skill to use your Nanoleaf lights. (Even after adding it, I found that it didn’t work 100 percent of the time.)
Be careful where you click in the app. In the app, your Nanoleaf products are listed by room and displayed as small squares with an icon and the name of the product. You need to click on the written name to go to the device and see the colors, scenes and other options (e.g. 4D if you use the 4D kit) for that product. If you click anywhere else on the product packaging, keep turning the device on and off.
Find more color options. The app contains a variety of scenes that you can use. However, you can click the “Discover” tab – a cloud and down arrow icon – to find more lighting designs and download them to your app.