Using new square mounting connectors, Nanoleaf Lines Squared can create linear or square designs so you can let your lighting designs go around door frames, windows or any other square space you want to illuminate. You can now also create square designs and mix and match them with the corners of the original lines. Lines Squared can be pre-ordered from this week on go.nanoleaf.me.
The original Nanoleaf Lines use 60-degree connectors that give you six angles; the new connectors give you four. The connectors can be combined and are backwards compatible with existing Lines products.
The Lines Squared LED light bars appear to be the same product as the original Lines, just packaged with the new square connectors. They come in a pack of four, compared to the lines that come with nine. You can purchase expansion packs with three additional lines for $69.99.
The Nanoleaf Lines work via WiFi with the Nanoleaf app, where you can set automated lighting and design schedules or use preset light scenes. A built-in Rhythm Music visualizer lets you sync the lights to music, and a desktop Screen Mirror app lets you connect the lights to your PC for more immersive games or movies.
The new Lines Squared works with Apple Home, Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings and is a Thread boundary router. This means it can connect other compatible Thread products – such as Nanoleaf’s Essentials lighting line (both old and new) – to your Thread network and to the Internet. Thread is a local, IP-based mesh protocol that claims to be faster and more reliable than other wireless smart home protocols.
Thread is also an underlying protocol for the new smart home standard Matter. Lines are not compatible with Matter at this time, but as a Thread edge router, they can “route” Thread-compatible Matter devices over a Thread network.