The hexagonal light panels will feature a snap-on connector rather than the older slide-on links used by the older Canvas and Light Panel models. I gave them a try and they felt much sturdier and secure than the slide-on links used by Nanoleaf’s Canvas squares and Light Panels.
While the old connectors act as links that allow Nanoleaf’s existing light panels to communicate with each other, they don’t lock the panels into place.
Indeed, as we noted in our review of the light panels (formerly known as Aurora): “There’s not even much of a way to keep the panels stuck together—or even attached to the wall—aside from some sticky tape Nanoleaf throws in the box.”
Speaking of sticky tape, that’s another area that Nanoleaf users have complained about, the Nanoleaf rep told me. Unsurprisingly, users didn’t love that they had to attach their Nanoleaf light panels directly to their walls using adhesive tape.
Luckily, Nanoleaf’s upcoming Unified Light Panels come with a solution: a snap-on mounting plate with a pair of screw holes. A removable mounting plate sounds like a much better alternative to attaching sticky tape to the light panels themselves, and we love the screw-mounting option.
The hexagonal light panels will be the first of Nanoleaf’s Unified Light Panel line, with more shapes coming later this year and in 2021.
Look for the Unified Hexagons to go on sale this summer. Nanoleaf hasn’t released pricing details yet.
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