“In the following I am going to describe my own version of the light panels that, in my view, eliminate all the disadvantages of the commercial products while keeping all the advantages. I am aware that others have made similar light panels. I am making and publishing my own version, because although I have seen many that had very nice features, but I haven’t seen one that combined all of the features important to me in one product.
As many others, I also like the concept of the Nanoleaf light panels. They have features that, in general, I appreciate and strive for in my own development efforts as well.
The major advantages are:
Modular design – You can combine as few or as many (basic building blocks) as you want.
Wireless remote control – You can select and fine tune the behavior of the light panels from your computer or phone.
* Aesthetically pleasing – I am happy to put it in any room in my house.
However, there are a number of issues associated with them that prevent me from actually putting some of them there.
Nanoleaf light panels are compatible with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant (and many more), which is simply a fancy way of saying: “in order to use our products, you have to give up your privacy”.
Closed source – Apart from the privacy nightmare already mentioned, it also prevents one from examining the code for issues, or for learning purposes and making changes, adding/modifying features.
* Price – The cheapest kit you can get is (at the time of researching for this article) €189.99. This is waaay too expensive for the average people for a mood light.”