The Nanoleaf Essentials smart bulb is a much more affordable alternative to Philips Hue, and it’s brighter and more colorful too. It’s a HomeKit-compatible light that needs no extra paraphernalia to make it work, but to unlock all its best features you will need to own an Apple HomePod mini… at least for now.
Nanoleaf is better known for its beautiful lights panels, but the brand has gone back to basics to give us a smart light bulb for the first time. The Nanoleaf Essentials A19 smart bulb, however, isn’t your typical smart bulb. Not only does it step away from the usual smooth dome diffuser, it also supports an incredible 16 million colors, with a white color temperature range of 2,700-6,500 Kelvin. It surpasses some of its competitors by being able to hit 1,100 lumens, making it one of the brightest available today.
Its looks and brightness aren’t the only features that make the Nanoleaf Essentials A19 smart light bulb stand apart from the crowd. This smart bulb is the first of its kind to come with both Thread and Bluetooth connectivity. That means the Essentials light bulb can be used alongside any other Thread-enabled smart device without a hub and, if you aren’t using one of those, the bulbs will work via Bluetooth, giving them a wider and more future-proof appeal.