The lighting affects your mood, experiences and memories. It can change your circadian rhythm and interrupt long-lasting sleep patterns. In a word, lighting is powerful. It shapes how we experience the world. In the coronavirus era, lighting plays a surprising role, especially if you live in isolation or spend more time at home.
The Gizmodo Australia crew has been working from home since March 2020. Without a trip to work, drinks after, or friendly chases to catch up, the world has started to feel a bit monotonous. Most of us wake up and sit at our laptops and type with the unfriendly jokes that our days were filled with. There’s not much to break the silence, but with some handy tricks you can make it feel like you̵
This is where the new Nanoleaf triangles come into play. The latest set contains two variants: mini triangles with a size of about 11 cm and larger triangles with a size of 22 cm. The mini triangles ship in packs of five for $ 189.99 while the triangles ship in packs of nine for $ 349.99. If you’re looking to freshen up your living space, they’re expensive but absolutely worth it.
I’ve written about Nanoleaf lights before. They are relatively simple app-controlled smart lights that can be programmed to any pattern. You can touch them and they will blink in different patterns. You can play music and they will respond to the melodies. You can use them as a normal light or as an accent in your room. If you have other nanoleaf shapes you can join them together too and create new and terrifying designs. In short, they’re pretty awesome.
The Triangles are my favorite in the new range, mainly because they fit perfectly on the classic Billy bookcase from IKEA. As with other Nanoleaf products, you’ll need to glue the lights to a wall or other surface to keep them stable. If you can’t hang them directly on the wall (if you’re renting, for example) the triangles are versatile enough to fit most furniture lengthways.
The mini triangles are also a viable option as they are much smaller than the main triangles.
These work the same way but are much easier to place and can be glued to any surface. Putting these on a desk or bookcase can really transform your space. This is just one of the little ways that you can make your home office appear brighter while you work your life time.
The new Nanoleaf Shapes range offers bright and colorful shades that soak your room, especially in the dark. Using the lights before bed is ideal for creating a deep sense of calm and making your room look a little more magical. (No matter how old you are, colorful lighting is still the bomb.)
Color theory has it that warmer reds and dark pinks are perfect for a good night’s sleep, largely because they mimick the atmosphere in the womb where life was much easier. With the right hues and settings, the new Nanoleaf triangles can emulate the uterine-like hues you want for the perfect recovery.
My sleep improved significantly while using the Nanoleaf lights, as did my mood. While it’s difficult to properly estimate the exact impact in numbers, I’ve found that I’m much more relaxed with the devices that read before bed. Like a warm bath, they’re great for taking your time and focusing on your sanity.
During the day they also serve to illuminate any room and add a sense of freshness to your work life. The difference between a blue and a pink day isn’t much, but it does give you a sense of change – and in the coronavirus era, that’s a real blessing.
While you have to go for the new Nanoleafs ($ 350 is a big investment in smart lights), they are really fantastic. They add a sense of fun every day and make for very stylish accessories. You have helped me immensely while I was stuck at home and maybe if you are in a similar position they may be able to help you too.