Nanoleaf’s modular Skylight panels are on sale for the first time

2024-06-08 10:38

Tech


Nanoleaf’s smart LED ceiling lights lighting up a room with blue and purple lights.
Nanoleaf’s smart ceiling lights offer hundreds of colors and an array of impressive lighting effects. | Image: Nanoleaf

The days are getting brighter, but with the current heatwave plaguing much of the US, how many of us can really go out and enjoy it? Luckily, Nanoleaf’s Skylight Smarter Kit is on sale for the first time, offering the rest of us a way to add some brightness to our day without melting to death. Normally $249.99, right now, you can buy the three-pack kit for $229.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, and directly from Nanoleaf.

Designed to mimic a skylight, Nanoleaf’s full-color LED ceiling lights can bring a bit of the sun into the comfort of your air-conditioned home. They feature exceptionally bright, tunable lights that radiate a whopping 4,200 lumens of brightness combined, while their modular design means you can build out different patterns or add more panels later for added flexibility. The lighting panels — only one of which needs to be wired — are also compatible with a number of platforms, including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, with Nanoleaf promising Matter support soon.

Even cooler, though, is that the lights offer hundreds of dynamic color effects and lighting scenes, so you can change the “weather” to “gentle rain” when the summer days make you long for relief from the heat. Nanoleaf’s AI-generated dynamic effects are impressive, too. For example, if you were to type in something like “tropical paradise,” the Magic Scene creator would generate effects designed to mimic the sea. As an added bonus, the lights can sync with ambient music and sound, making them great for setting the mood, especially at parties.

Read our comparison of the Nanoleaf Skylight and Aqara’s T1M.

If you want to beef up your home security ahead of your summer travels, right now, one of our favorite outdoor floodlight cameras is down to one of its best prices to date. Normally $89.99, you can currently buy the Blink Wired Floodlight Camera for just $59.99 ($30 off) at Amazon and The Home Depot. That’s the camera’s second-best price yet and only $10 shy of the all-time low we saw in January.

For the price, Blink’s entry-level security camera has a lot going for it, including 1080p resolution and impressively bright 2,600-lumen lights that are easy to adjust. Unlike your typical outdoor security camera, it also has a loud 105dB siren that’s designed to scare away any potential intruders, allowing for greater peace of mind. You can control it via Amazon Alexa, too, and mount it either horizontally or vertically depending on your needs.

Of course, there are tradeoffs. The audio isn’t great and you don’t get tunable lighting, for one, and motion detection is limited to 20 feet. Plus, you’ll have to pay a $3 monthly fee to take advantage of features like person detection and cloud recording (or purchase a $49.99 Blink Sync Module 2 for local storage). Still, if you just need a simple way to add some extra security to your home, the Blink Wired Floodlight Camera is a good investment at the current price.

A few more deals worth checking out

  • AirTags are great, but one of their major flaws is that they lack a keychain hole for clipping them to things. Thankfully, Woot is discounting Apple’s official leather AirTag Loops through June 14th, letting you snag a single AirTag Loop for $9.99 ($29 off) or a pair for $14.99 ($63 off). We prefer Apple’s discontinued leather accessories over their FineWoven counterparts, mainly because they show signs of wear and tear far less easily.
  • Best Buy is selling the 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 with Bluetooth starting at $199.99 ($100 off), an all-time low. The standard model features support for Wear OS 4 and a bioelectrical impedance sensor for tracking body fat and body mass index. Samsung phone owners will get the most mileage out of the wearable, though, as they also get access to extra perks like EKGs and contactless payments via Samsung Pay / Wallet. Read our review.
  • Right now, you can buy a full-price Apple HomePod Mini and get a second for 50 percent off as a part of Verizon’s latest promo. That means you’ll pay $149.99 instead of $199.99 for a pair, which is nice if you want to use a pair in stereo mode or gift one to your dad for Father’s Day and keep the other for yourself. Apple’s Siri-enabled smart speaker isn’t quite as capable as the second-gen HomePod, but it offers good sound for its size and impressive integration with other Apple devices. Read our review.
  • Amazon’s Smart Plug is down to just $19.99 ($5 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Staples, which matches its best price of the year. The handy smart home accessory lets you add “smarts” to traditional gadgets like lamps and fans, giving you the ability to control them with the Alexa app or your voice (even without a dedicated hub). However, be aware that the smart plug only works with Alexa and indoor electronics.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2024/6/8/24172828/nanoleaf-skylight-smarter-kit-blink-wired-floodlight-camera-deal-sale