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The Nanoleaf Canvas is a nice addition to the product family. While the Light Panels have an initial "wow" factor—the triangular shape does not bode well for a purposefully discrete architectural lighting feature. The square shape of the Canvas is more appropriately up to the challenge.
The Dawn Doppelgänger Design Kit was purchased for a proof-of-concept that would drive a much larger installation. All-in-all the Canvas is a step in the right direction. The color range, attention grabbing scenes, and tile quality are great, but there are two areas of improvement: 1. The app UI/UX is unrefined & unintuitive. 2. The installation accessories are consumer-grade, which could be a problem for commercial installations, large residential ones, or those pushing creative boundaries.
For added context regarding this homeowner's idea, the project being designed and tested is a 25 x 15 tile, wall-to-wall / floor-to-ceiling, install that only becomes a lighting feature when powered on. The light panels will be placed behind ACRYLITE Satinice acrylic sheets for additional diffusion. In order to allow for service & maintenance, a subassembly of 5 x 5 panels is being created. This subassembly is being engineered to handle heat dispersion (e.g. Using perforated aluminum sheets as a substate. Additional airflow via fans still under review). Flex Linkers will allow a 1/4 inch reveal between each 5 x 5 sub-panel or potentially extruded aluminum mounting channel / trim (final design dependent on achieving an understated / minimalist aesthetic.) The utilmate goal of the project is to integrate the Canvas tiles in such away that only the homeowner and select guests know a light show is at-the-ready with the push of a button.