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Nanoleaf’s triangular panels offer a new, modular take on lighting

Nanoleaf’s Aurora is a triangular LED panel to make lighting look more like art

If you can say one thing about Toronto-based Nanoleaf, it’s that its light bulbs don’t look boring. From the dimmable Bloom to the smart Ivy, the 3D-printed bulbs are eye-catching. The same can be said for the company’s newest product, the Aurora, debuting at CES 2016.

The Aurora isn’t something you’ll stick under a lamp shade. In fact, it moves home lighting onto the wall (though you could also put them on the ceiling or a table, too). It’s a series of triangle-shaped LED panels that fit together in various shapes. As with the company’s Smart Kit, the color-changing panels are meant to work with HomeKit and the Nanoleaf Hub. That means you can ask Siri to set one of your predetermined scenes, such as for movie night.

“The Aurora is set to redefine the category and eliminate the compromise between choosing ambient light or productive light,” Nanoleaf’s CEO, Gimmy Chu, said in a press release.

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The product is slated for release some time in 2016, though pricing details aren’t yet available.

If talking to your lights isn’t your thing, maybe you need a clicker. Awox’s SmartPebble is a two-piece kit, the “pebble” and a wall plate, also on display at CES 2016. It’s sort of like a remote for your lights that you can stick on the wall or carry between rooms. You click bulbs on and off, turn the device to brighten them, or shake it to turn on colors. Double clicking the round, battery-powered object switches to another set of lights. The remote connects to Awox’s special smart bulbs via Bluetooth and can control up to eight of them, separated into two groups.

Related: CES 2016 video sneak peek

Also back at CES and contributing to the smart lighting explosion is Sengled, which has a new product, Voice, that has microphones to help it double as a security voice. It can detect glass breaking, for example.

Check back throughout the week for more smart-home products for lighting and beyond.