Wednesday, August 4

the first smart bulbs to use HomeKit Thread from the Apple HomePod mini

Nanoleaf, known for its bright home accessories, has just introduced the Essentials. A bulb and connected light strips that rub against Philips Hue products. What more do they have? They use the Thread protocol found in the new HomePod mini speaker.

Nanoleaf unveiled its Essentials line, a smart bulb and a duo of connected light strips that have built-in Thread connectivity. It is an LED bulb that offers access to several color ranges (2700K-6500K) with a maximum brightness of 1100 lumens. As you will have probably noticed, the bulb is distinguished by its unique multi-faceted shape.

The 2 meter Lighstrip has 21 sets of LEDs per meter (2 hot, 2 cold on each set), which can be cut, but also extended to a maximum of 10 meters.

According to Nanoleaf, Essentials is the very first consumer connected lighting product to work with Thread.

What is the Thread?

The Thread is a protocol designed by a consortium made up of Google (Nest), Samsung, Qualcomm, NXF / Freescale, Somfy, ARM, but also Apple.

It has been developed for several years, but it has not yet found its success and it should not be long. Like ZigBee, it uses the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and allows you to create a low-consumption mesh network for connected objects. Its difference, compared to the ZigBee, is that it uses IP addresses for each device in the manner of 6LoWPAN (IPv6 Low power Wireless Personal Area Networks).

This feature is important, it means that this protocol offers access to the cloud as well as AES encryption. This offers greater compatibility, but above all a high level of security. Only specifically authenticated devices can join the network. Finally, it also offers more responsiveness than bulbs connected via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Le HomePod mini compatible

No need to use Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or a connection bridge, just use a compatible connected object. This is the case, for example, with the HomePod mini. Apple’s first connected speaker is compatible with this protocol and can serve as a “router” for these connected products.

Nanoleaf Essentials pricing and availability

The Essentials A19 / A60 bulb sells for 20 euros, while the Essentials 80 (2 meters) and 40 (1 meter) light strips are 40 and 20 euros respectively. These products will be available by the end of November, initially exclusively in Apple Stores.

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