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Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip Starter Kit

Smart self-adhesive light strip with Bluetooth® and built-in controller (2 meters/6.6 feet)

Item # 374NL552M

Add colorful lighting almost anywhere with this versatile lightstrip.

Add colorful lighting almost anywhere with this versatile lightstrip.

Item # 374NL552M

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About the Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip Starter Kit

A perfect pop of color

When I added a colorful LED strip behind my TV it greatly improved my nighttime viewing experience and lessened my eye fatigue. Plus, it's just fun to have that pop of color for movie nights. And this thin self-adhesive Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip isn't just a TV backlight — it's flexible and versatile enough to go almost anywhere. You can tuck it under cabinets in the kitchen or run it along hallway baseboards to add colorful ambiance lighting throughout your home. 

A perfect pop of color

When I added a colorful LED strip behind my TV it greatly improved my nighttime viewing experience and lessened my eye fatigue. Plus, it's just fun to have that pop of color for movie nights. And this thin self-adhesive Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip isn't just a TV backlight — it's flexible and versatile enough to go almost anywhere. You can tuck it under cabinets in the kitchen or run it along hallway baseboards to add colorful ambiance lighting throughout your home. 

This 6.5-foot strip includes a 71-inch power cable with an inline controller that lets you make app-free adjustments. Change the brightness, turn it on or off, or cycle through color options without ever pulling out your phone.

Need to adjust the size? You can easily trim it down or pick up the optional extension strip (sold separately) to add length. The included power adapter can support up to 33 total feet.

No Bridge required 

Nanoleaf products connect to your mobile device using Bluetooth. Turn your lighting on or off, adjust the brightness and color, and group multiple bulbs together using the free Nanoleaf app. Bluetooth lets you control unlimited lights when paired with iOS® devices or 8 lights on Android™ devices.

This lightstrip can also communicate using Thread — a low-latency mesh network protocol that offers a quicker response time and extended range for your gear. It requires a compatible "border router," such as Nanoleaf Shapes and LinesApple TV 4K, or certain eero systems. 

More control options

You can also adjust your lighting system hands-free if you've got a voice assistant. Essentials Lightstrips work with Siri and Google Assistant devices (sold separately). Big Nanoleaf fan? This lightstrip also work with Touch Actions on compatible Canvas and Shapes panels.


Product highlights:

  • creates colorful ambient lighting behind entertainment systems or under bars or cabinets
  • great for low-level lighting in your hallways or staircases
  • extendable up to 33 feet with additional Lightstrip Extensions (sold separately)
  • group and control lights with the free Nanoleaf app for Apple® and Android
  • choose from over 16 million colors and shades of cool to warm white light to match any mood or event
  • adjustable brightness up to 2,200 lumens
  • can be controlled with Touch Actions on compatible Nanoleaf Shapes or Canvas panels
  • compatible with Apple HomeKit (Siri) and Google Assistant devices (sold separately)
    • use your voice to turn lights on or off, or adjust color and brightness
    • create a lighting schedule in the Google Home or Apple Home app
  • Circadian Lighting feature automatically adjusts the color temperature based on the time of day
  • lifespan: approximately 25,000 hours of use
  • communication protocol: Thread and Bluetooth
    • Thread requires the use of a compatible border router: Nanoleaf Lines, Elements, or Shapes products, Apple HomePod mini, Apple TV 4K (2nd gen), eero 6, eero Pro, eero Pro 6, or eero Beacon
    • connection to compatible Thread border router allows control away from home
    • Thread lets you control up to 30 bulbs on iOS or 8 bulbs on Android devices for optimal performance
    • Bluetooth lets you control unlimited bulbs when paired with iOS devices or 8 bulbs on Android devices
  • 80"L x 5/8"H x 3/16"D
  • 71-inch power cable includes inline controller for app-free adjustments
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # NL55-0003LS-2M

What's in the box:

  • 80" LED light strip
  • 6" Controller cable (attached)
  • Controller
  • AC adapter with attached 71" DC output cord (DC output: 15V 2A)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Setup card

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Overview: The Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip lets you add light and color to your living space. The 80" lightstrip contains dozens of LED sets that emit bright colorful light that you can control. Essentials lightstrips can be controlled via the included in-line controller, wirelessly via Bluetooth or Thread, or by voice control. It is powered by a 30-watt (DC) power supply (included). You can customize the length of your lightstrip by adding 40" Expansion strips to increase the length up to 10 meters or trim it to segments as small as 13".

RGBCW: The Essentials Lightstrip features RGBCW LEDs which not only emit 16 million colors (RGB), but also all shades of white, from cool white (C) to warm white (W). There are 21 LED sets per meter, or 7 per 13" cuttable length.

Light Output: An 80" Essentials Lightstrip produces a maximum brightness of 2200 lumens at full output. The light can be brightened and dimmed from 100% to 1%, using the Nanoleaf app, voice, or the in-line controller. You can also cycle through default colors or cool-to-warm white colors, or use a color wheel to select the color output. The Lightstrip can only show one color at a time.

Installation: Essentials Lightstrips are backed with 3M VHB™ (Very High Bond) Tape, which holds the strip with industrial strength. You should thoroughly clean the mounting surface before attaching the lightstrip for best results. The lightstrip can be installed at full length (80"), lengthened by adding Expansion Strips, or cut to the desired length in increments of 13". The lightstrips connect end-to-end via a 6-pin connector. The Controller and Controller Cable connect to the included 71" power cable and power supply. The power supply can support lightstrips and extensions out to 10 meters (39 feet) at full brightness. Beyond 10 meters, the brightness decreases.

Wireless Connections: The Lightstrip can be connected wirelessly via Bluetooth or Thread using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. No hub or bridge is needed. Thread is a mesh wireless network (IEEE 802.15.4 MAC/PHY) that is faster and more reliable, and has a better range. The Essential Lightstrip interconnects with other Nanoleaf products, such as Lines, Elements, and Shapes, which act as Thread Border Routers, supporting bi-directional connectivity between Thread and Wi-Fi/Ethernet networks.

Note: Other Thread Border Routers include Apple HomePod mini, Apple TV 4K (2nd generation), Apple HomePod mini eero pro, eero beacon, eero Pro 6, and eero 6.

Control: The Lightstrip can be controlled in a variety of ways:

  • Controller: Locally, you can use the in-line Controller to turn the Lightstrip on or off, dim or brighten the light output, and to select a color. Short presses change the brightness or color in increments or preset colors. A double press of the " > " button cycles through cool and warm whites. Long presses quickly dim the light to 5%, brighten the light to 100%, or to select the color from a color wheel. No app or wireless connection is needed.
  • Nanoleaf App: On your smartphone or tablet, you can control the Lightstrip wirelessly via Bluetooth. Using the app, you can turn the strip on or off, control brightness (from 1% to 100% in 0.1% increments), or change colors. The app features a color wheel that allows you to select the color output with your fingertip. Nanoleaf Lightstrips can be synced with other Nanoleaf products, such as Lines, Shapes, and Elements. If you wish to set schedules with the Essentials Lightstrip, you must have a Thread connection (through a Thread Border Router). The Nanoleaf app is available for iOS and Android mobile phones and tablets, as well as Windows PCs and Mac.
  • Voice Commands: You can easily control the Essentials Lightstrip by speaking a voice command to your Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit (Siri) device (sold separately). In the Nanoleaf app, you can name your Lightstrip, then refer to it in your voice commands. Voice commands can be used to turn the lightstrip on or off, dim or brighten the strip, set it to a specific brightness (expressed in %), set it to a specific color or to a preset scene.
  • Touch: While the Essentials Lightstrip has no touch controls on its own, you can perform basic functions using Touch Actions on your Thread-connected Nanoleaf Shapes (hexagon, triangles, mini triangles).

Nanoleaf Smarter Series App: The Nanoleaf Smarter Series app allows you to design, setup, and control your Nanoleaf lights from the palm of your hand. The app features a Layout Assistant to help you design your Nanoleaf lights, whether its how the lights are put together physically, or choosing colors in a custom configuration. You can choose from 19 lighting scenes or create your own custom color layout. Each Nanoleaf light can be turned on/off individually or in groups, and dimmed or brightened as you desire. You can also choose from millions of colors from the intuitive color wheel for full-color lights. The lights can be automated into set schedules to meet your daily lighting needs, dimming at night and gently brightening as you wake up. The app lets you turn on Rhythm Scenes that dance to your music, or activate the Screen Mirror that causes the Nanoleaf lights to mimic the on-screen activity for movies and gaming. Connect your lights with your smart home assistant, such as Google Assistant, or Siri (Apple HomeKit), and use voice commands to control them hands free. Nanoleaf products also work with IFTTT, Samsung SmartThings, and Razer Chroma RGB. The Nanoleaf Smarter Series app is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 12.0 or later, and smartphones and tablets running Android 5.0 and up. Apps for Windows PCs and Macs are also available.


  • Brightness: 2200 lumens (max); 2000 lumens (avg)
  • Dimming Range: 1% to 100% (in increments of 0.1%)
  • Colors: >16 million
  • Color Temperature: 2700K - 6500K
  • Color Rendering Index: >85
  • Wattage: 23W (for 2-meter strip)
  • Standby Power: 0.23W
  • Input Rating: 100V-240V 50/60 Hz
  • Lifetime: 25,000 hours
  • Dimensions:
    • Light Strip: Length 80", Width 0.579", Height 0.176"
    • Controller: Width 1.454", Height 3.778", Depth 0.775"
  • Weight:
    • Light Strip: 4.35 ounces
    • Controller: 1.35 ounces

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