There are a lot of new smart light bulbs on the market. We recently got a Nanoleaf Bloom as a gift from a family member (thanks Alana!) that contributed to their Kickstarter campaign. This is our Nanoleaf Bloom review.
What is it
The Nanoleaf Bloom is the world’s first dimmable light bulb that doesn’t require a dimmer. It pumps out 1200 Lumens and boasts a 27 year life span so it’s nice and bright and we won’t need to change that bulb anytime soon. The bulb has an interesting boxy design which won them a 2015 Red Dot excellence in design award. It is very easy to use and promises to reduce your energy consumption vs traditional light bulbs.
How does it work
The Nanoleaf Bloom works with any traditional light switch (we are currently using ours in the living room in a standing lamp that uses a foot switch). There is a microprocessor on the bulb that detects on and off signals that come from your light switch and controls the brightness of the led bulbs. When you switch on the light, the bulb starts to light up gradually, when it reaches a brightness you want to lock in you, quickly flip the switch off and on. If you do nothing, the bulb will light up to its full brightness.
There is a built-in night mode that keeps the bulb at 5% brightness. To enable this mode you quickly turn the light switch on, off, on. We haven’t used this mode very much but it can be useful as a night-light or if you need to set the mood for a scary movie.
- Reduced energy consumption
100% brightness uses 10W50% uses 2.5W5% 0.5W
- Mood lighting without installing dimmers
- Don’t need to worry about changing bulbs for a long time
- Each bulb comes with a pretty steep price tag of $39.99 USD
- Not available where we normally buy light bulbs yet
The Nanoleaf Bloom works great. You quickly forget that it is even there and just start using the dimming feature organically when you need it. We definitely plan to purchase additional Nanoleaf light bulbs – we think they would be great to use in bedside table lamps!