In this post, we are looking into the HomeKit and Siri support for the Nanoleaf Aurora. If you followed our post “Nanoleaf Aurora – Smart Lighting, Living Paint or Smart Art?” and Nanoleaf’s “Get Started” instructions, you have mastered the HomeKit setup already.
Let’s look into the steps which connect Aurora to HomeKit.
When starting the Nanoleaf app for the first time on an iOS device, it will request access to your Home Data, which is your HomeKit database. You have to specify the HomeKit Home, in which you want to add your Aurora and scan/enter the HomeKit ID, which you can find on the bottom of your Aurora controller (good we took a picture before glueing to the wall!).
When you check your Apple Home app, you will find your Aurora accessory added, plus all the scenes you have created/saved to your Nanoleaf App dashboard. The synchronization between your Dashboard scenes and HomeKit happens automatically. Every time you save or delete a scene in Nanoleaf, the change is mirrored in the Apple Home app.
As with other smart lighting devices, Siri understands following commands for your Aurora:
- (Hey Siri,) turn on/off <Aurora-name> (lights).
- (Hey Siri,) set <Aurora-name> to X (percent).
- (Hey Siri,) dim/brighten <Aurora-name> (by x percent)
- (Hey Siri,) set <Aurora-name> to <color>. Check out this external link for an amazing list of color names Siri could recognize.
- (Hey Siri,) set/turn on/activate <Aurora scene name>.
There are many voice command alternatives you can use with Siri and smart lighting. Pick the ones which work best for you from the overview in this post: Siri and Philips Hue: Setup, Review and Voice Commands.
Grouping Rooms and Scenes
By assigning Aurora to a room in the Apple Home app, it becomes part of the room commands, e.g. turn on/off living room.
To add an Aurora scene to your existing HomeKit room scenes, you need to add the Aurora Scene in the Nanoleaf app dashboard under the Groups tab. Swipe the desired HomeKit scene – e.g. “living room energize” – to the left and tap the edit button. Under “Manage” you can add Aurora to the devices and specify which Aurora scene should be activated, e.g. “Aurora Energize”.
Note, Apple HomeKit supports only 100 scenes per home.
Nanoleaf has implemented a rock solid HomeKit support. Additionally to the generic light commands, you can control your painted, dynamic and rhythm scenes with Siri and add them through the Nanoleaf app to your existing HomeKit scenes.
For a comparison to Alexa and Google Assistant, see: Assistant Showdown with Nanoleaf Aurora: Who will win, Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant?
If you are interested in smart ideas for your smart lighting, see:
What is your experience with Nanoleaf Aurora and HomeKit/Siri?