Screw Mounting Guide For Your Nanoleaf Smart Lights–Ideal For Ceiling Installations

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May 12, 2022 | 5 Min Read | By: Alyssa C.

Hi there Nanoleafer, welcome to the screw mounting guide for your Nanoleaf lights!

In this blog I’m going to take you through why you may need to screw mount your lights and how to screw mount each one—from Nanoleaf Lines to Elements, Shapes, Canvas, and even Essentials Lightstrips. So let me jump right into answering your burning questions.

When Is Screw Mounting Recommended?

Screw mounting Lines

If you already have your Nanoleaf lights, you may have read the setup guide and noticed a section on screw mounting! If you haven’t read the guides yet, I definitely recommend it so you can learn about tips and tricks you maybe didn’t know about:

Screw mounting is recommended for specific types of installations, so you may not have to do this—the included adhesives are more than enough for clean, flat, smooth surfaces. This is when we recommend screw mounting:

• Layouts on textured, porous surfaces (i.e. wallpaper, brick, or popcorn)
• Layouts on ceilings or angled walls
• Very large layouts (i.e. Installations in commercial or public spaces

If any of these screw mounting use cases apply to you, I’ve got you covered. Before we move on, I have a few quick tips to keep in mind:

• Pair your device to the Nanoleaf App before mounting it
• Plan your layout ahead of time (the Layout Assistant in the Nanoleaf App can help)
• Screw mounting piece by piece (I’ll explain more about this below)

Continue reading to learn how you can screw mount your Nanoleaf Lines, Elements, Shapes, Canvas, and Essentials.

Screw Mounting Your Nanoleaf Lines Light Bars

Alright Lines lovers, are you looking to screw mount your layout? Well here’s the solution but before we begin…please note that the following solution is best on smoother surfaces.

You’ll Need:

• A pencil
• A drill
• Screws
• Anchors

NOTE: Mounting Plate is included and already attached to the Mounting Connector.

Step-By-Step Instructions:

1. Mount your Lines design to the ceiling first using the included Mounting Tape.
2. Remove the Lines then pull the Mounting Connectors off to reveal the Mounting Plates.
3. Mark the screw holes and remove the Mounting Plate. With one hand on the Mounting Plate, use your other hand to pull the end of tape along the wall or ceiling until fully removed. Do not pull perpendicularly or at any other angle, otherwise, you may damage your wall or ceiling.
4. Then drill pilot holes and install anchors (please proceed with extra caution for hole alignment, particularly for closed-loop layout assemblies).
5. Fasten the Mounting Plate to the anchors with screws.
6. Once secured, attach the Lines and Mounting Connectors back onto the Mounting Plate.

Screw Mounting Your Nanoleaf Shapes Hexagons, Triangles, & Mini Triangles

Hey there Shapes supporters! Screw mounting your Shapes is super easy and really not all that different from Nanoleaf Lines—it’s actually even simpler believe it or not.

You’ll Need:

• A pencil
• A drill
• Screws
• Anchors

NOTE: Mounting Plate is included and already attached to the Panel.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Mark up where your anchors will go by positioning a Mounting Plate in place and using a pencil to highlight the 2 holes.
2. Drill a pilot hole and install the anchors.
3. Fasten Mounting Plate to the anchors with screws.
4. Once secured, attach the panel to the Mounting Plate.

Screw Mounting Your Nanoleaf Elements Wood Look Hexagons

Screw mounting large elements layouts

Are you an Elements enthusiast? If you are, you’ve definitely come to the right place! The steps for screw mounting Shapes are actually the same for Elements, so if you’ve done this for Shapes already you’re good to go. For your convenience, you can see exactly what you need to do below.

You’ll Need:

• A pencil
• A drill
• Screws
• Anchors

NOTE: Mounting Plate is included and already attached to the Panel.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Mark up where your anchors will go by positioning a Mounting Plate in place and marking up the 2 holes with a pencil.
2. Drill a pilot hole and install the anchors.
3. Fasten Mounting Plate to the anchors with screws.
4. Once secured, attach the panel to the Mounting Plate.

Screw Mounting Your Nanoleaf Canvas Squares

Are you looking to screw mount your Canvas creation? Look no further! This setup has a few more steps however I promise it’ll be painless.

You’ll Need:

Nanoleaf Canvas Screw Mount Kit
• A pencil
• A drill

Step-By-Step Instructions

1. On the floor align the mounting plates you plan to place together and match the yellow lines so they are adjacent. Then press on the flaps to attach the mounting plates together.
2. When you finish connecting all the mounting plates in your layout, cut off the unused flaps around the edges.
3. Place the Rigid Linkers where the Mounting Plates line up together. This is where the panels would usually connect together as well if you did a normal adhesive installation.
4. Hold the layout (which you created with the Mounting Plates) in place on the wall and with a pencil mark where your anchors will go.
5. Drill a pilot hole and install the anchors.
6. Fasten the Mounting Plates to the anchors with screws.
7. Once secured, attach the panel to the Mounting Plate. You’ll need to line the linker slots on the panels with the Rigid Linkers you placed earlier. Press down on each corner until it clicks in place.
8. Once the Power Supply is connected you can begin to enjoy your fabulous screw mounted layout!

Screw Mounting Your Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrips

Nanoleaf essentials on ceilings

Are you looking to live out your TikTok dreams by creating a Lightstrip cloud on your ceiling? I’ve got just the screw mounting solution to turn your Lightstrip dreams into a reality!

You’ll Need:

• Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip Screw Mount Kit
• A pencil
• A drill
• Anchors (if you choose)

Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Mount your Essentials Lightstrip first using the included foam Mounting Tape which is attached to the back.
2. Position a Mounting Clip in place over the top of the Lightstrip.
3. OPTIONAL: Mark up where your anchors will go, with a pencil mark the two holes, then remove the clip and drill a pilot hole and install the anchors.
4. Fasten Mounting Clip to the anchors or the surface with screws.

That about wraps it up! So, where are you going to screw mount your Nanoleaf lights next? We’d love to hear your creative ideas!

Nanoleaf shapes on angled wall

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