Ever since we bought our house, I’ve been annoyed at one thing more than anything else. The previous owners of the house were quite short, and in the basement, in what is now my office, they had installed a chandelier-type light fixture that hung quite low. High enough for them to move under, but for me, not quite. I’ve banged my head against it more times than I can count. I’ve been meaning to replace the fixture for a while, but I wasn’t interested in the cheap stuff at Home Depot, nor wanted to spend a lot of money.
Seems like a quandary, doesn’t it? It sure did to me, but thanks to Costco, all my problems are solved.
Okay maybe not all of them, but at least those pertaining to this annoying light fixture situation.
Yesterday, I installed a Ampere Moonraker LED Ceiling Light (plafonnier in French) that I purchased at Costco only an hour before, for the low price of $39.99, plus applicable taxes.
This is an LED ceiling light, and I was afraid that the light would be too cold, or white as opposed to yellow and warm. I needn’t have worried. The light is quite yellow and calming, much like older incandescent bulbs.
I’d never had the occasion to install any fixtures, but it turns out that it was quite easy, except for the fact that it was getting dark, and that my 3-year-old son was in charge of illumination with an extremely powerful – and blinding – flashlight, which I’d also bought at Costco.
Here’s what the finished product looks like. I know that this is a terrible picture.
I tried to take a picture with the light on, but my phone was not cooperating in the least, so there you have it.
The installation was quite smooth, two wires and the ground to connect. The result is safe and solid, and thanks to LED technology, I’ll never have to change the bulbs in there.
This is quite the high-powered LED ceiling light, with 1800 lumens of illumination. It is also dimmable, but I’ll have to change the light switch for that. Maybe another day.
Speaking of days, this is how long this lamp will last, according to the manufacturer: 25,000 hours, which translates to over a thousand days, at 24 hours a day. The manufacturer and designer, Artika, instead proposes 22.8 years of life, based on a 3 hour a day use, which seems more reasonable. It also consumes a very low 28 watts of power, which is good for my electricity bill.
I know that buying a LED ceiling light at Costco, for under $40, should not be particularly exciting, but for some reason it is.
Maybe it’s because I’ve successfully executed my first, albeit very light, electrical renovation, or perhaps I know that I’m done whacking my head on a ridiculously out of place chandelier. We may never know. But I’m very happy with my Ampere Moonraker LED Ceiling Light!