Ampere Moonraker LED Ceiling Light At Costco

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.

Costco Ampere Moonraker LED Ceiling Light

Costco Ampere Moonraker LED Ceiling Light

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.

Costco Ampere Moonraker LED Ceiling Light (installed)

Costco Ampere Moonraker LED Ceiling Light (installed)

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!

UPDATE – April, 2015 – I’ve installed a new ceiling light, this time the Artika Cloudraker, also from Costco. You can read the new review right here to see how it compares to the Moonraker.

42 thoughts on “Ampere Moonraker LED Ceiling Light At Costco

  1. Elean

    We were looking at this light fixture today at Costco. Thanks for the info (like your story telling too, especially your son and the flash light!). Our ceiling lights are halogen, which get hot and we are slowing replacing all of our bulbs with LED, but have a few fixtures that have to be changed to accommodate. We wanted get some feedback first. Thanks again.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Elean,

      Thank you for your comment! I still haven’t installed a dimmer, but the LED ceiling light is going like a champ. I really like it, and I think you will too. I believe that affordable LED technology is one of the more practical and useful innovations of the last few years (key word here is ‘affordable’!) and it’s really fun to be able to change lightbulbs for some that are cheaper to run, and will last longer.

      Regards!

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      1. Philip

        Hello, I also have the same Moonraker light. Do you any sound when you turn on just like a humming sound should I say or yours are really Quiet, Thanks

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Philip,

          Ok, just stood up on my chair to put my ear to my Moonraker. Not a peep – not even a whisper or even a suggestion of a hum. I’ve not installed a dimmer yet, though, so my light gets full power. Is yours on a dimmer? If it is, maybe that’s the problem?

          Let me know!

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          1. admin Post author

            I have the feeling that some lights will make a hum when they are not getting full power. Adjusting the dimmer, or changing it just might make a difference, but I’m no electrician. Just an impression I get, but I think I’m right.

            Have a great day!

  2. Lucia

    I’ve had this light for about 3 weeks and the dimmer / glass cover decided to come crashing down on the table. Luckily no one was hurt but it was a seriously close call. I’d strongly advise against using this light for safety reasons. Or perhaps find a different cover or more secure way to fasten the cover to the light other than a simple twist-in. It’s a shame though, it really is nice light.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hey Lucia,

      I’m really sorry this happened, it’s a good think no one was hurt. Your comment made me reach out to see if mine is solid, and it is really quite nicely lodged in. Doesn’t budge even a bit, I’m not sure I could remove it easily if I wanted to. Is your diffuser broken? If not, try putting it back on and turning until something ‘clicks’. I think this is what I did.

      Best of luck!

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  4. DJ McLean

    Hi great post. I know it is a long lasting bulb, and I’m very curious to know what the specifics of the bulb are so I can source them. Appreciate whatever info you can provide.
    Thnx

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  5. Brampton Guy

    Just picked this thing up and it’s in my trunk as we speak waiting to be installed. Glad you were happy with the purchase, I’m sure we will be too. Wish they were as cheap as you paid though! Our dollar sucks and this was $69.99 at Costco Toronto

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    1. admin Post author

      Hey Brampton Guy, thanks for reading! I’m basking under the glow of my Moonraker right now! Joking aside, the price has increased at my local Costco to about $45, which is a bummer but not as bad as your price. Do you include the sales tax when you quote $60?

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      1. admin Post author

        Yeah same in Montreal. It seems to yo-yo between than and about $45. Even at $45, it’s a steal.

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  6. glenda

    moon raker ceiling light has a ground wire and in my ceiling there was not a ground wire. Do I need to use this. Obviously I don’t know anything about putting up fixtures although I know about the connection of the other two wires. newbie

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Glenda! Assuming your house is properly wired, the metal box to which you will be attaching the Moonraker should be grounded; you just need to attach the ground wire a screw on the metal box designed with that purpose in mind. Disclaimer: I am NOT an electrician!

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  7. Ken

    I’ve had these lights installed for about a month now. I’ve noticed that 3 out of my 4 lights are making a faint humming sound, while the 4th is perfectly silent. Not sure what the cause might be, as they are all strictly on on/off switches.

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    1. admin Post author

      I’m not an electrician, but perhaps there is a dimmer further up the electrical line, even an unused one? That’s the only thing I could think of. Mine is absolutely and completely quiet.

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      1. Ken

        We have zero dimmer switches in the house, as we had all the wiring recently redone from scratch. Of the four lights, three were making noises. One of those three has now decided to quiet down. It’s all very odd. 🙁

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  8. Jordan

    I had this installed and the light is working with a regular switch but once I switched to a dimmer switch, the light wouldn’t even turn on. I checked with 2 local hardware stores (they are really close to Costco) and they both told me that they’ve heard a lot of complaints about Costco LED lights not working with their dimmers. The only solution they’ve heard is to purchase the dimmer online. Any idea what specific dimmer I need for these lights to dim?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jordan; Thanks for reading, I’ve sorry you’re having a hard time with your Moonraker 🙁 I have not yet changed my switch to a dimmer, but a quick Google search has made clear that some dimmers are specifically designed for LED lights. I would assume that this would take care of the humming situation as well, if present. This article explains in excruciating detail the specific requirements for LED lights, but I’m sure a quality dimmer that is specifically designed as ‘designed for LED’ will do the trick!
      http://www.ledsmagazine.com/articles/iif/print/volume-2/issue-6/features/understand-compatibility-performance-and-dimming-issues-in-led-lighting-magazine.html
      Let me know how it works out!

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  9. Mike R

    Did i install it incorrectly, on the box it looks like the diffuser (glass portion) is almost flush to the ceiling. But on mine, i can see the whole metal electrical part, i thought this was all supposed to be cover by the glass portion, not on the surface.

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    1. reta

      Hi there,
      You’re supposed to see the white metal part. I like this light and have it on a dimmer with no buzzing sound. What I didn’t realize it that it is a “throw-away” light. There are no bulbs. Once it burns itself out, off to the garbage it goes. If it lasts as long as they say it does, it will be my children changing the fixture. 🙂

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  10. Rachael

    Hi,
    We were able to install the plate perfectly. Our problem is the diffuser. It will not stay in no matter way we do. It’s almost like the guidelines and screws don’t line up. No matter how far we turn it it just keeps going around and around and never catches.thoughts?

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    1. admin Post author

      I would turn the wrong way, pushing up, until it goes in (something clicks), then screw it in the right way, keeping the pressure up. I think that’s what I had to do with mine, although I don’t recall it being difficult. You may have a defective unit – anything’s possible, I guess. I know that mine is screwed on so tight I will probably have trouble getting the diffuser out when I need to. Good luck!

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  11. Claire

    Hello,

    I have 7 capped celling fixtures in my basement. I plan to purchase 7 of this light and have them install on one single dimmer switch? Is this possible at all? any suggestion is much appreciated. thanks.

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    1. admin Post author

      I don’t think that would be a problem at all, although I would contact an electrician to do the work and have a final say.

      Best regards!

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  12. Drew

    Hello from Montreal . A month ago I bought one “Moonraker” unit at COSTCO because I deemed it as a good value for the price . Renovation of stairs and living room are under way but I haven’t installed It yet . Today I went to get two more … To my surprise they do not have it anymore but there is a similar product under another name called ” Cloudraker” … What’s up, should I go and change my Moonraker for the Cloudrakers ? What is the difference between the two ? Thanks

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  13. Nick

    The cloudraker is 12 inches while the moonraker is 14 inches in diameter yet both are 1800 lumens. they were $39 in Calgary and up to 44 sometimes.

    I have lots of these in the house now. Because they should last 23 years, it doesn’t matter that they are disposable and I have many of them on a motion sensor so they aren’t being left on long, extending the life even more. I did have trouble finding a dimmer/occupancy sensor that works – a very frustrating experience! Leviton switches did not work as when they went out, the light stayed on at a very low level and they buzzed. Lutron maestro MSCL-OP153MH works well but is about $12 more but today I installed a Lutron in another location thinking I found the answer and now it’s buzzing very slightly, so I may swap it out for one of the non-buzzing ones. Lutron also dimmed lower than Leviton.

    I also have some on dimmers only and found that Cooper Lighting dimmers (2 pack for $31 at Rona) worked better than Leviton (haven’t tried Lutron dimmer-only) and produced little to no buzzing, yet some buzzed more than others.

    These lights make no noise at all if you are on just a switch or a Lutron occupancy sensor (without dimmer). If anyone has had any success with Cooper dimmers/occupancy sensors, let us know!

    BTW, if you need pot lights, the Cree downlights at home depot are awesome. Good CRI, they are warm 2700k so look like halogens they are replacing, absolutely quiet and work with existing non-led dimmers. But they don’t dim as low as halogens, not even close.

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  14. Danno

    My Moonraker just died. Flickered once a couple of nights ago as an early warning sign. Installed early summer, returned to Costco for a refund. Installed on non-dimmer circuit. Too bad as the light was great for our needs.
    Hardly an “immortal” light.

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  15. Jay dejesus

    Same here. It is now flickering after a few minutes. I installed this in March 2015. It’s only been a year. (Installed on non-dimmable circuit)

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    1. admin Post author

      It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the receipt; just bring the lamp to Costco and they should be able to find it using your membership number. Of course you need to have bought it using your membership.

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  16. enb54

    Just bought and installed 5 of these “MoonRaker” lights, and am very pleased with the results. No buzzing noises (yet) and very easy to install, just make sure that the diffuser is turned clockwise to tighten it to the base. These are very bright compared to the old 2 lamp fixtures they replaced, laundry, bath, closet, pantry and two in the kitchen/entry area. Purchased at Costco in Red Deer, AB for $39.95 each plus 5% tax.

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    1. admin Post author

      I’ve actually installed a Cloudraker, as well! It’ll be the subject of an upcoming article!

      Reply
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  18. Gina bend

    I installed that light and it died after 3 months. When it worked it was amazing and it just died. No thanks. Would love to know of a similar better product.

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  19. Colin Ross

    I love my Moonraker but the diffuser came off and the glass broke in a thousand tiny pieces. Is there any way to buy a replacement diffuser?
    I have mine on a Cooper dimmer and have not had any buzzing problems but at low light setting it will flicker.

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  20. Bem

    installed 3 moonrakers and 6 cloudrakers.
    the older Moonrakers much better light not as harsh as the new Cloudrakers in my opinion but putting a dimmer on cloudrakers make them the same quality light as moonrakers with the much added cost.
    Used Dimmer from Rona 2 pack cooper lighting. 4 cloudrakers on one dimmer line and all buzz below 20% from full power. These Cooper Dimmers recommended right on the LED cloudraker box.
    The other two cloudrakers on a separate dimmer from same package lights they too buzz.

    Funny bought Cree LED light bulbs from HD 3 years ago used recommended dimmers and lights buzzed or more of a ring. Disturbing in background. Now wonder if the manufactures pay to have their dimmers listed as seems Light manufacturers do not test. With cree after buying and testing three recommended Dimmers was told to use a $83.00 Dimmer. LEDs save you Money. –when?
    One of the Moonraker now within one year flash & strobe then fail (not on a dimmer). Future not looking good for all the time and money invested.
    Big Problem “cloudraker is 12 inches while the moonraker is 14 inches in diameter”.
    Markes on the ceiling from discontinued and failed Moonraker will not be covered over by a new Cloudraker so Call in a painter again. LEDs save you Money.. When. Ontario Hydro Bills keep going up.

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