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Artika Cloudraker LED Ceiling Light from Costco: Product Review

If you are a regular reader of this blog, or have done any research on Artika lighting products, you have come across my gloving review of the Artika Moonraker I did some months ago. What I said before still holds true, and I still love my Moonraker. However, what usually happens at Costco happened, and when came the time to install a new LED Ceiling Light, Costco was out of them. Fortunately, they had a replacement, the Artika Cloudraker LED Ceiling Light. The price was $39.99, comparable to what I had paid for the Moonraker about a year earlier.

Artika Cloudraker LED Ceiling Light

Artika Cloudraker LED Ceiling Light (front of box)

Visually speaking, there are not many differences between the Moonraker and the newer Cloudraker. The main difference, as near as I can tell, is that the part that screws in the ceiling, where the actual LED lights are, is between 1 and 2 inches smaller in diameter on the Cloudraker. This means that the diffuser flares out from the base slightly, which is quite nice. Have a look at what the Cloudraker looks like installed.

Artika Cloudraker LED Ceiling Light (installed)

Artika Cloudraker LED Ceiling Light (installed)

Because of the shape of the diffuser, there is a cool ceiling back-lighting effect taking place when you light it up, and it contributes to making the room even brighter than it otherwise would be with the light on.

Artika Cloudraker LED Ceiling Light (back of the box)

Artika Cloudraker LED Ceiling Light (back of the box)

Here are the Cloudraker’s main feature, as assigned and attributed by the back of the box, above.

  • High power, which at 29 watts for an LED fixture, is true
  • Dimmable light – more on that later
  • Immortal Light (that their trademark for their 25,000 hour light)
  • 1800 lumens
  • No maintenance
  • Low energy consumption, thanks to LED lights

One of the lice things about this fixture is that they seem to have gotten the message about their lights humming when installed with certain dimmers – please see the comments in the Moonraker review.  They have printed on the box the recommended dimmers from major manufacturers, which would presumably work best with the Cloudraker, and avoid that annoying humming. Mine is not on a dimmer, so let me know in the comments if these are working out for you, or if you have any success (or not!) with other dimmers.

Artika Cloudraker LED Ceiling Light (box content)

Artika Cloudraker LED Ceiling Light (box content)

I took this picture to show the contents of the box, but this is really self-explanatory. The fixture comes with the screws to attach it to any standard box, as well as the screw-caps to cover the wires when you connect them. Installation took about 10 minutes, which includes the time that was needed to remove the previous, awful fixture.

Inside the  Artika Cloudraker LED Ceiling Light

Inside the Artika Cloudraker LED Ceiling Light

Here is the inside of the LED light fixture. As you can see, there are – hopefully – no moving parts, and nothing that you should be worried about replacing. I’m hopeful that I’ll manage to get my 25,000 hour’s worth of lighting, but even if it was only half that, it would still be OK.

So far, I’m very satisfied with my Artika Cloudraker LED Ceiling Light, which I purchased, as always, from Costco. Here what I got from it:

  • Affordable: Less than $40 at Costco
  • Easy to install: Less than 10 minutes
  • Pleasant warm glow
  • Long lasting and reliable – so far
  • Easy on the electric bill

Let me know in the comments what you think about this Cloudraker, and how it compares for you, to Moonraker. Thanks for reading and feel free to ask any questions you ma have, I’ll be happy to answer to the best of my knowledge!

Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse at Costco: Product Review

There is an increasing number of products designed by Artika in my local Costco. Most of those are lamps and ceiling fixtures, such as the really cool LED Moonraker, but there are other products, such as the Aqua Bay sink. Their latest product to catch my eye is the beautiful Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse, or “The” Crystal Ellipse, as the packaging would have it. The light fixture I have in my dinning room is pretty ordinary, and I am seriously considering a change. A full-size, chandelier-type indoor light for the very attractive price of $174.99, including all the light bulbs, is quite the good deal, especially for something this classy.

Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse

Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse

This very nice laser-cut light fixture measures 31.5 inches long, so almost 3 feet, by 11.8 inches at its widest point, by 8.7 inches high. It features hanging crystals on the inside, as well as no less than nine 40W G9 bulbs, which are included in the package. A quick search on Amazon tells me that each of these bulbs cost about $5 each, if you’re buying LED bulbs, which you should. That’s a savings of $45, right there.

Also included is all the hardware required to install the Crystal Ellipse. Most people would probably get an electrician to install it, but any enterprising man – or woman – could most certainly do it, as my experience with the Moonraker attests to.

Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse (box)

Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse (box)

While the Ampere Crystal Ellipse will probably be installed mainly in dining rooms – it has that look, it could easily be installed in any other room in the house, such as the bedroom, the living room or even the entrance. Of course, this type of modern design requires a certain type of furniture and decor to go with it, or else it could look out of place.

Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse (specs)

Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse (specs)

Another nice feature about the Artika Crystal Ellipse is the fact that the length of the hanging wires is easily adjustable, so it won’t hang right in front of your eyes at the diner table, or anywhere else for that matter. The maximum cable length is 1 meter, or 39.4 inches, which is more than enough even for houses with very high ceilings.

I’ve not yet purchased the Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse, but I find it so attractive I just had to share. I will be purchasing it soon and installing it in our entrance, so I’ll be sure to update this article when I do. Thanks for reading, and feel free to share your experiences with the Crystal Ellipse in the comments section below!

Artika Champagne Track LED Rail Light at Costco

I know that a lot of people don’t necessarily think about Costco when they are considering new lighting or home decor options, but the fact is that they have started to offer a lot more new products in store, which compare extremely advantageously to items offered at Home Depot and other big box stores. Since today we’ll be looking at the Artika Champagne Track LED Rail Light, available at Costco, I thought it would be worthwhile to see what is available at Home Depot, using the ‘Rail Light‘ search.

Artika Champagne Track DEL Rail Light

Artika Champagne Track DEL Rail Light display at Costco

The Artika Champagne Track LED Rail Light, which includes the 5 LED lights, costs only $114.99 at Costco, in Canadian Dollars. Considering that the lights only can cost as much as $7 each, or more, this is a really fantastic deal, in keeping with the other products Artika and Costco have been offering recently, notably the Ampere Moonraker Ceiling Light.

Artika Champagne Track DEL Rail Light Specs

Artika Champagne Track DEL Rail Light Specs

As you can see in the image on the left, the features and benefits of the integrated LED rail light fixture are many, and include:

  • Integrated 5W LED per light
  • Dimmable fixture, which is a huge plus
  • Modern and Robust Design
  • Chrome -plated finish
  • Easy installation
  • Includes hardware

The overall size of the LED Rail Light fixture is 39.4 x 5 x 7, all in inches, so just over 3 feet long, which is great for a 5-light fixture.

The five 5W lights provide a total illumination power of 1600 lumens, which is very acceptable; moreover, the color of the light falls into the ‘warm’ range, or yellow, which, at least for me, is absolutely crucial. I cannot deal with the cold, white daylight-type lights. Indoor lights should be yellow. I also very much appreciate the dimmable feature of this rail light, as you may not need the 1600 lumens at all times.

When it comes to the design and the chrome-plated finish, well, to each is own. I really like the look of the rail, nice and straight, with the bubbly ‘Champagne’ style diffusers on the individual lights, but I realize it may not fit in all settings.

What is certain, however, and based on my previous experience with Artika products, is that this light fixture will be easy to install. I’m thinking less than 30 minutes, everything included, but I’ll let you know once I’ve bought and installed it! The convenience of the included hardware is also though to beat: nothing is more annoying than buying something, getting home, then going to the hardware store again for more stuff.

Overall, the Artika Champagne Track LED Rail Light, available at Costco for only $114.99 plus applicable taxes, seems like a great deal, particularly when compared to the competition. The Costco item number in Canada is 464432, so if your Costco doesn’t have it, make sure to ask where is the closest place you can find it!

Artika C7 Vertical Indoor Outdoor Light Fixture at Costco

Please note that this is not a product review per se, since I have not purchased the product in question. Following the tremendous response I got from my previous ceiling light product review for the Ampere Moonraker, I though that I would bring your attention to the Artika C7 Vertical Indoor or Outdoor Light Fixture, of the Vertical Stream Collection, which is currently available at Costco.

I say ‘currently’ because Costco being Costco, these light fixtures are likely to disappear overnight, and I know that they are extremely popular. The Artika C7 Vertical Outdoor / Indoor Light Fixtures are sold for $33.99, Canadian dollars, and are available in both stainless steel and black finish, although this is likely to vary by warehouse. There is a single SKU for both finishes, so you are at the mercy of what the distributor decided to ship to Costco, and in what quantities.

Artika C7 Indoor Outdoor Vertical Light Fixture (Stainless Steel Finish)

Artika C7 Indoor Outdoor Vertical Light Fixture (Stainless Steel Finish)

If you need these types of lights, I would suggest getting them as quickly as possible, and to overstock. You can always return the unused lamps later, thanks to Costco’s generous return policy.

Artika C7 Indoor Outdoor Vertical Light Fixture (Black Finish)

Artika C7 Indoor Outdoor Vertical Light Fixture (Black Finish)

These small but relatively powerful light fixtures are 11.2 inches high, 3.3 inches wide and only 4.8 inches in depth, meaning that they can be installed almost anywhere as an accent, either indoors or out. They are made of aluminium and stainless steel (even the one with the black finish) and as such, are weather-proof and rust-proof.

Artika C7 Indoor Outdoor Vertical Light Fixture (Box)

Artika C7 Indoor Outdoor Vertical Light Fixture (Box)

If you’re at your Costco and you’re looking for these lights, you should be able to find them in the central section, towards the back with the seasonal stuff. If you can’t find them, you’re probably too late, but you can just ask one of the employees near the cashes to look in the system for you. The item number is 498800. At worst, they’ll tell you in which Costco they still have some.

Artika C7 Indoor Outdoor Vertical Light Fixture (Specs)

Artika C7 Indoor Outdoor Vertical Light Fixture (Specs)

These Artika C7 Light Fixtures claim to be easy to install and assemble, and based on previous experience with Artika products, I would be inclined to take their word for it, even though I’ve not done it myself – I don’t need them. These light fixtures will need two GU10 bulbs, of a maximum of 50 Watts each, which are not included.

If you’re interested in attractive, quality and low-cost light fixtures, you could do worst than Costco’s Artika C5 Indoor / Outdoor light fixtures, with 3-way stream. Just make sure to hurry to buy them before they run out, otherwise you’ll have to wait until next spring!