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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!