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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!

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.