With summer in full swing, at least in our part of the planet, great minds are turning to the question of how to keep cool for the next few months. Here in Florida, the AC is already cranked up, but even with the cool air flowing from the vents, it’s helpful to have a ceiling fan. A fan helps circulate the air to make a body feel cooler and it helps save on the electric bill too. If you live in a region where AC is not a requirement once you flip the calendar to June, ceiling fans are still a bonus for every room in the house. Throw open the windows and let the fans do their duty to stir the breeze!Read More
In yesterday’s blog, we visited with Dana of House Tweaking fame where she and her handy husband are tackling the major renovation of a 1950s brick rancher. Downsizing from a McMansion, as Dana calls her former home, the couple are making the most of their smaller space which helps them satisfy financial goals plus cuts the commute time for Dad so he can spend more time with their three kids.
Yesterday we saw the stunning renovation of the master bath which featured the Austin Wall Sconce over the vanity. The bath wasn’t the only room that needed new lighting.
“We didn’t keep any of the original lights so every space needed special attention,” Dana says. “In particular, though, it was important to me to have adequate light over the kitchen sink. A basic can light would have been functional, but I really wanted something that looked great too.” Dana chose a range sconce that we no longer carry, but if you want to get the same look, consider the Monarch Gooseneck which can be mounted on a straight arm much like Dana’s. The Monarch features a similar tall neck and a flared shade that has a plenty of modern industrial styling.
“The galvanized metal has an industrial look that I’m drawn to,” Dana explains. “The sconce projects far enough from the wall to light the sink and countertop but doesn’t compete with the trio of glass globe pendants hanging above the island.” Dana is lucky enough to have an electrician in the family who helped craft the overall lighting plan.
“I had heard of Barn Light Electric, but it was our electrician who recommended using BLE,” Dana says. “He said the store offered the style of lighting we wanted and the quality and craftsmanship he looks for.”
Along with the new light fixture, Dana chose our 48″ Commercial Grade Ceiling Fan in a white finish to round out the industrial vibe. This very affordable fan features painted steel blades with curved ends to deliver maximum airflow over wide areas — a great choice for this high ceiling. And while Dana still has a never-ending list of projects to complete, she is quite happy with the lighting progress thus far.
“They’re high quality, simple pieces that really modernize our ‘new’ old home,” she says. “We love them all!”
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In the tiny village of Olowalu on the island of Maui, a casual roadside café called Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop opened last November. With the style of an old plantation store, Leoda’s serves sandwiches, sweet and savory pies, fresh-baked breads, and salads made from local ingredients. The remodeled space was created by Jeremy Stoddart, project manager for VAI Studio. In addition to using reclaimed and recycled materials throughout, Jeremy chose a variety of barn lights, porcelain warehouse shades, rustic sconces, and commercial grade ceiling fans from Barn Light Electric to create the warm and welcoming atmosphere at Leoda’s.Read More
Over the past few months, Barn Light Electric has had the pleasure of taking you on an in-depth, virtual tour of the Orlando Vision House 2011. To refresh your memory, the Vision House is an energy and cost efficient home built in the College Park neighborhood of Orlando. This home features various ceiling fans and barn lighting from Barn Light Electric Company. By using commercial ceiling fans in common areas, the cooling costs of the Vision House can be reduced by as much as 50%! If that’s not a selling point, then we don’t know what is!Read More
A few weeks ago, you read about the upstairs patio on the Orlando Vision House 2011. Remember, the Outback Warehouse Shade? Ah yes, that one! Well todayâ€™s feature is another outdoor space on this Central Florida home. The downstairs porch is the epitome of a Florida home; just looking at it makes us ready for summer cookouts! The bright lounge chairs are perfect for dozing off in the warm sunshine while youâ€™re waiting for burgers and hot dogs to come off the grill.
Those Florida summers, although relaxing, can get pretty toasty – with temperatures reaching 100 degrees at some points in May, June, and July. Thankfully, the designers have chosen to position one of our commercial grade ceiling fans in the center of the porch. These commercial ceiling fans are perfect for outdoor environments where the weather is unpredictable â€“ you could be standing in the sunshine, and itâ€™s raining five feet to the left!
Now, even though they are named commercial ceiling fans, they are anything but limited to commercial environments. Weâ€™ve seen several fans along these lines throughout the Vision House, and for good reason. These commercial ceiling fans can reduce your cooling costs by 50%! Our recommendation? Check out the 56â€ Barn Ceiling Fan Commercial. The fan is constructed of durable, weather-resistant materials, such as aluminum and cast iron. The curved blades are guaranteed to provide maximum air distribution throughout a space up to 1,800 square feet.
If youâ€™re interested in something a bit more decorative for you home, check out our collection of Vintage Ceiling Fans. The classic styling of these fans will complement any design, whether it be industrial, traditional, or tropical. Many of these fans are also suited for indoor as well as outdoor use, and have the same durability of many of our commercial ceiling fans.Read More
We resume our in depth tour of the Vision House Orlando 2011 todayâ€¦
Like the other common areas of the Vision House, the living room’s design is kept simple yet highly stylish. The neutral wall color is complemented by a light green sectional sofa and off white armchair; even the large organic leaf on the wall gives this â€œgreenâ€ home a whole new meaning! A little bit of eccentricity is brought into the room by the rustic wooden coffee table â€“ notice the center support. It reads 32804, which is the Orlando Zip Code of the Vision House!
Last week we presented you with photos of the nursery and childrenâ€™s bedroom. You may remember the ceiling fan used in the nursery, and notice a similar feature between that shown today. The fan installed in the living room is a commercial ceiling fan, but it is perfect for residential use as well. Itâ€™s reversible motor is beneficial no matter the season â€“ whether it is working to keep the temperature even throughout the Orlando winter, or pushing the cool air downwards in the summer. Imagine relaxing in the armchair on a beautiful spring day with the windows open and fan spinning. Thankfully the commercial fan does not distract from the beautiful simplicity of the living room, but still proves its functionality – especially when this room is full of guests milling about.
Check out our affordable collection of commercial ceiling fans online, all of which are built for years of unequivocal use. These fans come with the option to add a fan guard if safety is your concern, or you want a more industrialized look from your fan. Also, think about adding a speed control to your order; these speed controls are handy when you are just too comfortable to get up!Read More