Rolling down the highways through the heart of the Kentucky bluegrass country, you are sure to spot an abundance of barns. Barns of all shapes and sizes dot the hillsides and farms where cattle, crops, and, yes, horses are tended each day.
If you’re lucky enough, you might spy a barn like David’s which sports a beautiful barn quilt painted on the side. The painting of quilts on barns began as a kind of grassroots, community art movement and there are thousands of these paintings all over the country. A website dedicated to the Barn Quilt Trails notes that there are about 800 barn quilts in Kentucky alone.Read More
The finishing touch to any space can take many forms — a perfect throw pillow on a new couch, hand-crafted drawer pulls on kitchen cabinets, a stunning sign light over a piece of artwork. The finishing touch is what takes a project from simply finished to simply fantastic.
For a commercial business owner, functional and aesthetic sign lighting is often the finishing touch that brings together the many details on a façade — name, logo, awnings, landscaping – to create a cohesive look and offer a safe, inviting atmosphere to draw customers inside.Read More
We love it when customers think outside the box when it comes to their lighting choices. While we offer a wide range of sizes, finish colors, and other options for customizing our American made lighting, some customers create a fresh, new look by choosing a style of light that is a departure from the norm.
Our friends at Nickelfish, in Mendham, New Jersey, recently updated their exterior signage and chose the Frontier Angle Shade to highlight their new black, sandblasted signs. The angled lights provide just the right amount of directed glow they need at night but don’t detract from the signage during the day.
Likewise, Krister Lile, owner of Plank Island Studio in Aberdeen, Washington, chose six Emblem Sign Lights in a handsome Bronze finish as he wanted to create a look that was professional and commercial while still comfortable and welcoming.
So while you might not expect to see angle shades anywhere outside a commercial venue, we have found several creative customers who thought otherwise.
“We know they are typically used for outdoor sign lighting, but we just love the old vintage feel they give,” explains Anisa. “We needed a sconce that would have a long enough arm to stick out past the shelf over the window and reflect back onto the collection of dishes. And the angle shade did just that! It was a risk worth taking!”
And when Sarah and her husband Matt built a new home on their 1,000-acre ranch in Oklahoma last year, she wanted to display a special canvas wrap of one of their engagement photos.
Not a fan of traditional artwork lighting, Sarah was browsing the Barn Light Electric website one day when she got the idea to use one of our gooseneck sign lights to highlight the photo. She chose the 10″ Emblem Shade Gooseneck Sign Light with a Bronze finish and customized this replica gas station light with a 15″ gooseneck arm to give just the right projection away from the rock fireplace.
Our Photo Gallery is a great place to be inspired by customers like these who have generously shared their photos with us. When you finish up your next lighting project, be sure to let us know. We’d love to see the results!
Photos courtesy of the business owners and homeowners as noted
Many business owners spend a lot of time and money on the signage and logo that define their brand. And why not? Your brand is a critical component of your business and the look that people come to identify with you and your product. But once you perfect the logo and install the perfect sign, the job is not quite finished.
Making sure the public can actually see the sign is the final step and one that requires thoughtful and appropriate exterior lighting. Our friends at Russell Automotive recently updated their logo and installed a new sign on their building in Apopka, Florida, just north of Orlando.Read More
Any professional will tell you that repeat clients are often the best. A relationship has been established, personal nuances ironed out, and it’s like old friends getting together to discuss a new project. Krister Lile, owner of Plank Island Studio in Aberdeen, Washington, was thrilled to hear from his friends at the West Coast Hearing Clinic when the need arose for some commercial sign lighting at their new location.
“We overhauled the public portion of their home a few years ago and when they began exploring a new location, they brought us in to make everything work in terms of design,” Krister says. The project is a back alleyway where the owners and staff park and where HVAC and garbage service take place. The clients wanted everyone to feel safe coming and going plus they wanted the alley to look as pulled together as the rest of the property.
“You can see this particular face of the building for blocks so the alley was just as important to them in terms of aesthetics and character as the rest of the building,” Krister explains. “We needed a look for the sign lighting that was professional and commercial while comfortable and welcoming but not residential.”
“It was a matter of getting the perfect evenness of light on the sign with just enough glow around and reflecting off the sign into the parking area without seeing any hot spots,” Krister says. “We installed a threesome over the sign then mirrored that at the other end of the building where they work more as wall washers than actually lighting a sign.”
Over the door, Krister chose an Original™ Gooseneck Light which, as he says, was a no-brainer. He chose a 14″ shade in the same Bronze finish as the Emblem Shades.
“It’s the perfect look. Simple round and broad light distribution going downward, and, from a distance, provides a more interesting rhythm of nighttime light in terms of the whole composition,” he notes, adding that he chose Bronze because it was dark enough that the fixtures look very solid without having to use black fixtures.
“I think the clients love not thinking about the fixtures,” Krister says. “It’s almost obvious — like they have always been there. Light is everywhere it should be and nowhere it shouldn’t.”
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When we first visited Nickelfish back in a February 2012 post, this interactive design and marketing company in Mendham, New Jersey, had just finished renovating their office space with our Outback Gooseneck Lights and Outback Pendants. Located in the Thomas Wolfe House, the office is in the Mendham Historic Business District and looks very much as it did in the 1930s when barn lights were first being manufactured. Today, Nickelfish has expanded their operations into the building next door, explains Kelly Mills, office manager for Nickelfish.Read More