If you’re leaf peeping this fall and enjoying a drive through the countryside, you may find more than nature’s brilliant display of gold and crimson. Depending on where you live, you may very well find an old barn or two still providing shelter for cows and crops. Many of these old structures have classic gooseneck barn lighting that was popular back in the early 20th century. These American-made fixtures typically had wide, warehouse-style shades that directed the light downward onto the ground and over doorways making it easier for farmers to see without a lot of glare.
These sturdy gooseneck lights are popular once again thanks to the resurgence... Read More
Sometimes a space just cries out for the perfect light. But when interior designer Kyle Baker surveyed the space being remodeled for Velo City Cycles in Holland, Michigan, he wanted more than just one perfect light. He found Barn Light Electric’s Sky Chief Porcelain Enamel Light — and bought 39 of them.
“I didn’t want the ceiling to be heavy, and the white enamel finish looks more light and airy,” Kyle says. “The pendants match the industrial aesthetic the client was looking for and they were on sale.” Kyle selected the 16″ shade which was part of our selection of discounted porcelain enamel lighting. These fixtures come... Read More
We love it when customers share photos of their lighting renovations with us, and when Becki Anderson of Liberty, Missouri, recently posted photos to our Facebook page, it was big news indeed! Becki’s home was featured on the cover of the Summer issue of VintageKC magazine! The feature showcased the six-month remodeling that Becki and husband Steve tackled when they bought the 115-year-old home.
The cover shot is of Becki’s kitchen where the couple chose classic Warehouse Shade Stem Mount Pendants over the island and a matching Warehouse Shade Gooseneck Light for highlighting the apron-front sink.
“The overall design direction of our kitchen is a... Read More
With the US economy still struggling six years after the recession took hold, more consumers than ever are focusing on American made products. From locally grown foods and craft beer to clothing and yes, even barn lighting, consumers are realizing that the American-made label translates not only to jobs but to an amazing range of quality products. There is even a growing movement, reported today by CNBC, among American manufacturers to create and export their products as part of a strategic growth plan.
Here at Barn Light Electric, we are proud to be the only company in America hand crafting porcelain enamel lighting. Once a staple of the lighting industry back in... Read More
Some people look at an old building and see nothing but a future demolition site. Architects often see much more.
When Andrew Van Leeuwen, partner and lead architect with BUILD in Seattle, Washington, first spied the future home of Creative LIVE in San Francisco, he could tell the building had undergone a series of unfortunate remodels. But the building’s original “grit and texture” survived, and the BUILD team worked painstakingly to revive the historical charm of this 1920s-era industrial brick building.
Creative LIVE is a live-broadcast, online classroom breaking the mold of traditional learning with photographers, musicians, artists, and other... Read More
Schoolhouse lighting was a staple in public buildings in the mid 20th century when bare light bulbs on cords were first covered by opaque glass shades. At the new Cooperstown Distillery, located in historic Cooperstown, New York, the owners remodeled an old warehouse and chose schoolhouse lights to give the space a distinctive mid century look.
“The building has served as a warehouse for carriage building, a Rotary meeting house, and most recently a grain storage building,” says Gene Marra, owner and distiller. “It took six months to prepare the space but the actual distillery business was five years in the making.”
A fully operational distillery... Read More