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.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.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 producing the finest varietals of bourbon, gin and vodka, Cooperstown Distillery celebrates the history and culture of Cooperstown and America’s favorite pastime.
Gene chose the Primary Schoolhouse Stem Mount Pendant to highlight the main room which is used for special events such as weddings, dinners, fundraisers, private parties and even film fest screenings.
“We needed to light the warehouse-type space but wanted to add some nostalgic charm,” Gene says. “The schoolhouse pendants perfectly filled the void in the ‘air space’ and the black bands add a little pop. People notice and admire them more.” The large size ceiling pendants are customized with a galvanized stem and opaque painted bands of Black.
The American made Primary Schoolhouse Light features hand spun glass and a rugged stem mount that is suitable for damp locations.
Behind the bar, Gene chose 10″ Angle Shade Gooseneck Sign Lights to bring attention to their signage and logo.
“We chose the black goosenecks because they are very striking against our wood and stainless logo,” Gene says. “And since they’re mounted close to the ceiling, they cast plenty of light downward.” Inspired by vintage sign lights, these angled shades can handle up to a 200 watt bulb so they offer plenty of light for signs, landscaping, and other facade details.
“What we like most about our lights is that they are functional, reliable, attractive, and are of good quality,” Gene says. “They allowed us to add some character and nostalgia to our space without losing functionality.”
Photos courtesy of Cooperstown Distillery and Richard Walker PhotoRead More
This sad little sconce with its slender gooseneck arm was once shiny and new but even under the protection of the front porch, it rusted away. The homeowner or builder was probably watching the budget closely by the time the exterior lighting came into play and the choice was made to scrimp on quality. Just because you’re on a tight budget or a tight timeframe doesn’t mean you have to rush out to the closest big-box store and buy a cheap light! The Barn Light Electric line of Discount Barn Lighting has many fixtures to choose from including the Barn Light Warehouse Sconce which looks very much like this rusted light — without the rust of course!
The Barn Light Warehouse Sconce is one of our most popular designs thanks to its universal appeal. It looks great in hallways and bathrooms but is perfect for outdoor applications as well thanks to its rating for wet locations. To reduce the costs of this classic light, you will notice a small reduction in options and features, but as always, we guarantee that our discount lighting has been made using high quality materials that allow for years of use.
Looking for a more traditional gooseneck fixture? Then check out the All Weather Gooseneck Warehouse Shade which comes in both 12″ and 14″ sizes and five time-honored finish colors. Six of our most popular gooseneck arm sizes are also available for this fixture which would make a handsome addition to the garage, workshop, or back deck. And don’t miss the selections in our Outdoor Farm Lights collection that includes the streamlined look of the Farm & Barn All Weather Warehouse Wall Mount Light. This rugged fixture would perform well in any outdoor location including commercial settings, but we’ve also seen it installed in bathrooms and over the kitchen sink. This style of discount lighting is even kept in stock, for those of you that need a wall mounted light in a pinch!Read More