The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays thanks to warm weather, plenty of good food, and no presents to wrap. It’s a great day to celebrate our nation’s birthday with family and friends, and maybe take advantage of a sale or two. The annual Barn Light Electric Fourth of July Sale is in full swing and you can save 10% storewide*. We have launched so many new products this spring, you are sure to find the perfect pendant, wall sconce, or table lamp for your home or office. One of our most popular deep bowl pendant lights, the Wesco, got a new look with an uplighting feature. The Wesco Uplight Cord Hung Pendant comes in four shade sizes including a bountiful 18″ size that would make a dynamic statement over the dining room table. The Wesco Uplight is also available in a chain hung mount, a stem mount and as a gooseneck light. So how did the Father’s Day gifts go over last month? It’s not too late to surprise the man in your life with some rugged industrial lighting for the garage, workshop, or home office. The Brewster Pendant exudes manliness with its clean cut, streamline style straight from the Atomic Age. American made from commercial grade materials, this modern ring pendant can be customized with one of more than two dozen finish colors plus cording and glass options. It’s also available as an LED pendant! And if you’re looking for the very latest in LED lighting, you’ve found it in our Rustic LED collection. Utilizing compact LED technology from Cree, a leader in creative LED technology, these fixtures feature an LED light source that is guaranteed to provide a minimum of 50,000 hours of light. Save time and money on energy and maintenance costs and no more bulbs to change! This Brisbane LED Cord Hung Pendant can be customized to your specifications with finish, guard, glass, and cording options to create a look to complement your kitchen, porch, or living space. American made, hand crafted to last for years, and easy on the environment. Learn more about our new rustic LED collection here and have a safe and happy 4th of July! LED Cast Guard Fixtures by Barn Light Electric from Barn Light Electric on Vimeo.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.Read More
Day One of LightFair International 2014 is in the books and the word that keeps coming up is WOW!
Of course, we love lighting and are immersed in it each and every day. But it’s an incredible experience to be surrounded by thousands of other people who love lighting as much as we do! Not only love the classic styles but also the new trends and discovering new ways to customize fixtures and make them even more durable, beautiful, and energy efficient.Read More
The words “location, location, location” may bring to mind a home perched on a mountaintop with a stunning view. Or a beer-and-brat stand right outside the gates of a university. Location is everything, especially in commercial operations, and the recent opening of Shiloh’s Steak and Seafood right here in our hometown of Titusville, Florida, bears witness to that.
Located on the scenic Indian River, the owners of Shiloh’s recently remodeled a former restaurant and focused on bringing the idyllic view front and center so patrons could enjoy not only wonderful fare, but also the fresh breezes, boat traffic, and wildlife cruising by outside.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
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