When you hear the words LEED-certified, a brand new, modern structure filled with the latest green technology probably pops into your mind. One of the certification categories, however, is for existing buildings — those that are restored in an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient manner. The struggle comes in finding a balance between using modern technology while still honoring the vernacular of an older, and often historically significant, building.
When the good people behind the preservation of the Felt Estate in western Michigan made it their goal to have the Felt Mansion LEED certified, they knew LED lighting would be required.
“We are... Read More
Call me nostalgic, but I miss the days when the biggest decision you faced in the light bulb aisle was whether to buy 60 or 100 watts. Have you looked at light bulbs lately? There are literally hundreds to choose from with differences not only in wattage but in color, brightness, life expectancy, efficiency, and, of course, cost.
You can find plenty of information online about what all of these differences mean, but the one thing experts agree on is that LED lighting is, by far, the most efficient and longest-lasting option on the market.
But LEDs are expensive, you say. Actually, the price of LED lights has dropped dramatically in recent years, and the technology... Read More
When we revived the art of creating porcelain enamel lighting just a few years back, it was the first time in more than 50 years that porcelain enamel lights were once again being crafted in America. And while we often talk about the brilliant, high-gloss finish that the steel shades have when they roll out of our porcelain enamel oven, we don’t focus as much on the interior of the shade which is most often coated in bright white.
The look of a white interior goes back to the very roots of warehouse lighting. In the early 20th century, warehouse shades were suspended over factory tables and work stations to provide a wide span of light to workers. The white... Read More
When it came to designing and building his new home, our Featured Customer Charlie turned to the quintessential Vermont barn for inspiration.
“The design was based off a classic barn structure,” says Charlie. “Simple lines, but bold.” When he began his search for exterior lighting, he asked a friend, a timber framer in Massachusetts, for suggestions.
“When I described what I was looking for, he recommended Barn Light Electric without missing a beat.” Charlie chose four of our 16″ Original™ Warehouse Gooseneck Lights in a Black finish for the exterior of his new home. He chose a G2 gooseneck arm to provide plenty of height and projection, and he... Read More
If you’re in the market for commercial lighting, you’ve probably already done your research and know that it’s time to invest in LED lighting. You also probably know that most LED light fixtures can be, well, plain, unimaginative, and, dare we say, ugly? We are happy to tell you that, at long last, you can have quality and stylish vintage and barn style lighting with the latest in LED technology for the ultimate light fixture! You can indeed have it all – quality, American made lights plus the high efficiency, environmentally friendly aspects of LED bulbs.
If you’re new to LED technology, you may ask why LEDs are so desirable especially for commercial... Read More
What’s inside your business walls may seem more important than what’s outside, but the exterior lighting on your commercial building is often the first thing your customers see. Your exterior style sets the tone for your business and can either turn people off or draw them through the door. For Carrie, a Featured Customer in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, a great deal of time went into choosing the exterior lighting for her new business — the Stockbox Grocery.
“Our community had issues with the storefronts not having adequate lighting,” Carrie explains. “When we went to community meetings, the first thing they wanted to know about our... Read More