Like many new inventions, the automobile was, at first, an expensive novelty accessible only to the wealthy. When production techniques improved, the automobile became more affordable for the masses in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The ability to travel, day or night, opened up a whole new era of freedom. As automobile sales increased, as did the subsequent demand for fuel, roadside filling stations began popping up offering not only fuel but service for those with a flat tire or mechanical difficulties.
Standard Oil of California was the first to open a chain of service stations on the West Coast. They probably looked something like this illustration from an... Read More
The bright yellow wall sconce grabbed Michelle’s attention. Contemplating a major remodel of her home in San Clemente, California, Michelle was flipping through HGTV Magazine when she spied a Barn Light Electric Wesco Sconce.
“It was bright yellow in the picture and I LOVED it!” Michelle says. “I loved the simple lines. It was fun and playful but timeless. I thought it would blend with both traditional and modern finishes.” Michelle describes her home as beautiful but very modern and geometric and a little more formal than fit their lifestyle.
“It was too nice. Our day-to-day is much more casual and I’m an East Coaster at... Read More
When Brian’s dad built a home back in the late 1970s, he incorporated many reclaimed materials such as stained glass windows from an English church, porcelain gas station lights for the garage, and a Texaco Sky chief gas pump from the 1920s.
“There was no manufacturer of reproduction lights in those days so he had to use original lighting and craft his own goosenecks using galvanized plumbing pipe,” Brian says. When Brian started building his own home in Wake Forest, North Carolina last year, he followed his father’s lead to include reclaimed materials to give the home the feel of an original farmhouse but with modern... Read More
So as you wander the aisles of the big box store looking for an inflatable reindeer for the front yard, you spot a pretty cool light for the front door.
Too bad it only comes as a pendant, not a wall sconce.
When you find the perfect light fixture here at Barn Light Electric, chances are pretty good that you can customize it to your heart’s content. Take the Seaside Radial Wave Reflector for instance. This delightfully wavy shade is hand crafted right here in our own manufacturing facility, and we have a laundry list of options for you to choose from.
So how do I customize thee? Let me count the ways….
The Wheeler™ Seaside Radial Wave Reflector is... Read More
It’s been a wild and wacky winter so far and, technically, it’s not even winter yet! In some parts of the southeast, there was snow on November 1st yet temps reached into the 70s on December 1st. You just never know what winter may bring unless you live in Woodstock, Vermont, like our friend Sophia, where you are pretty much guaranteed to have your fair share of snow and ice this time of year.
And when you have wild winters, you need outdoor lighting that can stand up to Mother Nature. Sophia recently updated some of the exterior lighting on her historic home which was built in 1840. An addition was put on in the 1990s, and Sophia bought the... Read More
‘Tis the season to give thanks and here at Barn Light Electric we have much to be thankful for including our family of employees and countless customers around the globe who share our love for vintage-inspired, American-made lighting.
Our annual Thanksgiving Sale starts today and we’re offering 10 percent off for the next six days. Plenty of time to eat turkey, watch football, and check out all the latest offerings in our ever-growing collection of hand-crafted lighting!
It’s a great time to save on almost everything we offer from LED lights, copper, and outdoor lighting to industrial pendants, wall sconces, and schoolhouse lighting. Easy to... Read More