We’re starting a new feature on the blog today to give our readers an inside peek at what happens behind the doors at Barn Light Manufacturing. When we celebrated the grand opening of our new 50,000-square-foot facility in October 2013, our 100-plus employees were thrilled with the new digs and the expanded space to do their work.
Today, we visit with James, our lead metal spinner, who hails from West Virginia. He traded work in the coal mines for sunny Florida and has been spinning metal for Barn Light Electric for almost three years.
“James knew nothing about spinning when he came to work for the company and after a few short months, he was producing... Read More
Back in the day, it was all about the quality. That’s the number one reason why the founders of Barn Light Electric used to scour estate sales and old buildings looking for vintage lighting. The companies that created lighting back in the early 20th century did not scrimp on materials or use cheap labor to save a buck. Companies like Pass & Seymour that created classic Alabax Lighting Fixtures, porcelain ceramic lights crafted to be attractive, simple, easy to clean, and, above all, long lasting.
We celebrate the beauty and simple lines of Alabax lighting with the launch of our own Kao Collection. Inspired by the ceramic lighting fixtures and canopies... Read More
We spent much of the 1970s and ’80s being bombarded with the message that new is better than old. Lease a new car then turn it in and get another new one. Use a new plastic bottle each day instead of filling up a glass. Luckily, there’s been a significant shift of late towards preserving the past. Upcycling, reusing, and repurposing are no longer fringe concepts but words to live by!
Like many people, we love finding old treasures like vintage barn lights. Ones that have been in use for decades and, with a little TLC, can be made like new again for many more years of service. Barn Light Electric grew from the excitement of finding old lighting fixtures made... Read More
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
Whitney describes the last 14 years of her life as living in a sea of beige. When she moved to Austin, Texas, from Arizona, she wanted her new home to have color and texture with more of a barn/farm/rustic look.
“It’s Texas Hill Country with a little bit of lodge and farmhouse thrown in for good measure,” Whitney says. “I like to call it ‘farmhouse chic.'” When she and her husband began the building process, she turned to Pinterest for lighting inspiration.
“I found Barn Light Electric on Pinterest and fell in love. At that point, I knew I wanted barn lighting for the exterior,” she notes. For the front door, Whitney... Read More
Working from home has its perks. Absolutely. If you’re a blogger or a consultant or anyone who works from a home office, you probably have people tell you all the time how lucky you are. In reality, no matter what you do, the job has its downsides. You can never really escape the office because it’s always right there.
Our good friend Sommer Collier, food and travel blogger on A Spicy Perspective, worked out of her home for more than four years, mostly in the kitchen but also from a small office just off the busiest room in the house. Last fall, Sommer decided a change was in order.
“I loved having my office so close to the kitchen, however the... Read More