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
We love looking through our old lighting catalogs here and often marvel at how things have changed in the lighting industry in the last 100 years. In the early 1900s, workers in factories, warehouses, and production plants often struggled with inadequate lighting offered by the bare bulb pendants of the day. The work was hard, slow, and often dangerous, simply because of the working environment.
Companies such as Benjamin, Goodrich, Crouse-Hinds, and Appleton stepped up and began designing a new style of industrial lighting for these spaces — crafting wide, shallow bowl RLM shades spun from steel then coated with porcelain enamel glass. The companies touted... Read More
Whether you’re working on a small laundry room remodel or a multi-million dollar commercial build, an inspiration board is often the birthplace of great design. Many architects, interior designers, and even homeowners start with simple sketches, color swatches, and pins from Pinterest that inspire them as they plan out their new space.
An inspiration board created by Jacobs Global Building Design in Philadelphia led to the new look of Saxbys, a coffee house located in Peddlers Village, a 42-acre development in Buckingham, Pennsylvania.
“Louis Chang and Devyn O’Neill of Jacobs started with an inspiration board which basically looked at the space and... Read More
When you’ve been in the interior design business for almost 20 years, you’ve seen just about everything. For Kristina Rinaldi, of Rinaldi Interior Design in New York, the demand from a contractor to come up with seven wall sconces in a day was not exactly unusual.
“Things were kind of sprung on me during this project,” Kristina says, “but fortunately my brain is conditioned and full of so many resources because it does happen often.” For this “I need it yesterday” situation, Kristina turned to Barn Light Electric for a fast delivery of seven Wheeler™ Wilcox Wall Sconces. The project was a complete rebuild of a home in... 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