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
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
Some people actually park their car in the garage. Not in my garage, of course, which currently holds countless storage bins, five bikes, two kayaks, assorted sports equipment, and 1,000 board feet of red oak that’s drying out.
Today’s Featured Customer, who has chosen to remain anonymous in this post, has a garage that actually houses cars. As an empty nester in northern New Jersey whose kids flew the coop more than 10 years ago, he decided to install pavers in the driveway and remove the old basketball backboard attached to the front of the garage. He also took the opportunity to add electricity to the space and added a garage door opener. The finishing... 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
‘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
If you’re leaf peeping this fall and enjoying a drive through the countryside, you may find more than nature’s brilliant display of gold and crimson. Depending on where you live, you may very well find an old barn or two still providing shelter for cows and crops. Many of these old structures have classic gooseneck barn lighting that was popular back in the early 20th century. These American-made fixtures typically had wide, warehouse-style shades that directed the light downward onto the ground and over doorways making it easier for farmers to see without a lot of glare.
These sturdy gooseneck lights are popular once again thanks to the resurgence... Read More