Rolling down the highways through the heart of the Kentucky bluegrass country, you are sure to spot an abundance of barns. Barns of all shapes and sizes dot the hillsides and farms where cattle, crops, and, yes, horses are tended each day.
If you’re lucky enough, you might spy a barn like David’s which sports a beautiful barn quilt painted on the side. The painting of quilts on barns began as a kind of grassroots, community art movement and there are thousands of these paintings all over the country. A website dedicated to the Barn Quilt Trails notes that there are about 800 barn quilts in Kentucky alone.Read More
Something about being at the beach makes everything more relaxed. Even commercial businesses that set up shop near the sand and salt air have a laid-back vibe whether they’re selling t-shirts or tires. The recently opened Yellow Dog Eats Kitchen & Bar in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, offers just such a casual place to enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine and a signature sandwich. And since it’s right up the coast, our photographer took advantage and traveled up to Yellow Dog to check out their new digs.Read More
So after browsing every website in cyberspace, reading your favorite designer’s blog, and wandering the aisles of your local stores, you finally found the perfect gooseneck light. Perhaps it’s a deep bowl gooseneck barn light, like our Wesco Gooseneck Light, that will bring a touch of modern styling to your space with a hint of the classic gas station lights of old. Or maybe a wide, shallow bowl shade that spreads the light evenly over a doorway.Read More
We love it when customers think outside the box when it comes to their lighting choices. While we offer a wide range of sizes, finish colors, and other options for customizing our American made lighting, some customers create a fresh, new look by choosing a style of light that is a departure from the norm.
Our friends at Nickelfish, in Mendham, New Jersey, recently updated their exterior signage and chose the Frontier Angle Shade to highlight their new black, sandblasted signs. The angled lights provide just the right amount of directed glow they need at night but don’t detract from the signage during the day.
Likewise, Krister Lile, owner of Plank Island Studio in Aberdeen, Washington, chose six Emblem Sign Lights in a handsome Bronze finish as he wanted to create a look that was professional and commercial while still comfortable and welcoming.
So while you might not expect to see angle shades anywhere outside a commercial venue, we have found several creative customers who thought otherwise.
“We know they are typically used for outdoor sign lighting, but we just love the old vintage feel they give,” explains Anisa. “We needed a sconce that would have a long enough arm to stick out past the shelf over the window and reflect back onto the collection of dishes. And the angle shade did just that! It was a risk worth taking!”
And when Sarah and her husband Matt built a new home on their 1,000-acre ranch in Oklahoma last year, she wanted to display a special canvas wrap of one of their engagement photos.
Not a fan of traditional artwork lighting, Sarah was browsing the Barn Light Electric website one day when she got the idea to use one of our gooseneck sign lights to highlight the photo. She chose the 10″ Emblem Shade Gooseneck Sign Light with a Bronze finish and customized this replica gas station light with a 15″ gooseneck arm to give just the right projection away from the rock fireplace.
Our Photo Gallery is a great place to be inspired by customers like these who have generously shared their photos with us. When you finish up your next lighting project, be sure to let us know. We’d love to see the results!
Photos courtesy of the business owners and homeowners as noted
Schoolhouse lighting was a staple in public buildings in the mid 20th century when bare light bulbs on cords were first covered by opaque glass shades. At the new Cooperstown Distillery, located in historic Cooperstown, New York, the owners remodeled an old warehouse and chose schoolhouse lights to give the space a distinctive mid century look.
“The building has served as a warehouse for carriage building, a Rotary meeting house, and most recently a grain storage building,” says Gene Marra, owner and distiller. “It took six months to prepare the space but the actual distillery business was five years in the making.”
A fully operational distillery producing the finest varietals of bourbon, gin and vodka, Cooperstown Distillery celebrates the history and culture of Cooperstown and America’s favorite pastime.
Gene chose the Primary Schoolhouse Stem Mount Pendant to highlight the main room which is used for special events such as weddings, dinners, fundraisers, private parties and even film fest screenings.
“We needed to light the warehouse-type space but wanted to add some nostalgic charm,” Gene says. “The schoolhouse pendants perfectly filled the void in the ‘air space’ and the black bands add a little pop. People notice and admire them more.” The large size ceiling pendants are customized with a galvanized stem and opaque painted bands of Black.
The American made Primary Schoolhouse Light features hand spun glass and a rugged stem mount that is suitable for damp locations.
Behind the bar, Gene chose 10″ Angle Shade Gooseneck Sign Lights to bring attention to their signage and logo.
“We chose the black goosenecks because they are very striking against our wood and stainless logo,” Gene says. “And since they’re mounted close to the ceiling, they cast plenty of light downward.” Inspired by vintage sign lights, these angled shades can handle up to a 200 watt bulb so they offer plenty of light for signs, landscaping, and other facade details.
“What we like most about our lights is that they are functional, reliable, attractive, and are of good quality,” Gene says. “They allowed us to add some character and nostalgia to our space without losing functionality.”
Photos courtesy of Cooperstown Distillery and Richard Walker PhotoRead More
Many business owners spend a lot of time and money on the signage and logo that define their brand. And why not? Your brand is a critical component of your business and the look that people come to identify with you and your product. But once you perfect the logo and install the perfect sign, the job is not quite finished.
Making sure the public can actually see the sign is the final step and one that requires thoughtful and appropriate exterior lighting. Our friends at Russell Automotive recently updated their logo and installed a new sign on their building in Apopka, Florida, just north of Orlando.Read More