I know it’s July and the school bell will remain silent for six more weeks, but there’s no time like the present for a little education.
No groaning please. Education is information and information is key when you’re looking to invest in lighting. Let’s face it. You can go to your local big-box store and spend $20 on a look-alike wall sconce that came from China. But considering it only costs you $20 and it had to be shipped overseas, how much money do you think actually went into the materials? Not much. Which is why most “inexpensive” lights rust almost immediately or fall apart at the first hint of use.Read More
Industrial wall lighting was once all about function. Warehouses and factories needed rugged lights that made the working environment safer and could stand up to the harsh conditions where they were installed. The original guard-and-glass type fixtures and vapor proof lights were designed to protect the bulb from the hazardous work environments of the day.
These classic industrial designs are wildly popular today not only because of their rugged nature, but because these handsome wall lights can be customized to suit almost any style of home or commercial brand. You don’t have to settle for basic black or galvanized anymore!Read More
They say the devil is in the details. Not sure who “they” are, but I tend to agree! The details, like those last few items on your punch list that the contractor just can’t seem to finish, can drive people to distraction when trying to complete any task. The last two percent can be the most difficult.
When your task is selecting new lighting for your home or office, getting the details right can mean the difference between ending up with a basic fixture or one that adds the wow factor you want when you walk into the room.Read More
Do you, like so many other homeowners, love the industrial look? Even if you don’t live in a trendy Manhattan loft or a downtown Seattle condo, you can still get the rugged industrial look with careful dècor choices.
While many major details contribute to the overall industrial look of a place — including an open floor plan, concrete floors or counter tops, wood beams, duct work, or exposed brick — you can add some industrial flair with furniture, lighting, and other accessories that don’t require a major remodel.Read More
The rustic, lived-in look of an industrial farmhouse kitchen is enhanced by so many little touches. In this kitchen, the raw, exposed beam gives a nod to the origins of the structure while the beadboard cabinetry and the well-worn, wide-planked wood flooring give the space a relaxed and comfortable feel. The darker color of the countertops and the small kitchen island add a hint of elegance as does the delicate vintage pendant hanging by the window.
This pendant is much like our Magnolia Pendant which has its roots in Colonial and Victorian building styles. This exquisite fixture adds the perfect touch of light and character without overwhelming the space. The Magnolia is available in small, medium, and large shade sizes and can be mounted with either a cloth cord or a sturdy stem mount. This light, which features a paddle on and off switch, can be finished in one of four traditional finish colors — Old Bronze, Aged Brass, Historic Nickel, or Polished Nickel. To complete your vintage fixture, we include a nostalgic Edison Style Light Bulb with your order! To create a familial look in your space, consider the matching Magnolia Sconce available in a 10″ size and in the same traditional finish colors as the pendant.
If you prefer something a bit more industrial, the Brushed Steel Glass Pendant is a great option. With the classic look of an RLM inspired warehouse shade, this pendant features a Brushed Steel finish and a Glossy White 10″ shade. With a bulb guard peeking from beneath the shade, this pendant will add a certain nautical flair to any space. Thanks to its stem mounting, this fixture is rated for damp locations so consider it for porches or breezeways although it will work equally well in the dining room, over the kitchen island, or in a bathroom setting.
Top photo courtesy Remodelista
As you ponder the history and progression of American-made light fixtures — c’mon, we know you think about lighting as much as we do! — the classic RLM warehouse shade is one fixture that has stood the test of time and is as popular today as it was back in the 1930s and 40s when it was first manufactured. Take this inviting kitchen space that has all the spirit of the industrial farmhouse style with its big kitchen window, open shelving, and central table for dining, snapping peas, or just lingering over a morning cup of coffee. What better choice for lighting up the kitchen table than a classic warehouse shade much like our Industrial Twist Cord Warehouse Pendant, part of our collection of Vintage Industrial Lights.
The Industrial Twist Cord Pendant is the ideal example of an antique RLM light with its wide, 16″ shade and colored cotton twist cord. The shade casts a downward span of light onto work surfaces which is why it was so popular in factories, warehouses, and over kitchen tables for snapping those summer veggies! Choose from four traditional finish colors — Galvanized, Black, White, and Dark Green — and customize your cord with Black, Brown, Putty, or a three-strand Black for added texture. To add even more vintage flavor to your fixture, consider adding a wire cage or an authentic Edison Style Light Bulb.
To get this look in a commercial kitchen or restaurant, consider the Farm & Barn All Weather Warehouse Ceiling Light Fixture, part of our collection of Discount Barn Lighting. All Weather Lighting is ideal for commercial lighting plans as each fixture is constructed of corrosion resistant metal that can withstand wet or dry locations – meaning it’s perfect for indoor and outdoor use. Brighten up both your indoor dining areas and outdoor patio seating with classic barn lights that are easy on the budget and delivered quickly too!
Top photo courtesy of Sally Gall for the Wall Street JournalRead More