While spring may be all about the cleaning — airing out, opening up, and scrubbing everything in sight — fall is more about cozying in and prepping for the holidays. Sprucing up, switching out, and bringing in something new to perk up the decor. But how about something old instead? If you spend any time browsing design websites, you know that vintage anything is very big right now. You can find a treasure trove of vintage delights at Vintage Barn Lighting and this weekend is a great time to buy as we’re having our Fall for Vintage Sale! From now until Sept. 23 save 10 percent on vintage finds and enjoy free shipping too!
Some of the most popular shades on Vintage Barn Lighting are the Glass Shade Pendants which include the Milk Glass Shades, Holophane Glass, and Cased Glass. Each of these groupings have loads of character with their own distinctive style. The Milk Glass Shades, like the ones pictured here, were first created as early as the 16th century but became most popular 300 years later in France. During the early 20th century, milk glass was associated with America’s most prosperous elite and it remains very collectible today.
Another great vintage lighting find is Cased Glass which also has centuries-old roots. Cased glass typically has two or more layers of different colored glass which are fused together. Our collection includes this beautiful Vintage Green Wavy Cased Glass Pendant that comes with either an Unfinished Brass or Polished Nickel socket. A colored cotton twist cord adds even more visual interest. This classic light would be a lovely addition to a reading nook, over a desk, or in the study.
And if you love the classic RLM-inspired warehouse shades on Barn Light Electric, you’ll find plenty of antique versions on our vintage site. Stem mount pendants and cord hung pendants are all offered and you can save 10% during our sale. Check out the details here and enter the code Fall4Vintage12 at checkout!
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With school back in full swing, do your kids have an inspiring place to study and do homework? If they’re lacking the can-do, back to homework spirit, consider a make over of the family office, or even a designated small work area that will help them stay focused. We found the ultimate work/play area over at Velvet & Linen, a design blog run by Brooke of Giannetti Home. If you troll around on her blog later, you’ll see she has such a beautiful home! The room we found most interesting was her children’s study. While the kids were away at summer camp, Brooke and her husband tackled their drab, neglected office and turned it into an industrial space, that not even kids could destroy.
I think you’ll see why we’re so into this space – do you see the lighting they chose? The design duo matched up several of our vintage explosion proof lights with our rustic Atomic wall sconces. Notice the photo on the right below? They even found a double use for a Atomic Wire Guard sconce! By hanging the sconce upside down, the miniature gooseneck type arm extends out, and allows for hanging totes or other items like you see below.
Atomic Wall Sconces were a perfect choice for this space. The balance of cool metals with warm leathers and wood mixes perfectly with the style they were trying to achieve. The grid like cast guard units also blend a cohesive geometric pattern in – notice the square photo collage, or large window panes on the hallway door? A galvanized finish is always an ideal finish choice if you like the industrial or modern styles. Its raw finish blends well with almost any decor, and allows you to change out paint colors and accessories without purchasing new lighting.
We can’t forget to mention the large piece above the center work table either; it’s one of our many authentic vintage pieces that we find and sell at Barn Light Electric. This room got one of our favorite vintage Crouse Hinds pieces. These lights were made for high impact commercial work spaces, so even the kids will have a hard time destroying this! Styles, sizes and colors vary when it comes to our stock of vintage lighting, but check back often to see what new items we have added.
As Shown (Left): Large Barn Light Atomic Topless Wire Guard Sconce, 96-Galvanized, Frosted Glass: $169.00 each. As Shown (Right): Barn Light Wall/Ceiling Mount Double CGU Sconce, 96-Galvanized, Frosted Glass: $231.00 each.
Providing that finished look in your kitchen can prove to be a challenge when it comes down to picking the right look for your project. Most newly crafted lights are too polished with brightly colored high-gloss finishes, which can be great if your kitchen is modeled with a retro decor, but if your tastes are more for rustic or industrial styles then the options are greatly reduced. With so many lights on the market, unless youâ€™re desire is for a pendant that looks like wood or a woven tapestry of antlers, the options can be limited for the rustic decorator.
This featured kitchen comes courtesy of the Martha Stewart website, this room displays a rustic and refined barn home appearance that is completed with a mix of vintage industrial style, and a hint of modern-day flair. This established look is brought full circle with the addition of this pair of vintage porcelain RLM warehouse pendants positioned above the 3 inch thick maple island. With years of wear and use, these pendants prove to be the ideal, complimentary piece that ties this rustic kitchen together. Accentuating the worn timber framing and blond colored crossbeams, these pendants provide a rugged appearance through the lights already established industrial heritage. With a mix of steel and white bead board, this unlikely blend of country charm and warehouse nostalgia is the perfect setting for these two factory pendants.
Driven by a love for nostalgia, Barn Light Electric offers pendant lighting that is both old and new to compliment any room in your home or to give that authentic look to your barn project. Featuring several classic RLM lighting designs from Benjamin, Appleton, and Crouse-Hinds, our vintage barn lighting and vintage industrial sections supply numerous stylistic variations from the early to mid 20th century.
If options and flexibility are what you need then you can recreate this vintage look with the use of one of our custom warehouse pendants, which recapture the timeless appearance of some of the most revolutionary lights from our past. These hand crafted American made lights are made with your personal needs in mind. Complete with a long list of finish choices and other customizable features, these pendants are made to order, insuring that they match your specific needs and unique personality.Read More
At the beginning of the 1930â€™s a shift from industrial lights which hung over individual workbenches began to be replaced by its newly designed replacement, which became known as RLM Warehouse Shades. Due to its popularity several manufacturing companies began to produce this highly effective warehouse, factory light that used its uniquely original design to deliver a wide span of light. Companies such as Benjamin, Crouse-Hinds, Appleton, and the Miller Company created differing variations to the traditional design that catered to different demands; some creating explosion proof versions for differing applications. Despite the popularity of these shades, most manufacturers went out of business or were shut down after the 1960â€™s due to strict EPA regulations on porcelain lighting. Thanks to their durable construction and large numbers initially created, most manufacturing facilities already had the lights required for their businesses. Unfortunately as factories and warehouses went out of business they were renovated into lofts or torn down, leading to an untimely destruction of many classic warehouse shades. With a passion for RLM lighting, Barn Light Electric has been able to salvage as many of these time-honored designs releasing them to our customers under our Vintage Barn Lighting and Crouse-Hinds sections. These beloved collections have been cleaned up and preserved as eclectic trophies of the past, displaying the exceptional craftsmanship first released over 50 years ago. Just as relevant as they were so long ago, these vintage warehouse shades stand the test of time becoming the perfect addition to any nostalgic project.Read More