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
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... Read More
Photos courtesy of Velvet & Linen Design Blog
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,... Read More
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 your 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... Read More
At the beginning of the 1930s 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... Read More