In the past, industrial style was something only found in factories. Nobody really cared to invest in a property that had concrete floors and discolored, brick walls. If you also had faded woodwork and exposed duct work, you would have a hard time finding a potential buyer. Today, you might be kicking yourself for not seeing the possibility in these rugged atmospheres, right? As you know, these factory inspired rooms are all the rage. People are paying big bucks for vintage industrial furniture along with explosion proof factory lamps. Can you blame them though?Read More
So you love them, but why should you choose a porcelain enamel light over any other fixture? In a day and age where we’re all trying to get the best deals, some items aren’t always worth skimping on. While all of our American made lights are built from the best materials, the handcrafted enameled fixtures are absolutely the best of the best.
But what makes them so amazing? For starters, they are easy to clean, weather resistant and they are definitely durable. Lesser quality lights can sometimes fade or lose their original finish, whether it’s through sun exposure or merely age. Porcelain lighting though, can be easily revitalized with a little bit of mild soap and water.Read More
Warehouse pendant lighting can be used virtually anywhere – commercial or residential. Once used to light factories and barns, these pendant lamps had wide bowls that reflected light over a large areas. This was crucial, especially where heavy machinery met hard labor. Not only did these warehouse pendants need to provide adequate light, they also need to be durable and long lasting. Manufacturers of these quality American lights sought out only the finest materials to construct their light fixtures out of.Read More
For decades, the Tampa Bay area was known as the cigar capital of the United States. Vicente Martinez Ybor, a prominent Spanish-born cigar manufacturer moved his business from Cuba, to Key West and finally to a plot of land in Tampa Bay. Through the years, additional cigar-making companies sprouted up throughout the Tampa Bay area and many of their warehouses were lit with industrial porcelain pendant lights. As you can see in the photo above, these pendants were strategically placed to provide a directional beam of light over the tables occupied with workers rolling cigars. Toward the end of the 20th century and into the early 2000′s, increased taxes on tobacco products forced many of Tampa’s cigar factories to permanently close their doors.
While many similar factories have disappeared over the years, the porcelain barn lights once used have regained their popularity and returned into American culture. Today, Barn Light Electric offers a line of vintage inspired Ivanhoe™ Sinclair Industrial Porcelain Pendants that resemble the original barn lights pictured above. The Ivanhoe™ Sinclair Industrial Porcelain Pendants are made with the same high quality craftsmanship that went into producing the original models nearly 100 years ago. Each shade today is still hand spun and American made – does it get any better than that?!
A sleek, glossy finish appeals to homeowners today and has helped them make the transition from heavy, industrial areas to residential spaces like the kitchen. Porcelain pendants are also becoming more prevalent in commercial retail areas and restaurants as well. In search of lighting that creates a vintage setting, restaurant and store owners are incorporating rustic lighting and decor like these classic pieces. Staying true to their original style, many of the porcelain enamel pendants and gooseneck lights can be purchased in traditional finish options like white, black, green or cobalt blue.
Top Photo Courtesy of the Special Collections Department, University of South Florida. Digitization provided by the USF Libraries Digitization Center.Read More
During the early to mid 1900′s, most gas stations across America used porcelain enamel lights to draw in customers and to showcase large metal advertisements. These gas station signs featured bold, colorful logos from iconic brands such as Texaco, Sinclair, Standard, Marathon, Gulf, Shell, Esso and tons of others. Porcelain gas station lights were valued for more than just their visual appeal, they also created an inviting and safe environment for customers who may be filling up or working late!
Today, these nostalgic light fixtures are rarely found around gas pumps anymore – but don’t let that get you down! Barn Light Electric sells two kinds of porcelain enamel barn lights!
Authentic vintage barn lights can be found within our Gooseneck Lighting category online. They have been cleaned, rewired and are ready to ship! The fixtures you find with us online have been collected from all across the country. By incorporating a vintage barn light into your home, you can achieve a nostalgic look and bring a touch of the early 1900′s into your home or business!
Our vintage inspired porcelain barn lights are made from the same high quality components as the durable originals. You can purchase our trusted American brands such as Goodrich™ Goosenecks, Benjamin™ Stem Mounts and Ivanhoe™ Cord Hung Pendants. All shade styles are available in multiple sizes and mounting options. You can mix and match the same shade styles for inside and outside of your home and business. Wherever you choose to place them, know that they have been built to last – just like old gas station lights!
Porcelain barn lights like the 17 inch Goodrich™ Bomber illuminated the stations’ parking lots and forecourts. Distinct features on the Goodrich™ Bomber gooseneck include a short neck design, deep interior shade and a wide, 17 inch base. The Bomber gooseneck starts at $259 and includes a wall backing plate, porcelain socket and 7 feet of wire – everything you need for quick installation! Pendant versions of The Bomber start at $189.00.
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Benjamin™ Stem Mount Pendants were among the first porcelain barn lights sold in the early 1920′s. Optimal lighting from these pendants provided a safer and more productive environment wherever they were installed, whether they were placed over an assembly line or a dining room table.
Today, new versions of these classic porcelain barn lights are available online at Barn Light Electric. For a deeper look into the history of original Benjamin Stem Mount Lighting, keep reading to view excerpts from the 1923 edition of the Benjamin Industrial Lighting Equipment Catalog. The long term benefits of porcelain enamel coating was explained:
“Of all the materials tried out for industrial lighting reflectors, porcelain enameled steel is the only one that meets all the usually severe requirements of this service. Its reflecting efficiency is high, it is not breakable, it resists corrosion from fume and smoke, it is easily cleaned; in short, it is the most economical in the end and the best for practically all conditions.”
Facts About Benjamin Reflectors:
One of the key advantages offered by RLM warehouse shades, like the Benjamin, is diffusion. Benjamin’s shades diffused the light and improved vision by eliminating sharp glare and directing the light to specific areas, which reduces strain on the eyes and reduces the chance of an accident.
A section from Benjamin Industrial Lighting Equipment’s “Good Illumination – An Industrial Necessity” reads:
“In a textile mill for instance where only white goods are made, a certain degree of illumination may be satisfactory; but if the goods are red, brown or some other dark shade, more light will be necessary. For rough work, a moderate intensity is adequate, whereas for fine work such as weaving, the illumination must be strong enough to enable the operator to handle with ease the individual threads. In fine machine work, a high degree of illumination is required.”