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
Designers, homeowners, and even business owners the world over seem to be in a vintage tizzy. Anything old is a hot commodity and the lighting industry is no exception. A web search of vintage lighting brings up a host of fixtures from bygone eras that offer a timeless sense of style. Gone are the days when everything in your décor has to match. A modern loft in New York brimming with glass and metal may be accented with Art Deco wall sconces, while a ranch-style home in Memphis may feature gas station lights from the 1940s along the driveway.
Commercial venues also utilize vintage lighting not only for the distinctive look it brings, but also because vintage lights were simply made to last. Crafted in times when quality meant more than quantity, vintage lights were often made from the strongest, most durable materials available at the time. The disposable society had yet to emerge and lighting was purchased to last not for several years but for several generations.
This Vintage Caged Appleton™ Gasketed Light is a prime example of a fixture that has stood the test of time. Originally manufactured for damp and hazardous locations such as warehouses and manufacturing facilities, this vintage stem mount pendant is 14″ high, features a galvanized finish, and can handle up to a 200 watt bulb. With its wire cage, the fixture throws light in every direction and would be a unique piece in any workshop, garage, or industrial setting that needs rugged lighting. Like all our vintage lights, this fixture has been rewired and comes ready to install.
The Appleton name has been associated with quality electrical products since Swedish immigrant Albert Appleton started his own electrical supply company in Chicago in 1903 with two employees. From its humble beginnings, the company focused on creating innovative products that helped the country move beyond gas-powered lighting and embrace the power of electricity safely and efficiently. Grab a piece of history for your space!
Regardless of what your third grade teacher may have told you, Thomas Edison was not the sole inventor of the light bulb. Yes, it’s much easier to simplify history at times, especially for nine-year-olds, but like most other major inventions of the 19th and 20th centuries, advancements came in baby steps, developed over time by different scientists and inventors around the globe who took each small discovery and propelled an idea forward.Read More
The open floor plan home design which came into vogue in the 1990s remains popular today for a host of reasons. An open plan makes a small home feel bigger with fewer walls and chopped up spaces, plus it takes advantage of natural light. Larger spaces tend to have multi-functional uses and allow for more interaction among the family. Lighting in this type of home becomes even more important because it can be seen from so many areas. An architect or interior designer strives to have a familial look among the fixtures as the eye travels from space to space. Instead of having one overall light to brighten each room, task lighting takes priority here such as the chandelier over the dining table and the vintage pendants over the island cook space.
These pendants are very similar to our Ball Jar Pendant, part of our collection of Vintage Industrial Lights. These lights are created with a standard wide mouth Mason jar with one socket and are hung by a black, 7-foot cord. The Ball Jar Pendant can be finished in a wide variety of colors for the perfect vintage upcycling touch.
Check out our entire collection of vintage lighting at our Vintage Barn Lighting website where you’ll find an amazing variety of the most popular antique lights. Our collection spans a wide range of styles and designs some dating back to the early 20th century. Some of these styles include porcelain warehouse shades, milk glass and holophane glass pendants, architectural brass lighting, and even vintage furniture and accessories.
Many of our vintage lighting styles were manufactured during the time when companies like Benjamin Electric and Appleton weren’t afraid to spend money on the best materials and the best craftsmanship. They wanted their products to last. The professionals at Barn Light Electric take the same approach. You know you’ll receive high quality materials and craftsmanship with every light you buy!
Top photo courtesy of Black River Design ArchitectsRead More
Is white the new black? White seems to be everywhere in room design these days especially in kitchens and dining areas. White walls, fixtures, and furniture make for a clean, simple design that reduces visual clutter and provides needed breathing room especially in a busy space. A white design can lend itself to many styles from classic to casual to contemporary where white effuses a fresh, new feeling. Combine your white with black accents and you create an elegant, Art Deco feel. With white as a base, you have a serene, calm palette from which there are endless possibilities to pursue.
Take this light-filled dining area for example. Its white walls, ceiling, and window frames are balanced by the dark wood table, wood flooring, and the vintage green shallow bowl pendants over the table. These are very similar to our 16″ Vintage Green Porcelain Shallow Bowl Pendant offered as part of our Vintage Barn Lighting Collection. Like all of the antique light fixtures you’ll find in our vintage industrial collection, these lights have been cleaned and rewired and are ready to install.
Many of these products were originally produced around the turn of the 20th century when quality materials and craftsmanship was the standard, not the exception. These fixtures were meant to stand the test of time, and the professionals at Vintage Barn Lighting love restoring these vintage lights so they’ll keep on shining for many more years.
Our cord hung pendants, such as these, come in both porcelain and warehouse shade styles such as the classic Appleton White Warehouse Shade. This classic warehouse shade, harkening back to the original barn light designs of the early 1940s, is also available in vintage green. Many of our fixtures can be customized with cotton twist cords with a turn key or knob as a finishing touch.
Check out our complete line of vintage industrial lighting including sconces, gooseneck lighting, and even vintage light bulbs!Read More
In Erie, Pennsylvania, you’ll find quite a few attractions you may want to visit, especially if you love the outdoors. There are botanical gardens, lighthouses and numerous state and national parks. However, why not get a taste of Erie’s industrial and historical past as well? Ed Kindle, a local Titusville history buff and photographer, made a visit to the Koehler Brewery in Erie. His photos alone can tell the story of a building with quite the unique past…
The brewery was originally built in 1855, but later burned down. The building was rebuilt again in 1857, and at the time, was known as the Eagle Brewery until 1883 when the Koehler’s acquired it. The original building was 15,000 square feet on the ground level alone, with a brew house later being constructed in 1890. Uniquely designed, the grain was dropped from the roof where it began the brewing process. The Koehler brewery was one of Erie’s largest businesses up until the time it closed in 1973.
To this day, the brewery still stands – even though most of it isn’t in the best of conditions. Looking closely at Ed’s photos, you’ll notice a few familiar light fixtures. The industrial lights, otherwise known as warehouse pendants, have survived through the years and the damage the building has otherwise incurred. While they need some TLC, the industrial lighting is in excellent condition considering the abuse that the old brewery encountered over the years.
Vintage light fixtures like these have been spotted in plenty of America’s most historical buildings – like fellow Pennsylvania resident, the Eastern State Penitentiary. With the vintage and rustic trend rising in popularity, you’ve probably viewed lights like these in homes also. Vintage industrial products identical to these lights can be purchased on vintagebarnlighting.com, from famous brands like Appleton, Abolite and Crouse-Hinds. Take advantage of these vintage treasures while they’re around!
Photos Courtesy of Ed Kindle