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
There was a time when warehouse pendant lighting was found, well, in warehouses! And also in factories where the wide bowl of these pendant lamps reflected light over a large area, a critical feature where
heavy machinery and meticulous work was involved. These lights not only had to provide plenty of illumination, but had to be durable in an industrial setting. Manufacturers in the early 20th century would hand craft these light fixtures using only the finest commercial grade materials of the time.
The hazard of being a Barn Light Electric employee is that when you take a vacation you often find yourself searching for interesting light fixtures instead of focusing on the scenery or historical sites. Lauren, our fabulous photographer, took a trip to Tennessee over the Thanksgiving holiday and was traveling the back roads when she happened upon this beautiful old gas station light still standing duty over the long-abandoned pumps. Gas was certainly less than fifty cents a gallon the last time this light helped a passing motorist see the tank, but it is a great example of a classic light from the early 20th century.
We often hear from customers who have found old lights and sometimes we even purchase them. You can find many of these treasures on our Vintage Barn Lighting website. All of these fixtures have been cleaned, rewired, and come to you ready to add some vintage flavor to your workshop, dining room table, or front door. In our Industrial Lighting collection, you’ll find several prime examples of gas station lights and explosion proof Crouse-Hinds lighting.
Looking for a unique light for your driveway? Check out the Vintage Crouse-Hinds Post Mount Light which is in excellent condition featuring a galvanized finish and red ribbed glass. Or how about something with a little space history? The Vintage NASA Tracking Station Post Mount Light was salvaged right around the corner from our Barn Light Headquarters here on the Space Coast of Florida. Once used by NASA to track space flight during the 1960′s for Apollo and Gemini missions, this light holds a unique place in history. This fixture comes with interchangeable blue and clear lenses, and the lights pivot and tilt at a 90-degree angle to the left and right.
Next time you take a trip, keep your eyes peeled and maybe you’ll find a vintage treasure, but in the meantime, be sure to browse the collections right here at Vintage Barn Lighting!
One expects to see many things in an airport — businessmen rushing to catch a last minute flight, tourists still wearing their Mickey Mouse hats, and families with carry-on luggage that will never ever fit under that seat. But we were a bit surprised during a stroll through the Orlando International Airport last week to discover vintage Crouse-Hinds fixtures lighting up the Oakley Store. Crouse-Hinds was founded in the late 1800s, and its lighting products were widely recognized as some of the most durable in the world. Crouse-Hinds was a major manufacturer of traffic signals and RLM warehouse lights that were commonly found around factories, auto shops, and gas stations of that era. Originally used for industrial purposes, these lights were created with quality materials and exceptional American craftsmanship. Many of those that were salvaged still look great today hanging in homes or businesses, like Oakley, that are searching for a rustic look.
The drop cord lights hanging in the Oakley Store closely resemble our Vintage Crouse-Hinds Industrial Pendant Trouble Light. This burly fixture is composed of heavy duty aluminum with a rough, galvanized exterior finish. The bulb is contained and protected within thick, clear glass. This light, available as part of our collection of Industrial Lighting, has been rewired, tested, and is ready to install with an adjustable black cord. It is 22″ high, can handle a 200 watt bulb, and bears the Crouse-Hinds mark.
A variety of other Crouse-Hinds fixtures can be found on Vintage Barn Lighting including explosion proof angle shades, warehouse shades, post mount lights, and other industrial pendants. These lights are exceptionally well made and would work in any industrial setting such as a garage, workshop, or barn. And since vintage lighting has become so popular with designers and decorators, these fixtures would fill the bill for many home styles such as an urban loft or an industrial farmhouse.
Making the most of small spaces is both a talent and an art form. As seen recently on Houzz, this tiny kitchen is part of a 250-square-foot, garage-turned-home near Seattle. The eclectic design honors the industrial history of the area with exposed shelving, salvaged boxes, reclaimed materials, and industrial lighting. Once used in factories and warehouses, industrial pendants such as this one are now popping up everywhere. Because of their wide span of light, many people choose this style of lighting for the kitchen where they are installed over countertops, kitchen tables, and islands. Not only do they provide plenty of light but they’re a focal point with a history all their own!Read More
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