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.
Companies like Crouse-Hinds, Benjamin® and Goodrich™ spun shades out of steel, then coated and baked them with a porcelain enamel coating that was resistant to moisture, thus preventing rust and corrosion, unlike lights constructed from metal alone.
These days you can find vintage porcelain shades in almost every style of home and in many commercial businesses like the one shown in this shop window. Many homeowners choose to hang warehouse shades over kitchen tables and islands to take advantage of the wide spread of light. Not only do they provide generous downlighting, each fixture has its own history!
We recently added several “new” antique fixtures that have been cleaned, restored, and rewired and are ready to bring a touch of vintage style to your space! The 16″ Vintage White Vented Warehouse Stem Mount Pendant is a classic light that features a tough white porcelain enamel shade and your choice of six different stem lengths. The vented neck on this shade lets heat escape over the top of the shade.
For a slightly larger shade, check out the 18″ Vintage White Smoot-Holman Stem Mount 3-Tiered Shade. This rugged ceiling light offers plenty of illumination from its white porcelain interior and features a unique stacked neck design. Six stem lengths are available to customize this light which has been cleaned and rewired and comes to you ready to hang. For lower ceilings that require a flush-mount version, don’t miss the 14″ Vintage Benjamin® Vented Warehouse Flush Mount!
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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!
This light is very similar to our 18″ Vintage White Vented Warehouse Stem Mount Shade crafted by the Wheeler™ Lighting Company. The vents in the neck of the shade allow heat to escape which was a necessity on the factory floor for preventing fires and explosions. The Wheeler™ company, along with other lighting giants of the time like Crouse-Hinds™ and Benjamin™, took great care in the manufacturing of their lighting, sparing no expense to create fixtures that were durable and long lasting. Shades were hand spun from steel then a glass enamel coating was applied and baked on to a hard, shiny finish most often in white or green.
Today, you have the option of finding the perfect vintage light for your space by browsing our collections at Vintage Barn Lighting, or you can choose to have a new porcelain light hand crafted by Barn Light Electric right here in America with the same meticulous attention to detail. We spin our shades from commercial grade steel then hand apply the enamel coating to produce a durable coating that will never corrode or fade. And in addition to the classic white and green colors, consider our vivid cobalt blue, creamy jadite, or bright yellow for an updated look!
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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.
Many people were key figures in the industrial lighting realm with Sir Humphrey Davy helping devise one of the first explosion proof fixtures. At the turn of the century, Peter Hewitt patented the mercury vapor lamp while Germans Friedrich Meyer, Hans Spanner, and Edmund Germer were the first to patent the fluorescent lamp. Names like Crouse-Hinds, Appleton, and Russel & Stoll soon became synonymous with explosion proof lighting for warehouses and factories.
Because these lights were crafted at a time when manufacturers invested heavily in quality materials and craftsmanship, many still exist today. Just look around and you’ll see examples of vintage lighting everywhere from this car repair shop to one still standing duty out in a field. Here at Vintage Barn Lighting, we love finding and refurbishing old fixtures to give them new life.
Our collection of Explosion Proof Lighting includes vintage green fixtures such as Benjamin™ warehouse shades, Appleton flush mount lights, and vintage stem-mount pendants. In our Crouse-Hinds collection, you’ll find both cord and stem-mount pendants which would add just the right vintage touch to a Victorian or traditional home. For a funky twist in your urban loft, check out the Blue Airport Taxi Runway Lights. Featuring thick, blue ribbed glass, these lights would make a great accent in hallways or over the pool table in the man cave. To ensure the best quality and functionality, all of our vintage barn lights have been cleaned, rewired, and are ready to install when they arrive at your door.Read More
Everything about this kitchen shouts vintage to us. From the traditional white furniture, walls, and cabinetry along with the retro diner style floor, this kitchen and breakfast nook is perfect for someone inspired by antique, and classic 1950′s décor. You would never guess who lives in the space either. It’s fashion mogul Kate Spade! She’s known for her revolution on classic handbags with fun and vibrant colors. With the use of her jewel tones throughout her work, most would expect her home to reflect the same style, but not quite.
The room does, however, reflect something that is typical in Kate’s designs. Overall, this trendy vintage style is normal for her work, as are the stripes and lime greens found on the banquette. A classic vintage piece (and undoubtedly our favorite part of the kitchen) is her chosen industrial pendant light. Because the ceilings are so high, an industrial grade light fixture was incorporated to provide more than enough illumination for the room.
Vintage Barn Lighting has quite the selection of authentic Crouse-Hinds™ lights, similar to the lamp in the designer’s kitchen featured today. The 14” Vintage Crouse-Hinds™ Galvanized and White Porcelain Shade shown on the right is an example of the explosion proof lighting that is ready for you to utilize in your own home. Because of the mounting style, this particular factory light fits snugly to the ceiling, just in case your ceilings aren’t sky high like Kate’s. However, if you do have an open and airy room, various stem mount pendants in the same style may just be what you’ve been searching for. All you have to do is choose your favorite lighting options from vintagebarnlighting.com, and instantly hang them in your home. We’ve done all of the hard work and rewiring for you!
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