For more than 20 years, the good folks at Southern Living have inspired us with their annual Idea House. With an ensemble of talented architects and designers descending upon a new location each year, a showcase home is born chock full of color, texture, and creativity. Back in 2011, the team, including San Antonio architect Michael G. Imber, traveled to the central Texas Hill Country to create a rambling European style home that utilized native building materials in a nod to its southern landscape.Read More
This adorable little breakfast nook has so much going for it, it’s hard to decide which element we like best! With light streaming in on three sides, convenient bench seating, and a classic warehouse shade to cast light in the evenings, this space is loaded with charming details. The vented warehouse shade complements the vintage look of the apron front sink and the white subway tile that helps keep the narrow space bright and open. These RLM-inspired warehouse shades were popular back in the 1930s and 40s when manufacturers like Benjamin®, Ivanhoe™, and Smoot-Holman used top quality materials and porcelain enamel to craft their rugged lighting. It was made to last for generations.
To get this look in your kitchen or dining room, check out our collection of Vintage Stem Mount Pendants. This fixture looks much like the 16″ Vintage White Vented Warehouse Pendant which features a white porcelain enamel finish both inside and out. The stem on this light, which comes in a variety of sizes to suit your needs, sports a galvanized finish which gives the light a trendy industrial look. If your ceiling is low, you may prefer a flush mount fixture. The Vintage White Westinghouse Warehouse Flush Mount offers the classic barn style look in a ceiling-hugging fixture. It’s 14″ wide shade still offers plenty of downward directed light which is perfect for kitchen counters, island cook tops, and dining room tables.
Porcelain enamel was once the finish of choice in the early 20th century thanks to its high gloss shine and durability. The porcelain enamel process slowly died away when cheaper painting techniques came onto the market, but Barn Light Electric is proud to have revived this manufacturing process. Quality, American made lighting that is once again hand crafted to last for generations!
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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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While we think vintage lighting may be pretty popular these days, there’s nothing like a building full of old cars to bring people through the doors. Of course we also think the classic gooseneck warehouse shade over the door might have something to do with the crowds that visit the Estes-Winn Memorial Automobile Museum in Asheville, North Carolina. Established in 1965, the museum is home to a number of rare and vintage cars as well as some original horse-drawn carriages and Asheville’s own 1922 La France fire engine. The cars have been preserved in mostly original and running condition. You may look, but a kind gentleman is on hand to make sure you don’t touch!
That gooseneck over the doorway is a classic light that looks very much like our 16″ Vintage Benjamin™ Warehouse Shade available in the traditional green color that was most popular back in the 1930s and 40s. This generous shade casts plenty of light over the doorway thanks to its bright white interior. Like all of the vintage and antique lights you find on our site, this shade has been cleaned and rewired and comes to you ready to hang. This shade features the original Benjamin™ marking around the fitter as well as the Benjamin™ sticker on the exterior of the shade itself.
For another similar look, check out the 12″ Vintage Green Warehouse Gooseneck Shade. Though a bit smaller in size than the 16″ version, this fixture still throws plenty of light with a 200 watt bulb shining from its white interior. Four different gooseneck arm styles and sizes are available to customize this vintage light. You can also find a matching Vintage Green Warehouse Shade in a stem mount fixture that would add just the right touch over a dining room table, in the workshop, or in the garage to show off your own vintage car!Read More
When Roy Underhill, host of the long-running PBS series “The Woodwright’s Shop,” went back to his North Carolina roots to open a woodworking school, he wanted to give his students the full vintage experience. His school, located in Pittsboro, has a few rules. Only hand tools in operation here; no power allowed. Tape measures are a big no-no, and as Underhill unequivocally states, “Any tools with plastic handles must be hidden when I walk by.” Underhill designed his storefront school with an eye to the late 1930s when hard work with hand tools reigned supreme. The vintage atmosphere is carried through in the lighting scheme which is classic vintage lighting inside and out.
Welcoming students on the sidewalk are gooseneck angle shades in a vintage green. You can get this look for your own commercial venue with our Vintage Porcelain Enamel Clamshell Gooseneck Shade. This 13″ wide shade will highlight signs, awnings, and landscaping with ease. For residential use, these angle shades are perfect for garages and porches, and the porcelain enamel finish is extremely durable. These shades can be purchased separately or with your choice of gooseneck arm.
Inside this unique learning environment, individual work tables are illuminated by another classic light fixture — an RLM-inspired warehouse shade. These pendants are just like our 12″ Vintage Cord Hung Warehouse Shade which comes with a standard black cord, brass canopy, and the traditional bright white interior and vintage green exterior. Like all of the lights found on our vintage site, these fixtures have been cleaned, rewired, and come to you ready to unleash their vintage charm!
And if you plan to attend one of Underhill’s classes, forego the logoed tee and opt for jeans and a simple work shirt instead. As Underhill says, “When you enter this vintage environment, you become a part of it.”
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Sad as it may be, most homes don’t come with a wine cellar. Much less a wine cellar that oozes with warmth, style, and a moody vibe that lets you know as soon as you cross the threshold that this is a place to slow down, relax, and breathe — just like a good wine. This gorgeous setting is part of a 126-year-old home located in Connecticut’s Pine Meadow Historic District. Known as the Philip Chapin House after its first owner, it is named in the National Register of Historic Places as “an excellent example of Victorian domestic architecture.” The owners have spent decades preserving the historic details of this home and, as you can see here, chose classic porcelain lighting to set the mood.
This beautiful vintage cord hung pendant is very much like our 12″ Vintage Porcelain Enamel Shallow Bowl Pendant with a cotton twist cord. This porcelain fixture features a 12″ shade with a classic green exterior and a bright white interior that reflects the light effectively. The vintage cotton twist cord comes in four colors and a variety of lengths so you can choose what best fits your space. Like all of the antique lights found on our Vintage Barn Lighting site, this fixture has been cleaned and rewired and is ready to install.
If your home doesn’t have the space for a dedicated wine cellar like this one, you can still get the look in your own home. Put a couple of comfy pub chairs in the corner of the kitchen or living room, place a small table between them, and hang a vintage porcelain fixture overhead. A quiet spot in the den or even in the attic would work just as well. Comfortable furnishings, warm colors, and vintage touches will create a space where you can relax with that Moulin a Vent 1985 Le Vieux Domaine you’ve been saving!
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