The Irish playwright Oscar Wilde once said, “The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.” He could very well have been standing in front of a dilapidated old barn when he uttered this famous quote. Upon seeing a run down, rotting structure, most people would dial the closest demolition crew and simply start over. But luckily there are people in the world who have a special eye for potential. Our good friend Pete Cooper of Spring Creek Design in Pennsylvania is one of these people. When his firm was hired to save a dilapidated old barn and turn it into a finished living space, he jumped right into the project.Read More
Valentine’s Day is all about size — robust roses, brimming boxes of chocolates, big sparkly bling perhaps? Here at Barn Light Electric, it’s the perfect day to launch our big new, oversized RLM warehouse shades! We’ve taken one of our most popular shades, The Original™, and beefed it up to a whopping 24″ and 28″ wide. Available as The Original™ Warehouse Gooseneck Light, this oversized wall light reflects a wide span of downward directed light onto patios, sidewalks, awnings, commercial signage, and more. It will bring plenty of light to factories, warehouses, and other commercial buildings such as malls, restaurants, and retail stores. We were so excited about these burly new shades, we had to install them on one of our own buildings!Read More
Though the city of Chicago burned to the ground in the late 1800s in one of the largest disasters of the 19th century, residents soon rose up and started rebuilding. One of those new homes, built in 1894, is in the Lakeview neighborhood north of the city and is home to Courtney, a hospitality designer by trade. Recently, she began renovating this historic building, and her eclectic tastes began to emerge.Read More
If you’ve roused yourself from the tryptophane-induced coma from yesterday’s feast, you probably realize that it’s time to shop! Or maybe you’re just settling in after a long night’s foray into the big-box world of holiday shopping. How about ordering something useful, beautiful, and American made? Did we mention our annual Thanksgiving Sale is still going on?
To give you some inspiration, we’d like to share some pictures from our friends at TR Building & Remodeling who created the ultimate man cave and sports car garage in Connecticut. The client wanted a barn-like structure to hold his sports cars and sizable wine collection, yet have the same comfort and warmth as the main home. Reclaimed chestnut and pine lumber plus natural stone flooring add warmth to the 1,300-square-foot interior as do the copper gooseneck barn lights adorning the space inside and out. And while we don’t sell this exact style of gooseneck any longer, you can get a very similar look with the Newport Gooseneck Light which combines a classic RLM warehouse design with a modern flared shade. The neck features an opening above the shade where light filters out through the glass giving a pleasant glow. The shade comes in two sizes — 12″ and 16″ — and the glass can be customized with one of more than half a dozen colors. This American made fixture is spun from heavy gauge aluminum and can be finished in a coppertone color likes these lights or 20 other finishes ranging from traditional to modern hues. A wide variety of sizes and styles of gooseneck arms are also available to customize this light to your specific space.Read More
Commercial lighting fixtures bear a heavy load. Once used simply to light the front door to a business, commercial lighting has become increasingly a critical component of the overall marketing and design plan — a component that creates a mood, highlights merchandise, leads customers through your space, and provides safety and security after hours.
The developer of this commercial building has a variety of tenants that lease space, each with a different product or service. To unify the building as a whole and attract traffic, the developer chose gooseneck barn lights to line the facade. These classic lights project out from the side of the building and cast their light downward onto the doorways and sidewalks without a lot of harsh glare for passersby.Read More