There have been many exciting days in our history as Barn Light Electric has grown from a backyard workshop to more than 100 employees hand crafting our signature lighting for customers all over the world. Reviving the lost art of porcelain enamel lighting in America and celebrating the grand opening of our new manufacturing facility last fall were both major milestones.
Today we celebrate the launch of a new collection of bold industrial lighting with the help of our good friend Veronica Valencia, a Los Angeles-based designer, known for her fresh and innovative approaches to design.Read More
What makes condo living so attractive? Affordability, convenience, and no lawn to mow! But along with the advantages of community living is the downside that every unit in the building is basically the same. How do you create a space that is truly unique and reflects the personality of its owners?
If you’re lucky enough to live in Boston, you hire Stephanie Sabbe of Sabbe Interior Design. Stephanie’s creative mind, artist’s eye, and expert shopping skills got a workout in transforming this 1,000-square-foot South End condo into a one-of-a-kind oasis for her clients.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!
The not-so-secret recipe for the amazing food you’ll find at any Bareburger restaurant in New York is listed right on their website. Organic, grass-fed, all natural, and sustainable are just a few of the words they use to describe the fare they create every day with the help of local farmers. And the founders take just as much care when it comes to designing their restaurant spaces using recycled, reclaimed, and sustainable materials. Two new locations feature one of our favorite upcycled lighting fixtures — The Mig Retro Steel Industrial Pendant.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!
Top photo courtesy Tess Bethune Interiors and Photographer Brian KellyRead More