When you hear the words LEED-certified, a brand new, modern structure filled with the latest green technology probably pops into your mind. One of the certification categories, however, is for existing buildings — those that are restored in an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient manner. The struggle comes in finding a balance between using modern technology while still honoring the vernacular of an older, and often historically significant, building.
When the good people behind the preservation of the Felt Estate in western Michigan made it their goal to have the Felt Mansion LEED certified, they knew LED lighting would be required.
“We are... Read More
Ever wonder what goes on behind the closed doors of the Barn Light Electric R&D department? Odd pieces and parts lie on every available surface, there’s a constant demand for coffee, and we hear plenty of muttering going on. It’s all in a day’s work as the team creates new fixtures that honor the history and style of vintage lighting.
And while we have launched many new products over the last several years, the R&D team hits one out of the park today with a collection that truly embodies the spirit of our motto — where vintage and modern collide.
The LED Cast Guard & Glass Collection pays homage to classic industrial... Read More
We get a lot of calls and emails from customers who love the distinctive barn style character of our lighting, but who also want to maximize the energy efficiency of their fixtures. You want it all — and why not?
Andrew Gould, co-founder of Squirrels LLC in North Canton, Ohio, was one customer who searched for a long time before finding the perfect LED lighting for the renovated building that houses his software development company.
“We really wanted lighting that was energy efficient,” Andrew says. “We went to great lengths to replace all of the fluorescent lights in this building with LED panels.” According to Sid Keith, the... Read More
This time of year it’s easy to get sidetracked by all of the holiday goodies piled high on party platters, but December is also the month when I crave oysters. An oyster feast on Christmas Eve is a great way to kick off the festivities!
For those of you on the Jersey shore, Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay is a great place to stop in for a dozen or two. Located in Margate, south of Atlantic City, this oyster bar was recently remodeled and the owners opted to replace the boring track lighting with some classic barn pendant lights. And since the restaurant is a member of the Green Restaurant Association, the owners chose the Original™ Warehouse LED... Read More
Tucked away in the picturesque hills of Marin County just north of San Francisco, today’s Featured Customer built a craftsman-style home designed not to stand out from this lovely place, but to assimilate with it peacefully.
“We tried to contour the home to the land and make it blend into the surroundings,” David says. Farm land surrounds the new home and the homeowners incorporated elements of corrugated metal into the structure to “keep it classic” as David says. This includes galvanized gooseneck barn lights and a cord-hung barn pendant on the exterior. Like many California homeowners, David and his wife Allison focused on energy... Read More