The words “reduce, reuse, and recycle” have gotten a workout since the first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. But one of our new favorite “re” words is repurpose — finding a new purpose for an old material to give it new life and avoid the landfill. This kitchen features a perfect example of repurposing as old Mason-style ball jars become eye-catching industrial pendants.
The space is a beautiful blend of old and new with the combination of wood, stainless steel, granite, tile, and the nostalgic jar lights. To get this look, take a peek at our Vintage Ball Perfect Blue Mason Jar Pendant, part of our collection of Vintage Industrial Lights. You can customize this unique light with a powdercoat finish color for the lid and your choice of a standard cord or seven different colored cotton cords. Each of these American made jars is original and finishes will vary.
To boost the vintage styling of this light, add an authentic reproduction Edison style light bulb. These bulbs come in a variety of shapes and styles including spiral, hairpin, and thread styles.
Love this old farmhouse piece but prefer a clear jar? Don’t miss the Ball Jar Pendant which features the same rustic styling as the Perfect Blue Mason Jar Pendant but with clear glass. An Edison style light bulb will show through the clear glass very well or you could add your own hint of color using any standard incandescent colored bulb for a fun look.
If you’re looking for inspiration, be sure to check out our Photo Gallery where we post pictures from our customers’ projects. It’s a great place to see how our fixtures look in real settings!
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There are so many things to love about the industrial décor craze that’s taken over the design world — from the use of repurposed and recycled treasures, to humble materials with utilitarian qualities, and the minimal yet comfortable feel it can create in a space.
While our eyes were first drawn to this 100-year-old farm table that serves as a gathering space in this industrial building in North Portland, we couldn’t help but notice the bare bulb pendants hanging in the background. Bare bulbs are also a popular feature of industrial styling, and in this space, which serves as an artists’ studio and retail store, the artists opted for the Plumen Low Energy Light Bulb. You can find the Plumen Bulb in the Barn Light Electric collection of Compact Fluorescent (CFL) Light Bulbs.Read More
Providing that finished look in your kitchen can prove to be a challenge when it comes down to picking the right look for your project. Most newly crafted lights are too polished with brightly colored high-gloss finishes, which can be great if your kitchen is modeled with a retro decor, but if your tastes are more for rustic or industrial styles then the options are greatly reduced. With so many lights on the market, unless youâ€™re desire is for a pendant that looks like wood or a woven tapestry of antlers, the options can be limited for the rustic decorator.
This featured kitchen comes courtesy of the Martha Stewart website, this room displays a rustic and refined barn home appearance that is completed with a mix of vintage industrial style, and a hint of modern-day flair. This established look is brought full circle with the addition of this pair of vintage porcelain RLM warehouse pendants positioned above the 3 inch thick maple island. With years of wear and use, these pendants prove to be the ideal, complimentary piece that ties this rustic kitchen together. Accentuating the worn timber framing and blond colored crossbeams, these pendants provide a rugged appearance through the lights already established industrial heritage. With a mix of steel and white bead board, this unlikely blend of country charm and warehouse nostalgia is the perfect setting for these two factory pendants.
Driven by a love for nostalgia, Barn Light Electric offers pendant lighting that is both old and new to compliment any room in your home or to give that authentic look to your barn project. Featuring several classic RLM lighting designs from Benjamin, Appleton, and Crouse-Hinds, our vintage barn lighting and vintage industrial sections supply numerous stylistic variations from the early to mid 20th century.
If options and flexibility are what you need then you can recreate this vintage look with the use of one of our custom warehouse pendants, which recapture the timeless appearance of some of the most revolutionary lights from our past. These hand crafted American made lights are made with your personal needs in mind. Complete with a long list of finish choices and other customizable features, these pendants are made to order, insuring that they match your specific needs and unique personality.Read More
At the beginning of the 1930â€™s a shift from industrial lights which hung over individual workbenches began to be replaced by its newly designed replacement, which became known as RLM Warehouse Shades. Due to its popularity several manufacturing companies began to produce this highly effective warehouse, factory light that used its uniquely original design to deliver a wide span of light. Companies such as Benjamin, Crouse-Hinds, Appleton, and the Miller Company created differing variations to the traditional design that catered to different demands; some creating explosion proof versions for differing applications. Despite the popularity of these shades, most manufacturers went out of business or were shut down after the 1960â€™s due to strict EPA regulations on porcelain lighting. Thanks to their durable construction and large numbers initially created, most manufacturing facilities already had the lights required for their businesses. Unfortunately as factories and warehouses went out of business they were renovated into lofts or torn down, leading to an untimely destruction of many classic warehouse shades. With a passion for RLM lighting, Barn Light Electric has been able to salvage as many of these time-honored designs releasing them to our customers under our Vintage Barn Lighting and Crouse-Hinds sections. These beloved collections have been cleaned up and preserved as eclectic trophies of the past, displaying the exceptional craftsmanship first released over 50 years ago. Just as relevant as they were so long ago, these vintage warehouse shades stand the test of time becoming the perfect addition to any nostalgic project.Read More