Like many new technologies, LED lighting was expensive and slow to catch on at first. But oh, how things have changed. LED lights, once known for their cold, harsh glare, are now more affordable, offer warmer light, and are available in a wide variety of fixtures including pendants, gooseneck lights, and even schoolhouse lighting.
For Nar Bustamante, owner and principle designer of Nar Fine Carpentry, a design/build remodeling company in California, LED lighting is the only way to go.
“For the last five years, I only use LED on all our projects,” he says. One of his recent projects was a complete remodel of a home in Sacramento including the laundry... Read More
Austin, Texas is a wild and wacky town full of great food and amazing music. It’s also a wonderful place to sightsee if you love neighborhoods with interesting architecture. Our friends at Hatch Works recently designed and built a new home in Austin and today we chat with owner Adam Talianchich on how he created a modern farmhouse complete with dark sky-friendly barn lighting for his client.
Q: Where is this home located?
A: The home is in Central East Austin and has a view of the Capitol from the master bedroom and the second story porch. Before we started design work, we set up scaffolding on the property and moved it around to find the best viewing corridor... Read More
We’re starting a new feature on the blog today to give our readers an inside peek at what happens behind the doors at Barn Light Manufacturing. When we celebrated the grand opening of our new 50,000-square-foot facility in October 2013, our 100-plus employees were thrilled with the new digs and the expanded space to do their work.
Today, we visit with James, our lead metal spinner, who hails from West Virginia. He traded work in the coal mines for sunny Florida and has been spinning metal for Barn Light Electric for almost three years.
“James knew nothing about spinning when he came to work for the company and after a few short months, he was producing... Read More
We love looking through our old lighting catalogs here and often marvel at how things have changed in the lighting industry in the last 100 years. In the early 1900s, workers in factories, warehouses, and production plants often struggled with inadequate lighting offered by the bare bulb pendants of the day. The work was hard, slow, and often dangerous, simply because of the working environment.
Companies such as Benjamin, Goodrich, Crouse-Hinds, and Appleton stepped up and began designing a new style of industrial lighting for these spaces — crafting wide, shallow bowl RLM shades spun from steel then coated with porcelain enamel glass. The companies touted... Read More
Whether you’re working on a small laundry room remodel or a multi-million dollar commercial build, an inspiration board is often the birthplace of great design. Many architects, interior designers, and even homeowners start with simple sketches, color swatches, and pins from Pinterest that inspire them as they plan out their new space.
An inspiration board created by Jacobs Global Building Design in Philadelphia led to the new look of Saxbys, a coffee house located in Peddlers Village, a 42-acre development in Buckingham, Pennsylvania.
“Louis Chang and Devyn O’Neill of Jacobs started with an inspiration board which basically looked at the space and... Read More