In yesterday’s post, we revealed the Grand Prize winner of our Photo Contest, and today, we present more incredible photos that were shared by our customers. Rebecca Groulx, from Minnetonka, Minnesota, was our second place winner as we fell in love with the look of her new garage.
“We tore down a garden shed and built the new garage designed by our architect Chad Vugteveen,” Rebecca says. “Chad knew my husband was from New England so he wanted to create a New England-type of out-building.” Highlighting the new structure are two American-made porcelain enamel gooseneck lights.Read More
They pack a lot of culture, sunshine, and absolute fun into the seven square miles that make up our nation’s southernmost city. While Key West, Florida, is known for many things, the history of the place is particulary fascinating. Cuba may come to mind when you think of cigar making, but Key West was once considered the cigar capital of the world shipping more than 62 million cigars annually. In the late 1800s, there were more than 80 cigar factories with hundreds of workers living in small conch houses. One of these houses, severely damaged by fire in 2011, was recently rebuilt by today’s Featured Customer Mark who shares with us why he chose gooseneck barn lighting to honor the history of the home.
“Key West has the largest collection of antique wood frame buildings in the US except for New Orleans, and I wanted to do my part to preserve the ambience of our little lane,” Mark says. The little lane is located in Old Town and Mark was able to save the exterior in the front of the home after the fire. Working with architect Thomas E. Pope, interior designer Ben Teague, and contractor Key King Enterprises, Mark created a brand new space that is modern in feel but honors its heritage with style and materials.
“I wanted a design that would ‘live modern’ in every way but feel truer to the period of the house,” Mark explains. In the kitchen, Mark chose three 8″ Bantam Artesia Gooseneck Lights in a Galvanized finish. The two fixtures over the cabinets have G22 gooseneck arms while the one over the sink sports a G26 arm. This compact version of our larger gooseneck warehouse shades is perfect for this diminutive kitchen.
“We paired the galvanized barn lights with antique-style bulbs and they provide just the right touch of ‘rustic’ in the kitchen,” Mark says. Outside, he chose a Goodrich™ Sky Chief Porcelain Gooseneck Light with a 16″ shade over a doorway to the home. The Sky Chief was customized with a Black finish, G22 gooseneck arm, and a nostalgic Edison Style Light Bulb. The Black finish complements the signature pastel color and white trim of the house in perfect Key West style.
“It makes beautiful entry lighting and looks as if it might have been original to the house,” Mark notes. And with its tough porcelain enamel finish, this is one American made gooseneck light that will be around for whatever history Key West has in the making!Read More
When it comes to exterior lighting, there are many factors to consider, but one detail that often gets overlooked is how the fixture functions at night. Today’s Featured Customer, Michael of Millbrook Electric, recently installed one of our 17″ Goodrich Bomber Porcelain Gooseneck Lights on his business. He shared a picture of his new light on our Facebook page and told us about his favorite feature.
“The best part of having this style of lighting is the impact it makes at night,” Michael says. “It casts the most awesome light down over the door and walkway without polluting the neighbors with unwanted light.” Michael and his wife bought the building for their electrical contracting business in 2011 when they outgrew their old location.
They are now located in the Village of Millbrook, New York, in the middle of Michael’s hometown.
“As a third-generation electrical contractor, I can’t imagine myself being anywhere else to serve the public,” Michael says. The building was built in 1930 by a local family who still owned the building when Michael bought it.
“During the renovations, I wanted to keep with the style of an old warehouse so I purchased the Bomber to dress up and welcome you to the front door of the office space,” Michael explains. The Bomber is a great choice for commercial buildings and warehouses as its generous span of light offers plenty of illumination. This American-made light is hand spun by our metal crafters who also hand apply two coats of porcelain enamel glass in your choice of finish colors. Michael chose a Black finish with a G24 gooseneck arm for his classic light.
The shades are baked in our big, beautiful porcelain oven where the porcelain enamel is sealed for an extremely durable, high-gloss finish. This finish will never fade or corrode and requires minimal maintenance — all great qualities for commercial lighting!
“As an electrical contractor, I have installed many kinds of lighting from Barn Light Electric,” Michael says. “I knew just what I wanted for my own personal space — beauty, style and quality.”
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When tackling all the details involved in opening a new business, many people focus on what’s inside the doors more than anything else. For Carrie, today’s Featured Customer in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, a great deal of her time and effort went into the exterior lighting of the Stockbox Grocery.
“Our community has had issues with the storefronts not having adequate lighting,” Carrie explains. “When we went to community meetings, the first thing they wanted to know about our business was what the exterior lighting would look like.” So Carrie spent hours on the internet looking for lights with the perfect balance of style and functionality.Read More