Jeff and Kalie were tired of renting and wanted to live in a green home that was not only energy efficient but beautiful too and equipped with as many American made products they could find. With some savings in the bank and Jeff being a jack-of-all-trades, the couple started researching sustainable designs then jumped right in and built their own green home in northern New York.
“We wanted every inch of our home to be useful,” Kalie says. “We finalized our plans last June and have worked 14 hours a day, 7 days a week since then.” The results are stunning.Read More
Though the city of Chicago burned to the ground in the late 1800s in one of the largest disasters of the 19th century, residents soon rose up and started rebuilding. One of those new homes, built in 1894, is in the Lakeview neighborhood north of the city and is home to Courtney, a hospitality designer by trade. Recently, she began renovating this historic building, and her eclectic tastes began to emerge.Read More
What’s inside your business walls may seem more important than what’s outside, but the exterior lighting on your commercial building is often the first thing your customers see. Your exterior style sets the tone for your business and can either turn people off or draw them through the door. For Carrie, a Featured Customer in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, a great deal of time went into choosing the exterior lighting for her new business — the Stockbox Grocery.
“Our community 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.
“At Barn Light Electric, we were able to get porcelain gooseneck shades in our mint color which I couldn’t find anywhere,” she says. “I was a bit nervous about it, but it blends so well with our paint.” Carrie selected four 12″ Jadite Goodrich™ Dino Porcelain Gooseneck Lights for over the long, dark green awning. For underneath, Carrie went with the space-saving Maritime Yard Light in a Galvanized finish. On the sides of the building, two Goodrich™ Sky Chief Porcelain Gooseneck Lights also in Jadite keep the alleyway and adjacent signage well lit.
“We decided early on that we wanted warehouse style lights; they’re streamlined and provide good area lighting,” Carrie says. “And it’s a good multipurpose light that let us bring in a pop of color.” Carrie was pleased that she could get multiple styles of American-made gooseneck lights at one source with a variety of finish colors and options.
And now Barn Light Electric is offering an even more attractive alternative for commercial lighting — energy-efficient and environmentally friendly LED lighting in all your favorite gooseneck styles! The Gooseneck LED collection and the Goodrich™ Porcelain Gooseneck LED collection both offer stylish RLM warehouse shades on a variety of gooseneck arm styles. These lights are enhanced by the very best in LED lighting technology from Cree, the nation’s leading innovator in LED lighting. Using TrueWhite® technology, these LED lights offer the warm, bright light found in incandescent bulbs but with a much longer life and no hazardous mercury.
Photos courtesy of Paul Hagopian and Stockbox Grocery
In one of the final episodes of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Barn Light Electric was proud to supply two porcelain gooseneck barn lights as a stunning accent for a little girl’s Texas bedroom. Shown here are the Goodrich™ Esso Porcelain Gooseneck lights in a delightful Yellow finish. The Esso comes in both 8″ and 10″ sizes and a rainbow of porcelain enamel finish colors. Perhaps Cherry Red or creamy Jadite would suit your style, or if you want something more traditional, consider Graphite or Bronze.Read More
We’ve shown you countless uses for vintage barn lights in recent posts, but today might be the most unique. Taken by very own photographer, the images today come from the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We’re sure many of you have heard of this famous prison, but here is a little background information.
The Eastern State Penitentiary originally opened back in 1829. There was a lot of controversy about opening such a prison that would supposedly “change the behavior of inmates through ‘confinement in solitude with labor.’” With the exception of a few sky lights, cells were completely blocked off from the outside world, even feed doors were installed to prevent contact with guards while delivering food. This also meant that prisoners within the walls wore masks in order to keep the inmates from communicating during rare trips outside their cells; inmates were even required to wear these masks while outdoors. A few of America’s most notorious criminals were held here, these include Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton.
At the time, the Eastern State Penitentiary was the most expensive building for it’s time – originally costing $780,000 (that’s about 3,644 Benjamin™ Aero Lights today). Its wagon-wheel or radial layout has impacted prisons around the world, with an estimated more than 300 worldwide basing theirs on this design.
While this building is packed with history, as is its lighting. Our photographer, Lauren, was able to capture photos of vintage warehouse shades used within the hallways of this historical landmark. You’ll find the exact same styles as our exclusive porcelain lights. Such examples are the Benjamin™ Aero (shown above), the Benjamin™ Union (right) and the Goodrich™ Aero (shown below).
We’re not sure when exactly these lights were installed within the prison, but you can tell it was a very, very long time ago. Both styles of lights sit idol today, still lining the desolate hallways during tours. Although the penitentiary was abandoned in 1971, today, it is undergoing renovations. Should authentic replica lighting be needed, you now know where to go!Read More