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Vintage Barn Lighting: Why Do These Antiques Last for Generations?

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 | 3 comments

Vintage Barn Lighting: Why Do These Antiques Last for Generations?
We spent much of the 1970s and ’80s being bombarded with the message that new is better than old. Lease a new car then turn it in and get another new one. Use a new plastic bottle each day instead of filling up a glass. Luckily, there’s been a significant shift of late towards preserving the past. Upcycling, reusing, and repurposing are no longer fringe concepts but words to live by! Like many people, we love finding old treasures like vintage barn lights. Ones that have been in use for decades and, with a little TLC, can be made like new again for many more years of service. Barn Light Electric grew from the excitement of finding old lighting fixtures made... Read More

Pendant Lighting | A Look Back at Vintage Porcelain Lighting Fixtures

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Pendant Lighting | A Look Back at Vintage Porcelain Lighting Fixtures
I know it’s July and the school bell will remain silent for six more weeks, but there’s no time like the present for a little education. No groaning please. Education is information and information is key when you’re looking to invest in lighting. Let’s face it. You can go to your local big-box store and spend $20 on a look-alike wall sconce that came from China. But considering it only costs you $20 and it had to be shipped overseas, how much money do you think actually went into the materials? Not much. Which is why most “inexpensive” lights rust almost immediately or fall apart at the first hint of use. ... Read More

Cord Hung Lighting Gets a Makeover with Array of New Colors

Posted by on May 30, 2014 | 0 comments

Cord Hung Lighting Gets a Makeover with Array of New Colors
They say the devil is in the details. Not sure who “they” are, but I tend to agree! The details, like those last few items on your punch list that the contractor just can’t seem to finish, can drive people to distraction when trying to complete any task. The last two percent can be the most difficult. When your task is selecting new lighting for your home or office, getting the details right can mean the difference between ending up with a basic fixture or one that adds the wow factor you want when you walk into the room. ... Read More

Vintage Appleton™ Pendants Rewired, Restored for Modern Use

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 | 0 comments

Vintage Appleton™ Pendants Rewired, Restored for Modern Use
Designers,  homeowners, and even business owners the world over seem to be in a vintage tizzy. Anything old is a hot commodity and the lighting industry is no exception. A web search of vintage lighting brings up a host of fixtures from bygone eras that offer a timeless sense of style. Gone are the days when everything in your décor has to match. A modern loft in New York brimming with glass and metal may be accented with Art Deco wall sconces, while a ranch-style home in Memphis may feature gas station lights from the 1940s along the driveway.... Read More

Vintage Porcelain Warehouse Shades Add History, Elegance to Design

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 | 0 comments

Vintage Porcelain Warehouse Shades Add History, Elegance to Design
This adorable little breakfast nook has so much going for it, it’s hard to decide which element we like best! With light streaming in on three sides, convenient bench seating, and a classic warehouse shade to cast light in the evenings, this space is loaded with charming details. The vented warehouse shade complements the vintage look of the apron front sink and the white subway tile that helps keep the narrow space bright and open. ... Read More

Vintage Warehouse Shades Lend Classic Look to Homes, Businesses

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 | 0 comments

Vintage Warehouse Shades Lend Classic Look to Homes, Businesses
There was a time when warehouse pendant lighting was found, well, in warehouses! And also in factories where the wide bowl of these pendant lamps reflected light over a large area, a critical feature where heavy machinery and meticulous work was involved. These lights not only had to provide plenty of illumination, but had to be durable in an industrial setting. Manufacturers in the early 20th century would hand craft these light fixtures using only the finest commercial grade materials of the time. ... Read More