While there are dizzying numbers of light fixtures available on the market today, the type of finish gets quickly whittled down to two. Yes, there are metals to consider, such as brass and copper, but if you want a color, your choices typically come down to either a powder coat or porcelain enamel finish.
A powder coat finish offers durability for use inside and out and is available in a wide range of colors. Porcelain enamel offers that and more. Once a staple in the lighting industry back in the early 20th century, porcelain enamel lighting was the gold standard for commercial lighting. From warehouses and factories to gas stations and retail stores, porcelain... Read More
With sales promos clogging up my inbox and Christmas carols blasting in every store, that can only mean one thing. Well, OK, maybe more than one thing.
What it does mean is that winter is just around the corner! And after all the merriment and mayhem of the holidays are over, in less than three weeks mind you, we will have to contend with all that Mother Nature dishes out with the coming of the season.
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One of the greatest things about a country whose ancestors came from all over the world is the variety of cultures, traditions, and best of all, foods we get to enjoy! In the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, the Italians had their heyday in the 50s and 60s when sandwich shops dotted the corners and residents enjoyed sandwiches piled high with prosciutto, pastrami, and provolone. Many of the old shops disappeared over the years as Park Slope changed with the times and the economy, but the recent opening of Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe on 7th Avenue has brought a healthy dose of Italian flavor back to the neighborhood.
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When you find a design element you love, you return to it again and again. And so it is with Jana, our Featured Customer whom we visited in a May posting when she revealed the remodeling efforts in her lovely farmhouse kitchen. Jana chose Benjamin® Bomber pendants and Wheeler™ Esso sconces for her space and liked the look so much she returned to those two families of lights for her dining and family rooms.
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When you’re in the throes of a remodeling project, there are seemingly a thousand things that can go wrong. But sometimes you just get lucky. When Kara of Illinois recently tackled a kitchen remodel in her 1890s-era farmhouse, she selected three of Barn Light Electric’s Ivanhoe® Esso Warehouse Porcelain Pendants in a Jadite finish.
“The Jadite is a favorite color of ours,” Kara says. “And lo and behold the pendants totally matched our new glass subway tile back splash. That was kismet! I had no idea if they would match.” The 8″ Esso pendants are ideal for Kara’s kitchen island — not too big and not too small. The... Read More