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Known for their durability and distinctive glisten, our iconic porcelain barn lights are hand-crafted from solid steel and coated with multiple layers of this unique material. With various finish colors, accessories, and other customization options, our signature RLM shades become true one-of-a-kinds!

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Reminiscent of vintage designs, the Wilcox’s deep bowl shade presents a simple yet striking profile. The Wilcox’s curved lines and streamlined shape embody...

A classic RLM-inspired shade, the Bomber’s timeless design appeals to both traditional and contemporary décors. This aesthetic versatility is due to the...

A classic barn light with an updated, modern feel! With its stacked neck design, sleek flared base, and iconic gooseneck arm, the Aero offers a versatile...

Inspired by historic designs, the Dino suspends an industrial RLM shade from a rugged chain mounting. Suitable for both residential and commercial...

With its flared metal shade and eye-catching chain mounting, the Aero represents the wide range of styles and design concepts preferred in modern homes and...

The Seaside, one of our most creative designs, brings the relaxed vibe of the ocean to residential or commercial lighting plans! To create a playful style,...

Evocative of the ocean, the Seaside’s playful wavy shade brings a casual spirit to a home or business. Inspired by 1930s gas station lighting, the Seaside’s...

An accent piece that’s equally functional and fashionable, the Wilcox’s deep bowl shade captures attention as it emits a focused beam of light. With its...

With roots in early 20th-century lighting, the Marathon embraces a low profile and timeless shallow bowl shade. Despite these vintage influences, the...

With all the classic styling of an RLM-inspired warehouse shade, the Avalon Wall Sconce offers plenty of light in a compact fixture. Available with multiple...

A design first developed for gas stations and industrial buildings, gooseneck lighting’s timeless appearance is a favorite in both residential and...

Thanks to its undersized profile, the Wesco Wall Sconce can bring style and personality to a home or business’s smaller spaces. Modeled after vintage...

Complementing a wide variety of décor sensibilities, the Dino fits multiple hand-crafted RLM shades to a sturdy stem mounting. The three shades spread...

Our Bomber Stem Mount Pendant carries on the tradition of RLM lighting for contemporary settings. The Bomber's shade presents a simple curved design and...

First developed for a wide light spread, the Dominion’s timeless RLM style remains relevant to modern décors. This design incorporates a flared shallow bowl...

To impart a touch of style into homes and businesses, the Dominion Wall Sconce features a sleek shallow bowl shade. Influenced by early 20th century...

Bring the iconic look of RLM warehouse shades to your home or business with the Avalon! Modeled after 1930s designs, the Avalon offers a familiar style to...

Displaying a versatile aesthetic, the Sterling supplies the unique decorative touches needed to separate your home or business from any neighboring...

The Union, a classic American-made lighting fixture, calls upon the past for inspiration. Entirely handcrafted, the Union embraces a time-honored...

With its shallow fluted shade, this stem mounted pendant resembles the gas station lights of the early 20th century. Despite its classic influences, the...

As a classic wall sconce, the Bomber offers industrial styles to the tighter areas of homes and businesses. Influenced by the warehouse lights of the 1940s,...

Contemporary homes and businesses often embrace clean, streamlined décors, and this pendant light exemplifies this modern approach to design. The...

The Sterling’s unique shallow bowl shade offers a timeless aesthetic that complements the various styles used in contemporary settings. By invoking vintage...

Suspending a timeless RLM shade from a rugged chain mounting, the Dominion establishes an authentic industrial aesthetic. The Dominion’s shallow bowl design...

What is Porcelain Enamel? And why’s it used in lighting?

Porcelain enamel is a glass coating used in the manufacturing of innumerable household products. Also referred to as vitreous enamel, porcelain’s appeal primarily centers on its inherent ability to strengthen and protect these items from everyday wear and tear.

Due to its unmatched durability and resiliency, porcelain was an industry standard for historic lighting manufacturers. The shades once installed in factories, warehouses, and agricultural settings were ensconced with layers of porcelain enamel to help them withstand the sometimes taxing conditions they faced in these locations.

What are some aesthetic benefits to porcelain?

Unlike other finishes which can gradually fade with age, porcelain has demonstrated the ability to retain its color even after decades of use. Along with this color retention, porcelain possesses high-gloss properties that beautifully render colors and let the shades glisten in the sunlight.

What is RLM lighting?

Porcelain enamel is most commonly used on traditional RLM lighting shades—that stands for Reflective Luminaire Manufacturer. RLM lights are designed to direct light downward onto floors, sidewalks, and other surfaces, filling homes and businesses with illumination. These lights originated to brighten industrial and outdoor settings, but they eventually found their way into the interior spaces of businesses and homes.

RLM designs have remained consistent throughout the 20th century. Because they feature nostalgic character without feeling outdated or antiquated, RLM lights are still prominently featured in contemporary homes and businesses. As new preferences and styles have emerged, slight variations on these classic designs, like rounded lines and subtle playfulness, let RLM shades remain relevant to modern spaces.

How is porcelain enamel lighting constructed?

Historically, porcelain light fixtures were manufactured exclusively by hand, but eventually mass production replaced this “hands on” approach. However, manufacturers like Barn Light Electric, who revived the art of porcelain enamel lighting in the United States, honor the legacies of traditional lighting companies by producing American made lights and RLM shades by hand.

At Barn Light Electric, the process of creating porcelain enamel lights begins as round disks are stamped out of flat pieces of steel. The steel disks are then spun on a lathe and carefully worked around a mold by hand until it assumes the traditional shape. Holding the shades in their hands let our talented artisans pay meticulous attention to detail as they create each light.

Multiple layers of porcelain enamel are then applied to the shade to give them their distinctive appearance and ingrained durability. To permanently fuse the porcelain and steel together, the shades are fired in an oven capable of reaching temperatures of 1,600 degrees. After that, the shades are outfitted with sockets, mountings, and other customization options and shipped to homes and businesses throughout the country!

What the most common mountings for porcelain light fixtures? Where is porcelain enamel lighting typically installed?

Because porcelain light shades are capable of interior and exterior installation, they’re available with nearly every mounting imaginable. This lets every space embrace the nostalgic look of RLM porcelain lighting.

  • With a look evocative of the fixtures found on classic barns, porcelain gooseneck lights offer a grounded character to contemporary décors. This mounting protects the fixture’s wires, allowing installation in outdoor spaces and high volume commercial settings. Multiple angles of curved gooseneck arms further determine the light’s aesthetic while providing distance from the wall.
  • As pendant lighting, porcelain shades carry a traditional style to the various rooms of homes and businesses. Cord hung porcelain pendants are frequently installed above tables, both in kitchens and restaurants, to give spaces a defining aesthetic and establish its mood. Porcelain pendants with chain mountings function similarly, but with an enhanced industrial character. Because they protect the fixture’s wires, stem mounted pendants can be included in indoor and outdoor locations.
  • Mounted squarely against the wall, porcelain-coated sconces offer RLM styles with a more compact profile. With their wiring tucked away, wall sconces can greet guests outdoors on front porches or carry style into hallways.
  • Porcelain chandeliers unite multiple RLM shades with a single mounting. Used to make a statement in both homes and businesses, these lights function as the eye-catching focal points that define a room’s aesthetic.
  • For lights exclusively for outdoor spaces, porcelain post mount lights contribute security and style to settings like parking lots, public parks, and sidewalks.

With a vast selection of porcelain colors, wire cages and cast guards, and other options, all porcelain lighting can be fully customized to meet any space’s particular needs.