Welcome guest, Sign In or Create an Account
Menu
Loading, please wait...

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!

Read More »
BLE-C-SBD
The Dominion Cord Hung Pendant imparts a modern sensibility to classic lighting designs. The shade’s sleek streamlined profile offers a sense of character...
$180.00

BLE-W-WHU-N
Made right here in America, the Union is a durable yet eye-catching wall sconce. Embracing styles from the early 20th century, the Union features a distinct...
$272.00

BLE-CN-WHA
To become an instant favorite in homes and businesses, the Avalon partners vintage influences with modern rugged appeal. American made and attentively...
$254.00

BLE-CN-SBD
Suspending a timeless RLM shade from a rugged chain mounting, the Dominion establishes an authentic industrial aesthetic. The Dominion’s shallow bowl design...
$240.00

BLE-G-SBS
Based on designs from the 1930s, the Sinclair’s classic lines and straightforward appearance complement the various styles popular in contemporary décors....
$175.00

BLE-CN-RWS
Industrial yet casual, the Seaside Pendant features a festive fluted shade and rugged chain mounting. By embracing a timeless design, the Seaside...
$261.00

BLE-S-SBS
A more formal option for pendant lighting, the Sinclair encloses its wires behind a sturdy metal stem. By centering its look on this mounting and a...
$180.00

BLE-CN-WHB
For the unrivaled quality of American craftsmanship, consider the Bomber for your home or business’s lighting plan. The Bomber’s deep RLM warehouse shade is...
$248.00

BLE-C-YDM
Handcrafted from quality materials and featuring a timeless appearance, the American-made Marathon Pendant prioritizes function alongside its aesthetics. By...
$190.00

BLE-CN-DCS
For a beautiful blend of styles, don't miss our Sterling Deep Cone Chain Hung Pendant. Featuring a mid-century style flared shade with an industrial chain...
$182.00

BLE-S-YDM
Intended for residential and commercial lighting applications, the Marathon combines a sleek modern warehouse shade and a sturdy stem mounting. A team of...
$199.00

BLE-CN-YDM
Sure to make a mark on any décor, the Marathon nods to vintage lighting styles. To create a fixture that complements both traditional and contemporary...
$263.00

BLE-CN-SBS
Stylish and artfully constructed by hand, the Sinclair is an ideal lighting option for homes and businesses. Embracing an industrial flair, the Sinclair...
$178.00

BLE-G-WHS-LED
Evocative of influential early 20th-century lighting styles, The Original™ appeals to both traditional and contemporary décors. This iconic gooseneck light...
$404.00

BLE-C-WHS-LED
Classic porcelain lighting outfitted with cutting-edge LED technology — The Original™ is a true union between vintage and modern. LED components, integrated...
$363.00

BLE-S-WHS-LED
Uniting iconic styles with advanced LED technology, The Original™ is an integral addition to residential and commercial lighting plans. About 85% more...
$371.00

BLE-CN-WHS-LED
Thanks to its industrial leaning aesthetic, The Original™ is an incredibly versatile LED pendant light. Hanging from a durable chain mounting, this ceiling...
$402.00

BLE-G-OI
While The Chicago recalls early 20th-century explosion proof lighting, its rounded shape and industrial edge also appeals to contemporary décors and the...
$288.00

BLE-S-ST3-WHS16
With its elevated industrial aesthetic, The Original™ incorporates three classic RLM-style shades. By emphasizing timeless designs, this pendant complements...
$795.00

BLE-C-DBW-1002
Looking for a truly unique cord hung pendant for your home or office? Don't miss the Pollock No. 02! Designed to catch your eye, the Pollock No. 02 adds an...
$329.00

BLE-S-ST2-SBA12
Our Aero 2-Light Stem Mount Pendant offers an elevated style and plenty of illumination. With roots in the industrial lighting of the early 20th century,...
$474.00

BLE-S-ST2-WHB17
A unique ceiling light, the Bomber embraces classic styles and old-world craftsmanship, becoming a favorite in both homes and businesses. With its shade’s...
$530.00

BLE-C-DBL
With the latest trends in mind, our Loma Cord Hung Pendant assumes the clean lines and curves that epitomize contemporary designs. By emphasizing the...
$185.00

BLE-S-ST2-WHS16
Add classic style to your space with The Original™ 2-Light Stem Mount Pendant. Two RLM warehouse shades are joined to a single mounting establishing a...
$568.00
 

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.

TOP