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VINTAGE BARN LIGHTS  - by Christine

Gooseneck Barn Light - Vintage Industrial Lighting, Explosion Proof Lighting,

   Porcelain Enamel Pendant Lights, RECLAIMED-UPCYCLED Vintage Industrial Lighting 
                                
ORIGINAL PORCELAIN/ENAMEL WAREHOUSE/RLM SHADES WITH GOOSENECK ARMS -
   ORIGINAL BARN LIGHTS - ORIGINAL VINTAGE REFLECTOR SHADES  
VINTAGE BENJAMIN, IVANHOE, GOODRICH ELECTRIC, MILLER, ABOLITE, APPLETON ELECTRIC, WHEELER & 
CROUSE-HINDS SHADES & FIXTURES,
VINTAGE INDUSTRIAL MILK GLASS REFLECTORS, VINTAGE HOLOPHANE,  VINTAGE EXPLOSION PROOF LIGHTING,
CROUSE-HINDS CEILING LIGHTS BRINGS VINTAGE INDUSTRIAL CHIC TO TODAY'S HOME OR LOFT.

 

 

HISTORY OF WAREHOUSE/RLM SHADES - GLOSSARY OF TERMS


In the 1920's, with the increased need for illumination in factories and warehouses, train stations, gas stations, public buildings and streets, manufacturers offered lighting fixtures designed to meet these needs with the first Porcelain Enamel RLM shades used to protect the lighting source.  Designed to illuminate downward, they were hung from ceilings, mounted on poles and walls, the white interior offered the most reflective abilities possible.  The porcelain enamel finish was perfect as it offered a slick surface, nothing would stick to, it withstood all chemical and natural elements both inside and outside without compromise, of color, shine or function.   It is for all these properties that these fixtures were indestructable!  In 1963, strict EPA Regulations for air pollution standards involving the manufacturing of steel and the Porcelain Enamel finishing process, forced the end of the manufacturing of these fixtures.

                               


Where have these rescued warehouse/factory lighting fixtures been?  In doing research...I visited the online LIBRARY OF CONGRESS site and found some photos in their archive section.  The photos were not originally taken to focus on the lighting....but look closely, you will see them all over the factories, suspended with cords or pipes. In those days, these were just common place, 100 years later, they are a reminder of the quality, durability and function that they still present today.

 

I am pleased to present a collection of 150+ of these "ORIGINALS". They have been rescued, cleaned and restored to amazing condition.




+  RLM                     REFLECTOR LUMINAIRE MANUFACTURER,  A LIGHT

                                 FIXTURE DESIGNED TO REFLECT LIGHT DOWNWARD

                                 WITHOUT UPWARD ILLUMINATION  

 

 +  PORCELAIN ENAMEL

                                  A SPECIALLY FORMULATED,  HIGHLY DURABLE GLASS,

                                  PERMANENTLY FUSED TO METAL UNDER EXTREMELY

                                  HIGH TEMPERATURES

                                 

 

+  NOS                      NEW, OLD, STOCK, MEANING SHADES AND FIXTURES THAT

                                  ARE ORIGINAL AND VINTAGE YET THEY WERE NEVER

                                  USED

                                  

 

+  DOME REFLECTOR

                                  THE STYLE OF RLM SHADE DEFINED BY THE SHAPE OF 

                                  THE LOWER PORTION OF THE SHADE, ALLOWS FOR THE

                                  LIGHTBULB TO BE COMPLETELY HIDDEN          

 

 

+  SHALLOW DOME REFLECTOR     

                                  ALSO REFERRED TO AS LOW PROFILE, THE SHAPE OF THE

                                  LOWER PORTION OF A RLM SHADE WHICH SOMETIMES

                                  ALLOWS FOR THE BULB TO BE PARTIALLY EXPOSED

 

 

 

+  FLAT CONE REFLECTOR

                                  THE OVERALL SHAPE OF THE REFLECTOR WHICH ALLOWS

                                  FOR BROAD EXTENSIVE LIGHT DISTRIBUTION, USED IN

                                  LUMBER YARDS, RAILROAD TERMINAL YARDS AND

                                  STREET LIGHTING

 

+  RLM BOWL REFLECTOR

                                  THE SHAPE OF THE REFLECTOR WHICH ALLOWS FOR HIGH

                                  INTENSITY  NEEDED IN A RELATIVELY SMALL AREA

                                  

 

+  IN SERIES            AN ELECTRICAL TERM IN WHICH A CIRCUIT IS CONNECTED 

                                  ALLOWING FOR MORE THAN ONE LIGHT SOURCE TO BE USED

                                  TOGETHER

 

+  VOLTAGE             THE FLOW OF ELECTRICITY IN A CIRCUIT

 

+  WATTAGE            THE AMOUNT OF ENERGY EITHER USED OR PRODUCED

 

+  LUMENS               THE MEASUREMENT OF "LIGHT" SEEN BY THE EYE  

                                  ONE CANDLEPOWER = 4 LUMENS

 

+  BALL JOINT CEILING MOUNT

                                  A CEILING PLATE DESIGNED WITH A BALL JOINT, WHICH 

                                  ALLOWS THE FIXTURE TO HANG STRAIGHT WHEN 

                                  MOUNTED ON ANY ANGLE.  ALSO USED TO ALLOW 

                                  FIXTURE TO "MOVE" IN CASE OF BEING BUMPED.                    

                                 

 

 

 

+  TURN LOCK HOOD

                                  A FITTING DESIGNED TO HOUSE THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTION

                                  POINT, ALLOWING FOR THE DISCONNECT FEATURE

                                  FOR MAINTENANCE.  WITHIN THIS HOOD IS ALSO A SHOCK 

                                  ABSORBING SPRING DESIGNED FOR THE EXPECTATION THAT 

                                  THE FIXTURE MIGHT BE BUMPED , THUS THE SOCKET WOULD 

                                  NOT BREAK.  THESE WERE ALSO KNOWN AS DISKONECT RLM 

                                  REFLECTORS BY THE GOODRICH LIGHTING EQUIPMENT 

                                  COMPANY.