Of all the rooms in the house where good lighting is critical, the kitchen is perhaps the most important. The requirements for lighting may vary since so many activities take place in this hub of the home. Cooking needs focused lighting on food prep areas while entertaining needs more flexible, ambient lighting options. Kitchen lighting must be durable, dependable, and delightful to the eyes as well. And that sums up porcelain enamel lighting to a tee.
In this Madison, Connecticut, home, which was featured on our main blog last week, Jennifer chose a classic light to illuminate her new apron front sink that looks out towards Long Island Sound. Though Jennifer has loads of natural light streaming into the kitchen, the Goodrich™ Union Porcelain Gooseneck Light gets a workout when the sun goes down and on dark and dreary winter days. The traditional look of the gooseneck light complements the other features of the room including the plank ceiling, beadboard walls, and honey colored oak floors.
“I loved the jadite finish offered by Barn Light Electric, but I ended up with the white since it matched my kitchen better,” Jennifer says. “This is just perfect!” Jennifer will never have to worry about corrosion or the finish fading on her new light. Though once a favorite of lighting manufacturers back in the early 20th century, porcelain enamel fell out of use thanks to cheaper painting techniques. Barn Light Electric has revived this traditional process of hand spinning shades from commercial grade steel then coating it with layers of porcelain enamel glass to create one of the longest lasting finishes on the market today.
“Of all the many decisions we had to make while building our home, we are most pleased with the quality and look of our lighting,” Jennifer says. “The lights work perfectly with our mix of old and new. I couldn’t get over how sturdy the construction was and how easy they were to install. I can’t say enough!”
Photo courtesy of the homeowner