The story about how our business started.
Jesse-Lee Stringer thought he knew about lighting.
Thought he did.
In 2008, he received a call from Bryan and Donna from Florida. A lovely couple with a business in American-made heritage lights. Jesse helped them out, and they were so impressed with Jesse that they invited him over to work with Dog Dish Lights, now Barn Light Electric Co.
It was there that Jesse learned everything there was to know about producing locally-made lights.
Jesse inherited Bryan and Donna’s passion about quality home-grown craftsmanship of beautiful and functional lights, and most importantly their business ethics. Everything they did was about trust and dependability.
One day, after four years of experiencing these values, Bryan entrusted Jesse-Lee with a heart-stopping proposal: Go start the Australian centre of Barn Light Electric.
Moving back to the South-East of Melbourne, Jesse-Lee started Barn Light from scratch. He sourced only the dependable companies to provide him with flawless work and gathered yet more Australian suppliers, craftsmen and materials.
To this day, Barn Light is the only place in Australia to get lighting fixtures even close to this quality, and is the hallmark of the highest of business ethics, and Australian manufacturing.
Here is the story of the American inspiration, Bryan and Donna:
With a passion for vintage lighting, in 2008 Bryan and Donna Scott left their professional careers to launch Barn Light as a fulltime business. Drawn to antique lights for their timeless designs and craftsmanship, the couple decided to manufacture their fixtures the old-fashioned way — by hand, from high quality materials.
They revived the art of metal spinning, and introduced their own porcelain enamel operation in 2012. At the time, porcelain enamel lighting hadn’t been manufactured in the United States for more than fifty years.
Having grown up in the shadow of Kennedy Space Center, Bryan and Donna know first-hand what hard work and imagination can accomplish. Even with Barn Light’s rapid growth, the couple continues to imbue this belief into each light the company manufactures.
In the early days of the lighting industry, when shades were diligently handcrafted from the highest quality materials, lights were intended as lifelong features of a setting. Porcelain enamel, an early hallmark of the industry, was used as an extra layer of protection to keep these lights performing, even in taxing industrial and agricultural settings. With the advent of cheaper materials and manufacturing techniques such as powdercoating, most lighting fixtures lost this initial durability.
Motivated by a desire to return to the original way of doing things, our lights are manufactured with skill and artistry. In our Florida-based facility, flat pieces of commercial grade metal are spun on a lathe and are carefully manipulated and sculpted until they assume the correct shape.
To fully replicate the quality found in vintage lights, a collection of these handcrafted shades are coated in porcelain. This meticulous process ingrains a tangible sense of dependability and integrity directly into each light we produce.
Everything we make, we make for a purpose – Quality.Managing Director
Filling spaces with beauty and Australian craftsmanship keeps us coming to work with a purpose, while each day striving to do this even better.