Schoolhouse Lighting

Cast your style back. Way back. Back to industrial Art Deco of 1920s schoolhouses. Classically styled Schoolhouse Lights were featured throughout law courts, schools and libraries of the early 20th century. 

These art deco styled lighting is ideal for open-plan areas, kitchens, dining areas and entertainment halls to fill a great space with a welcoming, all-over glow.


This light style’s timeless versatility has withstood the test of time and remains a popular choice for interior design today.

The simple nature of this light allows for easy transitional styling in both traditional and modern decors, thanks to its smooth opaque glass shade and comforting form. Barn Light schoolhouse shades are created in the same manner as vintage shades, using high-quality opal glass in a traditional hand-blown method.

Choose from a quality selection of these classic art deco styled schoolhouse pendant and wall lights at Barn Light and bring a piece of history into your home today.

Art Deco lighting | a history

For schools and law courts, schoolhouse pendant lights were the standard. The centrally placed location allows light to reach all corners of the room without casting shadows. The bright illumination of these lights even stretches upward, illuminating the lovely ceiling elements that were prominent at the time.

What is schoolhouse lighting?

Simple bare bulbs hung from a cable were used as early pendant lights. In the early twentieth century, lighting manufacturers began to cover these bare bulbs with hand-blown, opaque globes. These new lights were erected in places like schools, libraries, and courthouses. Thanks to the current vintage vogue, the schoolhouse fixture has found its way into both residential and business locations.

Types of schoolhouse lighting styles

The strong globes are well-protected by ceramic casings that scatter light evenly and broadly. These come in two unique styles and a variety of powder coat colours, banding designs, and mounting styles. The industrial chain-hung pendant is especially popular to go with the schoolhouse globe, while the stem-mount fixture is more durable. The wall-mounted gooseneck barn light for a decorative row of these exquisite ceramic domes is becoming increasingly popular.

Quality schoolhouse lighting

The Australian-Made Schoolhouse cap uses a universal three-thumbscrew suspension inspired by vintage lighting. This enables you to match them to any mounting you desire and in any setting. Barn Light makes each light to the high standards of Australian design and artistry. We can waterproof the dome for installation in the harshest environments, either inside or outside.

High-quality vinyl 3M automotive trims are ideal for outdoor use as they seal the light while resisting high-UV light that we Australians know all too well. We offer two sizes of glass dome in the Schoolhouse light range and a Plexiglass sphere that will continue to perform for longer than anything made from acrylic. Like the schoolhouses of old, these are made to last!

Schoolhouse lights were a staple light fitting in the early 20th century…

Once found throughout spaces such as schools, libraries and courtrooms, the classic schoolhouse light was a practical task and ambient light.

Any one of our schoolhouse lights could make an ideal addition to any space’s décor. Our range takes inspiration from the classic art deco area and features these timeless designs:

  • Gooseneck
  • Barn pendant
  • Chain hung
  • Stem mount

Each one has a hand-crafted glass globe and industrial fitter. Our beautiful art deco lighting gets excellent marks for style! Ideal for above tables in breakfast nooks! Perfect for restaurant lighting, a schoolhouse light can become a stylish focal point in any décor.

Bring old-world charm back into your space. Our schoolhouse art deco lighting is designed to add that touch of elegance to your home.