Warm and cosy barn lighting – a new photo case study

We’ve been working on this lovely barn conversion since early 2016.  Our clients had found us on Houzz and approached us to design a lighting scheme for the barn.  18 months on and this is our latest finished project to be photographed.  Warm and cosy barn lighting; it’s a super space and what a great photo for this time of the year.

Uplighting the Stone Mullions and Feature Wall in a Stone Barn Conversion

Barns can be tricky spaces to light

This photograph illustrates some of the typical challenges in lighting a barn.  Vaulted ceilings go hand in hand with next to no usable voids.  All of this means ceiling recessed downlights aren’t an option here.  Not that they would be a great way to light the space anyway.  There’s a need for downlighting for the seating areas but the main focal points are the wonderful stone wall and windows.

The lighting is layered.  Powerful ground recessed LED uplights bring out all the colour and texture in the stone wall.  Equally importantly they provide a significant level of ambient light for the space; they are much more than accent lights.

Lighting the stone mullions and cill with custom track mounted LED fittings

The windows needed a different approach.  Again they’re uplit but mounting lights into the solid stone sill wasn’t an attractive option.  Instead we used a custom track.  It’s a small track of the kind you’d more typically find in jewelers shops and it allows us to mount lights exactly where they’re needed to pick out the detail of the stone mullions.  The fittings are miniature LED spotlights ideally suited for this kind of work.  We don’t have these particular fittings on our online shop yet but if you’d like more details drop us a line here.

Carefully sited surface mounted spotlights on the beams complete the picture.  They deliver higher levels of directional light to the areas that need it, such as the sofas.

First floor plan for stone Yorkshire barn

More photographs of this case study coming soon

Charlotte Gale photographing a stone Yorkshire barn

These are the only photos we’ve got back from the shoot so far.  We’ve seen the low resolution proofs from the shoot and they’re great.  We’ll have them live on the site soon.


A big thank you to our clients for their patience while we clambered over their house late at night and thanks to Charlie for another super photo shoot.  

Charlotte Gale Photography

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