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9 Best Barn Lights of 2022 – Pole Barn lighting Ideas

A good set of barn lights is essential for both practicality and the security of your property. But with so many different options on the market, the choice can be confusing. The good news is, we’re here to help!

We’re going to take a look at the nine best barn lights out there right now. And we’ll tell you everything you need to know about their pros and cons before you buy.

So if you’re ready, step this way to find your new barn lights!

Quick Pick: Best Barn Light Ideas

 

The Best Barn Lights on the Market

1. DEWENWILS

DEWENWILS Outdoor Light Fixture, 2-Pack Gooseneck Barn Light, E26 Socket, Vintage Wall Sconce for Farmhouse, Porch, Kitchen Sink, Garage, Bronze, ETL Listed

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With this option from DEWENWILS, you’ll get not one barn light but two. The matching pair are designed to be hardwired in, and can be used indoors or out.

You’ll get all the accessories for mounting included in the package. There’s a mounting bracket, two screws for the outlet box, and three wire connectors.

The exterior of the lamps is finished in an attractive bronze. Inside the metal is coated in white to reflect the light. The metal shades have a diameter of 10.8 inches. The mounting panel has a diameter of 5.1 inches.

The lamps are fitted with E26 sockets, which gives you a choice of a range of different bulbs. They’ll work with LED, incandescent, halogen and CFL bulbs. Just choose the A19 style with a maximum of 60 watts.

While these lights are recommended for outdoor use, there’s no weatherproofing between the light and the wall. If you’re going to be using them outside, a more sheltered position will be best.

That will also help them maintain their looks. We’ve heard of some issues with the bronze color fading over time when placed in strong sunlight.

Pros:

  • Come as a matching pair
  • Includes all the necessary fixings for wall mounting
  • White interior to reflect the light

Cons:

  • No weatherproofing at the join between the light and the wall
  • The bronze finish may fade over time, especially in strong sunlight.

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2. Sylvania, Easton

SYLVANIA Easton Sconce Light Vintage Fixture, Flush Mount, 60W A19 LED Bulb Included, Dimmable, Antique Black (60062)

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If you’re looking for a barn light that can be dimmed, check out the Easton from Sylvania. You’ll also get a clear 800 lumen A19 filament bulb as part of the package.

The metal shade has an attractive vintage industrial look, and it’s finished in matte black. The distance from the wall to the front of the shade is 16.2 inches, and the maximum height is 11.5 inches.

It’s rated for either indoor or outdoor use. Installation is fairly easy – expect to get the job done in about 15 minutes.

There are just a couple of issues to look out for. The first is the light will pull away from the wall under its own weight. Adding a couple of washers to offer extra support will fix that.

The second related issue is that it’s harder to install if your wall isn’t completely flat. You may need to adjust the set-up to get the lamp to sit level.

Pros:

  • Smart vintage industrial look
  • Rated for indoor or outdoor use
  • One 800 lumen light bulb is included in the package

Cons:

  • Will sag under its own weight without additional support
  • Takes a little work to get it to sit level if your wall isn’t completely flat.

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3. Juyace

120W LED Barn Light 18000LM Dusk to Dawn 5000K Daylight Adjustable Angle Yard Light with Photocell IP65 Waterproof for Outdoor Security/Area Light

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This light from Juyace is a great option to improve security on your property. It contains a sensor so it switches on automatically at dusk, and turns itself off again at sunrise.

It’s made of diecast aluminum, so it’s tough yet lightweight. It will resist shock and the elements, even in locations that get a lot of rain. And it comes with a five-year unlimited warranty for peace of mind.

The design is simple and utilitarian. A large circular LED light sits at the end of an arm that extends away from your wall. The mounting pole measures 22.8 inches.

You may find you need to add shims to prevent lateral movement when it’s in place. If you prefer, you can mount the lamp directly on the wall.

The light here is very bright. The energy-efficient 120-watt LED produces an astonishing 18,000 lumens. That’s the same as you’d get from a 500-watt halogen bulb.

This is best positioned between 26 and 50 feet above the ground. That will give you light in a diameter of between 90 and 170 feet. So while it’s a great choice for a larger property, this light won’t be suitable if you have near neighbors.

Pros:

  • Very bright – 18,000 lumens
  • Sensor switches the light on and off automatically at dusk and dawn
  • Energy efficient LED

Cons:

  • You may find you need to add shims to get it to sit firm
  • Not suitable if you have neighbors close by.

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4. Steel Lighting Co., Redondo

Steel Lighting Co. The Redondo Gooseneck Barn Light, Matte Black, 20” Dome - Farmhouse Light Fixture

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The classically styled Redondo from the Steel Lighting Co. would look good in any location. You can choose between a 16-inch or 23-inch gooseneck, an upslope gooseneck, or a 20-inch straight mounting arm.

The lamp is made of alloy steel with a powder coated finish that means it can be used indoors or outside. The shade has a diameter of 20 inches, so it’s a real feature. And it comes in a choice of eight different colors, including matte and gloss black, galvanized, red and green.

You can choose it with or without sensors. With them, your lamp will switch itself on automatically when the sun goes down. When the light increases at dawn, it will switch itself off again.

If you choose a gooseneck lamp, watch out for the join between the neck and the cover nut. You may find there’s a small gap which can let in water. Add a bead of silicone to prevent any problems when it rains.

Make sure you check your package on delivery too. We’ve heard of one case where the lamp arrived scratched.

Pros:

  • Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
  • Choice of colors and mounting pole designs
  • Available with sensors for automatic dusk to dawn operation, if required

Cons:

  • Watch out for gaps between the neck and cover nut that can let in water
  • We’ve heard of one case where the lamp arrived scratched.

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5. BRIGHTESS #61

BRIGHTESS #61 Retro Black Wall Sconce Gooseneck Barn Flat Lamp Industrial Vintage Farmhouse Wall Lamp Led Lamp Fixtures Set of Two Hardwired (2 Packs)

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The model #61 from Brightess offers a pair of domed lamps in a smart black finish.

They have an E26 light fitting and will work with CFL, LED or incandescent bulbs. The gooseneck mounting arm extends 9 inches from the wall. The diameter of each lamp is 10.2 inches.

The exterior is available in a choice of black, gold or gray. The interior is painted white, enhancing the light. Like most of the models on our list, this needs to be hardwired in – there’s no integrated switch. All the necessary components for mounting it are included in the package.

One major limitation with these lamps is that they’re not designed for outdoor use. They’ll be fine for use in a covered location, like a porch. But if you want light in an area that’s exposed to the elements, this won’t be the right choice.

And note that this is another case where you may find the lamps lean slightly away from the wall. This can be fixed with shims, but takes extra work.

Pros:

  • Choice of three different colors
  • Will work with CFL, LED or incandescent light bulbs
  • All the fittings to mount the lamps are included in the pack

Cons:

  • Not suitable for use in exposed outdoor locations
  • They have a tendency to lean slightly away from the wall.

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6. Bestshared

Bestshared Farmhouse Wall Mount Lights, Gooseneck Barn Light, Outdoor Wall Lantern for Porch with Black Finish and Contrast Color Interior

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This traditionally styled lamp from Bestshared comes in a pack of four. It’s the perfect choice if you want matching pairs of lamps to frame a front and back door.

The elegant design extends 13 inches from the wall. The shade is 11.4 inches in diameter, and the maximum height is 13.5 inches.

The matte black finish gives the appearance of cast iron, and there’s a contrasting copper interior. It’s another wall-mounted design, with all the necessary fixings included as standard.

Each lamp has an E26 socket. It can be used with an LED, CFL or incandescent light bulb, with a maximum power of 100 watts. And they can be used outdoors as well as in.

These are more expensive than some designs on our list, but they’re also great quality. Just note that the mounting screws are a little short. That can give rise to the familiar problem of some lateral movement against the wall.

Pros:

  • Comes in packs of four
  • Stylish matte black exterior and contrasting copper interior
  • Weatherproof for outdoor use

Cons:

  • Fairly pricey
  • The mounting screws are shorter than we’d like.

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7. TORCHSTAR (Our Top Pick)

TORCHSTAR LED Barn Light, Dusk to Dawn Area Lights with Photocell, Outdoor Security Flood Lighting, ETL & DLC Listed, Wet Location, 110-277V, Garage, Farm, 5-Year Warranty, 5000K Daylight, Bronze

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If you’re looking for a heavy duty, durable barn light, this one from TORCHSTAR should make your shortlist.

The design here is practical, rather than beautiful. There’s a round, bright LED light with a simple glass cover and a dark gray aluminum mount.

The 40-watt LED offers as much light as a 400-watt halogen light bulb, making it easy on your energy bills. Sensors switch it on automatically from dusk until dawn. And cooling fins prevent it overheating to extend its life.

It comes with a 5-year warranty. And it’s completely waterproof, so safe to use even in exposed outdoor areas.

One thing to watch out for is that the flex it comes with is very short. And the lag bolts supplied to mount the lights are only partially threaded. Replace them for fully threaded versions to save yourself a headache during installation.

Pros:

  • Energy efficient LED bulb
  • Sensor for automatic operation from dusk to dawn
  • Completely waterproof and comes with a 5-year warranty

Cons:

  • The flex attached to the unit is very short
  • The lag bolts aren’t fully threaded, which makes installation trickier than it should be.

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8. SZGMJIA

100W LED Barn Light, SZGMJIA 15,000lm Dusk to Dawn Yard Light with Photocell,CREE LED 5000K Daylight, 600W MH/HPS Replacement, 5-Year Warranty, IP65 Waterproof for Outdoor Security/Area Light

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This barn light is similar to the TORCHSTAR design. It has the same simple circular light with a metal mount. This one, though, is even brighter. The three CREE LEDs emit 15,000 lumens of white light.

It has the IP65 rating for being completely waterproof, so there’s no problem about leaving it out in the rain. And the die-cast aluminum mount won’t rust if it gets wet.

The LEDs are designed to work for around 5 years of average use. The lamp can be fixed directly to the wall, or you can use it with a mounting pole if you prefer. (You’ll need to buy one of those separately, though.)

Mount it 30 feet above the ground, and it will give you a light diameter of 82 feet. That makes it another option best suited for use on large properties, where any neighbors are at a distance.

And this is another case where the lag bolts supplied for installation aren’t the best. There’s not a lot of room to play with when wiring it up either. Be prepared for the process to take a little time.

Pros:

  • 15,000 lumens of light
  • Long-lasting LEDs are designed to work for around 5 years
  • Completely waterproof

Cons:

  • Needs to be in a location without near neighbors
  • Installation is a bit fiddly.

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9. CINOTON

CINOTON LED Barn Light 42W, 5000K Daylight Dusk to Dawn LED Outdoor Lighting with Photocell, 4950lm LED Security Area Light, Replace Up to 400W Incandescent/175WMH, Yard light UL-Listed for Farm/Porch

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This lamp from CINOTON again uses the simple design of a round lamp in an aluminum mount. But it’s a good choice if you’re looking for less intense light than the models from TORCHSTAR and SZGMJIA. In this case, you’ll get 4,950 lumens from the LEDs.

The manufacturers say you should get about 50,000 hours of performance. In practice, however, the longevity seems to vary by unit.

1.64-inch lag screws are supplied for mounting the light to a wall or pole.

If you prefer, you can buy a 2-inch diameter elbow mounting pole and attach it to that. But note that the promised bracket for doing so isn’t included with every unit. If yours is missing, contact customer services. We’ve heard positive reports about how responsive they are.

This light has the IP65 waterproof rating, so it will work in all weathers. And a sensor will turn it on automatically at sunset and off again when the sun rises.

Pros:

  • Good choice if you’re looking for a less intense light to cover a smaller area
  • IP65 rated, so you know it’s completely waterproof
  • Sensor for automatic switch-on when it gets dark

Cons:

  • Some units last less well than others
  • We’ve heard of cases where the bracket for attaching the light to a mounting pole has been missing.

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Ready to choose your new barn light?

That brings us to the end of our reviews of nine of the best barn lights out there. We hope they’ve helped you decide which one is right for you.

Our top pick is TORCHSTAR’s bright and durable barn light. It’s a great choice if you have a large area to light up. And it’s very bright, so it’s a real bonus for security.

But whether you’re looking for something ultra-bright and durable, or stylish lighting for a smaller area, we’ve got you covered. Happy shopping!

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