About Creative Lighting

About Us

Our Twin Cities Store

Creative Lighting has been a family owned and operated business since 1926. Located just off interstate 94 on Concordia Ave, you may notice our mural as you travel between Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Every day we work to earn client trust by:

  • Listening and guiding clients to appropriate solutions.
  • Collaborating with our clients to ensure viability and performance of those solutions.
  • Providing quality products and advice to maximize the clients experience and product performance.
  • Evolving to keep up with changing technologies, styles, codes, and consumer trends.

Our local service advantage since 1926:

  • Highly trained and experienced Sales Staff.
  • Same-day pick-up or delivery on many products in our store and online.
  • Thousands of unique fixtures on display and in our warehouse.
  • Specialty lighting solutions for unique installations.
  • Repair, replacement parts and a wide assortment of bulbs.
  • Bargain Room stocked with great values everyday.
  • Friendly Customer Service team to help resolve any issues that may arise.

We look forward to collaborating with you on your next lighting project. Whether it be a single fixture, or a 400 unit condominium project, we are here to help provide the right lighting solutions for you.

Staff Biographies

Owner & President
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 122)
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"I'm inspired by our customers and staff every day," says Michael. "Helping customers is what we have focused on since my grandfather founded this business in 1926. Our customers inspire us to provide them with solutions, service and products that will help them fulfill the vision for their project. Our Creative Lighting family is made up of hardworking people, many of whom have worked here for years and years. I am always inspired, and very appreciative of the level of knowledge, expertise, and the solutions they provide our customers."

Michael is the president and co-owner of Creative Lighting and has been involved in lighting since 1977. After a long time in the industry, he is still intrigued by how decorative lighting continues to evolve in ways that he would never have thought just a few years ago. He is happily married for almost 30 years and the proud father of two daughters. His eldest daughter works for the New York Times in New York, and his youngest is a student at Southern Illinois University.

Manager of Marketing & Merchandising
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 146)
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Tami has 10 years of experience in the lighting industry and has been with Creative Lighting for 8 years. She enjoys projects where she can utilize her skills to help pick both functional and decorative lighting. The challenge of lighting a space and balancing recessed, task, and accent lighting with decorative fixtures is something she enjoys tackling. Tami, originally from central Wisconsin, is married with 2 teenage children. She also coaches cheerleading at a local high school and enjoys singing.

Manager - Operations & Customer Service
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 110)
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Katie works in Creative Lighting's Pro Division and brings 11 years of experience as well as an interior design degree from Minnesota State University - Mankato. Katie is inspired with any project in which sculptural, contemporary lighting can be utilized to creat unique space. Originally from Iowa, Katie has lived in Minneapolis for 13 years and enjoys watching movies, music, fashion and painting in her free time.

Full Time Sales
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 115)
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"I am most inspired by clients who think outside the box and are open to design advise," states Noel, who has been lighting homes for 20 years. Noel also specializes in outdoor and landscape lighting as an owner of N Design Partners, a landscape lighting firm providing design and product services. Noel, who was born in the Midwest, now splits his residence between St. Paul, MN and Palm Springs, CA.

Full Time Sales
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 114)
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David has worked as in interior decorator for over 15 years and now over the past year he brings his practical design sensibility to the world of lighting. He can often be heard saying, "My goal is to help you find the perfect lighting solution that will compliment your home and your furnishings!" He is interested in learning about you and what you hope to accomplish with your lighting plan and the overall feel you want to create in your home. David is very excited with the trend towards more unique and contrasting specialty finishes and patinas in lighting. As well as the trend towards a more personal expression of your individual style through your lighting and design scheme.

Full Time Sales - Pro Division
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 161)
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Holly comes to Creative Lighting with two years of lighting and design experience. Her favorite part of the industry involves keeping up with the ever-changing trends in LED technology and educating customers on how to incorporate these trends within their lighting project. She loves getting to know her clients dreams for their space, and helping to turn them into reality. When asked what she enjoys most about her job Holly responded, "I love that no project is ever the same, which allows me to be creative with every client, making each project unique." Holly's hobbies include being outdoors, baking and watching reality television…probably more than she should.

Part Time Sales
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 113)
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"I am inspired by anything that gets me thinking outside the box," explains Tara. "I love taking a risk visually; playing with placement, color and scale to accomplish something unexpected and unique." Tara, a 12 year industry professional, sees the trend in lighting is anything LED. She is excited to see how the technology is evolving and the efficiency and longevity that it is providing. Tara currently lives in South St. Paul with her husband, David, and sons, Roddick (5 years) and Greyson (3 years). She enjoys running, gardening and traveling up north with her family.

Customer Service
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 142)
Co-Owner & Vice President - Products
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 160)
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Jonathan is the longest-serving member of our staff, having been at Creative Lighting since 1973. Most of his work is behind-the-scenes, in managing the products shown in our store as well as those which are special orders. He works with more than 200 suppliers, both International and US, to ensure that your lights are available when you need them. Jonathan has been married for more than 40 years, and has 2 grown children. His oldest daughter is on staff at Oklahoma City University, and his youngest daughter is on staff at the National office of the American Heart Association, in Dallas, where she lives with her husband. His first grandchild was born in November 2015.

Manager of Professional Sales
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 123)
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Jim brings 26 years of experience in the lighting industry specializing in national accounts and product specification. Jim has spent his entire career serving builders, electricians, architects and interior designers in the Twin Cities market. He enjoys running, biking, golfing and relaxing with his family.

Manager - Sales
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 116)
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It has been fascinating to follow the evolution of LED lighting over the last decade. It started out as a purely utilitarian light source with very unreliable quality, but has now found a strong place in decorative lighting," says Kyndra, who has been in the lighting industry since 2003. Educated in interior design and architecture Kyndra enjoys working on a project from the design phase through installation. "Helping a client to design a functional and aesthetically pleasing space that meets their needs is very fulfilling.

Full Time Sales
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 117)
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"I like the variety I am faced with everyday and enjoy when a whole project comes together and the customer is excited to have their vision completed," explains Brenda, who has been working at Creative Lighting for 20 years. As a veteran of the lighting industry and interior designer, Brenda sees simple lines and efficiency in the forefront. A Badger alumnus, Brenda is the mother of two children, ages 7 and 10.

Full Time Sales
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 121)
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"I enjoy any project that involves problem solving, especially with clients who are willing to think outside of the box and look at options they might not have considered on their own. The move towards energy efficiency, sustainability and environmentally friendly options is really exciting. I am also inspired by the creative vision and level of craftsmanship I see in the world of lighting fixtures. The combination of science, technology and art drew me to photography and landscape design – this is another step along that path." ​​Hilary comes to our team with 21 years of professional photography and five years of landscape design experience. She is excited to utilize her expertise and unique perspective on the design side of lighting.

Hilary and her husband Eric live on the bluffs in East Saint Paul with their cat Mia, and dog Rin. She loves to cook and appreciates the bounty of fresh, local food we have access to here in Minnesota. ​She​ continue​s​ to explore the world through photography, focusing on ​her neighborhood and nearby parks​.​

Full Time Sales
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 145)
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"I believe the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. I enjoy being able to visualize the things others have trouble seeing. It is always a pleasure when you can help someone bring their dream to a reality," states Sepia. Her work experience in the field of art serves as a fantastic bridge to success in the lighting industry. “My background as an art teacher and mother of two amazing children has shown me that no single approach is the right one for every person, so I handle every situation with an open mind, patience, and the will to listen and help.” She continues by stating, “Lighting has been a great adventure. It is exciting the way it changes constantly. It is very innovative, and can really set the tone or tell a story within your space. I think it is phenomenal that you can make a statement without having to say a word, and I love that everyday brings unique experiences by having such diverse clients with a wide variety of styles and interests."

Sepia’s hobbies include refurbishing furniture, painting, drawing, cooking, and a ton of dancing.

Pro Division
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 143)
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"Projects that are as functional as they are beautiful inspire me. I also love the challenge of working to find solutions for a very specific style or application," notes Jennifer of Creative Lighting. She is looking forward to watching how lighting evolves as energy efficient regulations start to impact lighting designs. Jennifer has a degree in Interior Design and lives in Cokato with her husband, son, and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with family, camping and spending time outside as much as possible.

Customer Service
Phone: 651.647.0111 (Ext: 128)

About Creative Lighting

A Tradition of Quality

Creative Lighting was founded by my grandfather in 1926. My Brother and I took over the business from our father in 1983. After over 80 years in the business we have an understanding of the lighting field that many people, especially those in a superstore just don't have.

Excellent Service

Lighting is a great way to breathe new life into your home. Whether it's lighting a whole house, just a single fixture, or finding ways to brighten up the exterior of your home, we take pride in giving superior service. There are many ideas and options-that's why we're here to help. Our knowledgeable sales staff can help you make the best selections to meet all your lighting needs. If you should have a problem, our customer service department will be able to rectify the situation quickly and to your satisfaction.

Competitive Pricing

We guarantee a low price, just as we have for 80 years. If you find it advertised for less, we'll match it!

Happy Customers

If you're happy ... we're happy. We'll work hard to make your lighting purchase a positive experience. Our hope is that you and your friends and associates will visit Creative Lighting whenever you have a lighting need. If there is something that would make your experience at Creative Lighting better - please let a member of the staff know!

Plenty of Inventory

Our showroom and warehouse are filled with fixtures. We understand how delays wreak havoc with building schedules, so if you are placing an order for your entire house, or a single room, we can usually give you immediate delivery - without compromising your design (or budget) decisions.

No Hassle Return and Exchange Policy

We want to make sure you're happy. If you are unsatisfied with any Creative Lighting product for any reason, we are pleased to accept your returns. However, please note the following:

  • We accept normal stocking merchandise returns within 30 days of receipt date.
  • Products eligible for return must be new, unused, unaltered and contain all original product packaging.
  • Fixtures with cut wires, missing parts, missing glass or damage are not returnable.
  • Special order items are subject to a 25% restocking charge.

Design Consultations

Give us a call and we'll arrange a meeting in our St. Paul store with one of our trained design consultants. They'll be happy to help you define your lighting needs and offer suggestions on how to accomplish the best design for your space. Our consultants can work off blueprints for a whole home plan, or help design a single room in your home.

If you just want to have a look at the newest fixtures to get some ideas, stop by anytime! To ensure delivery of your fixtures, plan to visit Creative Lighting at least eight weeks before your move in date.

Open Door

When in the store, don't hesitate to ask for me. I'm in most days and my door is always open. I look forward to meeting you!

Michael Minsberg, President

Contact Us

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Terms & Conditions

If you have any concerns or questions about your order or any of the terms and conditions listed below, please call our customer service department before you place your order at 651-647-0111 or email them at CustomerService@Creative-Lighting.com.


The customer is responsible for all applicable taxes.

Shipping Policy:

  • Free shipping on orders over $75.
  • Free shipping does not apply to selected manufacturers, oversized, special or custom order items. If shipping charges apply, we will notify you before the order is processed.
  • Some larger items many have to ship via common carrier. In this case you are responsible for removing the items off the back of the truck to your home. A responsible party, over 18 years of age, must be present to accept delivery and sign for the shipment.
  • We ship within the 48 contiguous United States.
  • We are unable to ship to P.O. boxes or military APO/FPO addresses.


Order cancellations for items not yet shipped, are accepted via email to CustomerService@Creative-Lighting.com within 24 hours or order placement. Cancellations are subject to the manufacturer’s cancellation fees and policies.


Creative Lighting is not liable for any damage or expense as a result of a delay due to any cause beyond our control.

Claims and Damaged Goods:

Claims for shortages, damaged merchandise (concealed or visible), or other errors must be made via email to CustomerService@Creative-Lighting.com within 48 hours after receiving the shipment. Failure to do so constitutes acceptance and a waiver of all such claims. Please do not sign and/or accept receipt of any products that are visibly damaged. Refuse delivery and contact our customer service team. Products received with broken glass, missing parts or dented shades will be provided replacement glass, shades or parts at no charge.

Return and Refund Policy:

  • Returns are accepted within 30 days of receipt.
  • Items returned in original condition and packaging, new, unused, unaltered, uninstalled, with no cut or clipped wires will be accepted for return. Products and packaging not in original condition cannot be accepted for return.
  • Ceiling fans should be returned with the fan blades in their sealed packaging to qualify for return.
  • Selected manufacturers, oversized, special or custom items incur a minimum 25% restocking fee. If re-stocking fees apply, we will notify you before the order is processed.
  • Ship returns prepaid and insured. If the return is due to our error, we will issue a call tag for pick up. Please call our customer service department at 651 647 0111 or email us at customerService@Creative-Lighting.com for more information.
  • Refunds for returns are credited to the original form of payment. Allow 10 business days from the receipt of a return for the credit to be processed and appear on your statement.
  • Shipping charges and other fees are not refundable.
  • Outbound shipping charges will be deducted from the refund total.
  • Due to the nature of some types of orders the general return policy will not apply. Exceptions include:
    • Orders for 5 or more of the same item are subject to a 25% restocking charge. For large quantity orders it is recommended a sample is ordered first to ensure the item meets requirements.
    • Custom orders.


Creative Lighting honors the manufacturer warranty. We reserve the right to decide whether to repair or replace defective merchandise. We are not responsible for electrician or any other labor fee.

Pricing and Product Discrepancies:

Creative Lighting makes every effort to assure the accuracy of the pricing and product information on our website. From time to time, pricing or product information may be inaccurate. In such cases, we reserve the right to cancel or amend your order. A complete refund will be made for any items that have not yet been shipped. In the event of inaccurate product information, our sole responsibility will be to accept the product return and provide a customer refund.


Creative Lighting reserves the right to modify or change the Terms and Conditions at any time without prior notice.

Privacy Policy

We respect your concerns about privacy and value the trust you have placed in us. This Privacy Notice describes the types of personal information we collect, how we may use that information, and with whom we may share it. Our Privacy Notice also describes the measures we take to protect the security of the information. In addition, we describe the choices you can make about how we use the information you provide to us. We tell you how you can reach us to update your contact information, remove your name from our mailing list, or answer any questions you may have about our privacy practices.

What types of information do we collect and use?

We collect and use information about you to communicate with you about our products, services and promotions. We also collect information to improve the shopping experience of our customers. Here are the ways we obtain information about you and the types of information we obtain. We also tell you how we use the information.


When you order or purchase any product from us, you may be required to give us contact and payment information (such as credit card information) so we may process your order. When you pay for a product using a credit card, we use your credit card information only to fulfill your order and for other internal purposes. If you place an order through our website, one of our customer service representatives may call you after you have placed the order to fulfill the transaction you have requested.

Customer Service

If you contact one of our customer service representatives, we may ask you for information such as your name, address and email address so we can respond to your questions or comments. With your consent, we may retain this information to personalize your experience with us and better assist you the next time you contact us.

Do we share the information it obtains about me with third parties?

We DO NOT share personal information about our consumers with any third parties. We do share this information with service providers we have retained to perform services on our behalf, but these service providers are not authorized by us to use or disclose the information except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or to comply with legal requirements. We also may disclose information about you as required by law.

How do we protect personal information?

The security of personal information is a high priority for us. We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, alteration and destruction of the personal information in our posclient. We are committed to providing appropriate security controls to protect personal information we have about you against foreseeable hazards.

How do we update our Privacy Notice?

Our services and promotions will change over time. This Privacy Notice will be updated periodically to reflect those changes and corresponding changes in our information practices. Whenever we revise this Privacy Notice, we will change the date on the notice to indicate when the revisions were made. We reserve the right to change our information practices and the terms of this Privacy Notice, and to apply the changed practices to all information we have about you. By using this web site, you agree to accept the terms of this Privacy Notice as stated at the time you use it. Any future access to this web site subsequent to the posting of a revised Privacy Notice will be deemed to be your acceptance of this Privacy Notice as then revised. We reserve the right to change this Privacy Notice at any time.

What if I prefer not to receive communications from you?

If you prefer not to receive product information or promotions from us, let us know. To unsubscribe from our email list, please follow the opt-out instructions at the bottom of the email you received.

How can I contact Creative Lighting?

If you have any other questions about our privacy practices or about your personal information, please contact us here or call 651 647 0111, toll free 800 547 9444 or e mail us at CustomerService@Creative-Lighting.com.

We will respond to your inquiry or investigate your concern as quickly as possible.