Shine Bright Like A Lappin


Electrical company Lappin Lighting has been lighting up the Midwest since 1919, but today it does so much more.

Lappin Lighting has seen quite a bit of improvement. In 1919, the family-owned electrical distributor was based in Milwaukee before heading to the Twin Cities in 1977 after purchasing an electrical wholesale operation. Lappin Lighting added a lighting showroom to its repertoire in its North Loop location in November 1989, meaning the Twin Cities have gotten a whole lot brighter.

Lappin Lighting offers a variety of pendants, chandeliers, wall sconces, recessed lighting, track lighting, table and floor lamps. Photo courtesy of Lappin Lighting

“Our uniqueness starts with the look and design of our showroom. We have 18-foot ceilings in a building constructed in 1901. Pendants and chandeliers are suspended at three different heights above the floor: eight feet, 10 feet, and 12 feet,” says branch manager Rick Lappin. “This setup is very helpful to customers in determining their own ceiling heights (crucial to know for sizing of pendants, chandeliers, etc.).”

The North Loop showroom offers 5,000 square feet that boast hundreds of light fixtures, ceiling fans, home décor, accessories, and more. Being the only lighting showroom in the downtown area of the Twin Cities, Lappin says their lighting reflects the “eclectic tastes of urban life; rather contemporary and progressive designs.”

“We converted all our display lighting to LED as we believe this a singular advance in lighting technology,” he adds.

Lappin Lighting offers all types of lighting, including pendants, chandeliers, wall sconces, recessed lighting, track lighting, table and floor lamps, and landscape lighting along with accessories, dimmers, and a wide array of light bulbs.

There’s no question that Lappin Lighting has it all, but what really makes them stand out is the fact that they never shy away from going above and beyond the average lighting services.

“Our design and layout services are a key component of the value-added services Lappin offers. Whether residential or commercial, our staff can assist the client not only with lighting selection but also lighting layouts and photo metrics,” Lappin says. “We will visit job sites, homes, or businesses to ensure our recommendations are consistent with the interior (and exterior) environment our client is seeking. There is no charge for any of these services.”

Lappin Lighting has converted its display lighting to LED technology. Photo courtesy of Lappin Lighting

So if you’re looking for the perfect statement piece that doesn’t actually exist yet, Lappin Lighting can help your dreams become a reality by assisting in the design and layout of your lighting project. Not to mention, walk-ins are welcome, so even if you’re just looking to browse the plethora of light fixtures, Lappin Lighting will welcome you with open arms.

Lappin Lighting works with the goal of improving more than just household lighting; they strive to improve their customers’ quality of life.

“Lappin Lighting is guided by the belief that lighting, done correctly and passionately, can play a vital role in enriching the quality of our clients’ lives,” Lappin says.

Lappin Lighting’s Minneapolis showroom is located in the North Loop neighborhood. Photo courtesy of Lappin Lighting

While Lappin Lighting might not change the world with its sparkly chandeliers and recessed lighting, it is certainly proving to operate on the basis of its original goal: to improve the community. And a large portion of its clients, Lappin says, is the GLBT community.

“The GLBT community has been a core target market for Lappin Lighting since we opened. We enjoy excellent relationships with the GLBT community whether through businesses such as interior design firms, individuals seeking lighting, or, of course, reaching to those who have come to reside in the wonderful North Loop area. We have always identified with and supported their goals,” Lappin says.

Lappin Lighting is located at 222 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, MN 55401. Other Lappin Lighting showrooms are located in Eau Claire and Hudson, WI, and Sioux Falls and Watertown, SD.

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