Local business lights up Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Lighting in Las Vegas is serious business. From lights outside on the Las Vegas Strip to lights inside resorts, no one does it better.

In this week’s Nevada Built, 13 Action News anchor Todd Quinones looks at a business that’s lighting up Las Vegas life.

At CNC LightShapes, they make custom designs.


“We design everything and build everything here,” says owner Mike Johnsen.

Johnsen says he’s lit different lights since 2006. From nightclubs and poker machines to aquarium lights seen on the former Las Vegas-based TV series Tanked.

“It’s really funky with not just the lights but also the etching in the background. It really gives it a three-dimensional look,” says Todd. “Yeah, it’s a combination of an infinity mirror and also a black hole, if you will, a type of image in the middle,” Michael says.

Michael can put lights just about anywhere.


“And then there are lighted cabinets,” says Michael. “Oh, that’s great,” Todd said.

“How about lights under a counter?” Todd asked.

“Who would want that? Who’s your client would say, you know, that’s what we want,” Todd says. “Upscale homes are where it would traditionally go. We did a few restaurants,” says Michael.

And these aren’t your typical wall sconces.

“There’s a bit of red or maybe pink. Yeah. Easy,” Todd says. “You have it,” Michael said.


“Really simple. And almost as if the options were limitless,” says Todd. “Oh, yeah. And in a house, you might want multiple different rooms with different or different colors of lights on or off or doing whatever you want to do,” says Michael.

Inside his shop near Desert Inn and 15, light displays often begin with fabrication, laser engraving, and even sandblasting. Everything to achieve the desired look.

“And I see here, is this the finished product? I guess,” Todd says. “Yeah, that’s it,” Michael said.

CNC LightShapes, helping shape the way Las Vegas is lit.

Gladys T. Hensley