Chicago, IL–July 26, 2016– Luna Lights, an automated lighting solution for night-time fall safety, raised $225,000 to ramp up manufacturing and build out their analytics platform. The Seed round included participation from Impact Engine, Breakpoint Ventures, Fulcrum Investing, M25 Group, Chicago ArchAngels, Invoyent Ventures, and angel investor William Banks, Associate Director, The Garage at Northwestern University.
“At Luna Lights, we believe that safety should be simple. Far too often we see senior care products that are burdensome, complex, expensive, and constant reminders that older adults need something additional in order to be safe. We aim to be different through creating solutions that provide older adults with tangible benefits and seamlessly integrate into their current lifestyles,” said Donovan Morrison, Co-Founder and CEO.
Luna Lights is focused on helping older adults within senior living communities at night, as falls at night are of great concern due to reduced staffing and reduced resident visibility. Senior living communities often have light levels that are 50% – 60% lower than the recommended minimum light levels, and residents in low light conditions are 1.5 times more likely to fall than those with adequate lighting. By implementing an automated lighting system that utilizes cloud based data analytics the company can reduce the risk of falling for older adults by illuminating trip hazards and analyzing behavior over time.
“Luna Lights’ innovative product seamlessly integrates into older adults lives, making care at senior living facilities more effective. Luna Lights offers a scalable business solution for the growing number of senior living facilities while positively impacting the livelihood of older adults,” said Jessica Droste Yagan, Impact Engine CEO.
The company has completed an initial pilot with Mather Lifeways in Evanston in March 2015 and is currently piloting with Presbyterian Homes in Lake Forest. With the help of strategic investors, the team is thrilled to continue scaling the business over the rest of 2016 and beyond.
“I have much enjoyed working with Donovan and Matt to implement the Luna Lights system at Lake Forest Place. They are passionate about the creation of a cost effective, efficient product that will enhance independence of elders while preventing falls and reducing hospitalizations. I have been in this business a long time and have rarely run into this kind of talent and persistence in bringing a great product to market,” said Mary Ann Anichini, a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Vice President of Quality Improvement at Presbyterian Homes.
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