About Us

The Midwest Lighting Institute was founded by Rodney Heller of Energy Performance Lighting (EPL), to test some of the benefits seen in his lighting upgrade work into official peer-reviewed studies. Over the nearly 20 years of performing energy-efficiency lighting retrofits at EPL, Rodney became interested in the science of lighting and more specifically, interactions that happen between light and human beings in their everyday lives. As his interest in the human physiological response to light became more prevalent, he began implementing some of the research into his projects, which yielded positive results for EPL’s customers. These experiences led him to the conclusion that more research was needed to do full-scale applications of lighting, and he formed the Midwest Lighting Institute (MLI) to address this need.

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, MLI fulfills the need to evaluate how lighting affects human performance through expanded research, whether that performance metric is measured as fewer medical errors in a hospital, fewer falls in nursing homes, or improved performance of third shift workers for NASA. The common theme of this work is to optimize lighting performance for humans through the research performed at MLI, using the latest technologies for energy savings and control strategies through the expertise at EPL.

FUNDING

Midwest Lighting Institute (MLI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit company, initially funded for start-up and preliminary studies through contributions from Energy Performance Lighting LLC.  MLI has also received funding from Stoughton Utilities, WPPI Energy and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for our applied research in operational healthcare facilities, to put the latest science in real applications to advance the health of patients and healthcare workers while saving energy and maintenance costs.>MLI continues to seek funding and grants from corporations and institutions to further studies on the effect of light on human health, productivity, and safety.  If you have a candidate facility and/or funding available to advance studies in light and health, please contact us to see how we can work together.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Our research, technologies, and services will include products vetted by scientists, practitioners, and industry experts at the highest standard of care.
  • Our research, technologies, and services will maintain objectivity through manufacturer-neutral assessments.
  • Our research, technologies, and services will embrace collaboration with individuals and institutions that are specialized and recognized in their fields.

WORK WITH US

If you or your organization is interested in advancing the science of lighting and human physiology, we’d love to talk. Contact us below.

WORK WITH US

If you or your organization is interested in advancing the science of lighting and human physiology, we’d love to talk. Contact us below.