About The SunBox Company
The SunBox Company has been in the SAD light business for over 34 years. We have built our reputation on building relationships, not just on selling SAD lamps. While other companies are only interested in selling light boxes, our goal is to help people live healthier, happier lives by providing professional attention. We help people decide on the best light therapy product for their particular needs.
In the early 1980’s, Neal Owens was diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—a newly identified medical disorder. This disorder was characterized by winter symptoms that included fall and winter weight gain, carbohydrate cravings, oversleeping, decreased interest in normal activities, and low mood and energy.
Owens contacted the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), as they were conducting investigations into treating this newly identified problem with an experimental treatment called “bright light therapy.” Though he didn’t qualify to participate in the program (he was excluded because he was taking antidepressant medications at the time), the researchers allowed him to borrow one of their light boxes so he could try it on his own.
Two weeks later, when he was asked to return the light box to NIMH for their study, he was already convinced of its efficacy in treating his symptoms. He asked where he could buy one, and the researchers told him there were none available commercially—they had jury-rigged the units they were using.
So Neal Owens made his own light box, using specifications for brightness and safety provided to him by the researchers. When they saw Owens’ SunBox, which was superior to their light boxes, they asked him to work with NIMH to develop a light box for their research that was safe, durable, and effective.
As people left the study at NIMH, those who responded well to bright light therapy were referred to Owens so they could special-order SunBoxes for use at home. This is how The SunBox Company began. Founded in 1985, we were incorporated in 1987.
Not only are we the original bright light box company, but we are recognized worldwide as a leader in light therapy products, with over 30 years of proven safety and efficacy.