Our Journey

1999

Seeing Lives Transformed Firsthand

Sunlighten was founded as a result of a personal healing experience with infrared therapy. For more than a decade, founder Jason Lincoln Jeffers suffered from chronic illness and relied on traditional medicine to manage his condition. It was only when he discovered infrared saunas that he truly began to heal. Jason founded Sunlight Saunas (now Sunlighten) in 1999 to make more people aware of the remarkable healing power of infrared that he personally experienced. Today the company continues to innovate even greater technologies with the goal of bringing products that empower wellness into homes and businesses around the world. Read Jason’s story here.​

1999

2002

Joining Forces for Greater Impact​

Inspired by the founder’s healing transformation, Connie and Aaron left their safe, corporate jobs to be a part of something they truly believed in. They brought their industry expertise and a passion for technological innovation to grow the company.

Industry Breakthrough

The Zacks make a big impact out of the gate. Soon after they joined the company, Solocarbon® infrared technology was born. The first-of-its-kind carbon heater changes the industry by combining high infrared emissivity with large surface area for high efficiency. Ceramic heaters become obsolete.

2002

2003

Say Hello to Solo​

Sunlight Saunas launches the first far infrared portable sauna in a multi-dome design & proves to be highly effective. Solo® Core Body Testing shows a statistically significant rise in core body temperature with a Solocarbon® heater, vital for a deep detoxifying sweat.​

2003

2005

Heart Healthy Sauna​

Sunlight Saunas prove heart healthy with a clinically study showing Solocarbon® infrared therapy lowers blood pressure with regular use making way to our partnership with the American Heart Association.

In the same year, the Signature® Series is launched with heart-healthy Solocarbon heaters – the first wooden sauna with carbon technology, floor and side heaters and Magne-Seal® Assembly.The Zacks make a big impact out of the gate. Soon after they joined the company, Solocarbon® infrared technology was born. The first-of-its-kind carbon heater changes the industry by combining high infrared emissivity with large surface area for high efficiency. Ceramic heaters become obsolete.

2005

2007

Breaking New Ground

Sunlight Saunas breaks ground with a new headquarters and new innovation. After moving to a new 40,000 square foot headquarters in Overland Park, Sunlighten gets busy adding another layer onto the sauna experience with the next ground-breaking technology – Acoustic Resonance Therapy. This enhancement feels like a musical massage that brings you to a deeper state of relaxation.

2007

2008

Sunlight Day Spa Opens

Solocarbon® innovation proves to be so powerful for healthy lifestyles that that demand for treatments increases. The company opened Sunlighten Day Spa in their headquarters to bring Sunlighten to the Kansas City market while finding key learnings for their commercial customers around the globe that offer Sunlighten treatments.

Small Business of the Year

Sunlight Saunas is humbled to receive the Small Business of the Year – “Mr. K” award. from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. The award goes to a company that has shown growth or sustainability of their business with strong employee relations and a record of giving back to the community. Sunlighten was #1 out of more than 1400 business nominated!

2008

2009

Sunlighten Saunas Featured on Oprah

Sunlight Saunas is ecstatic to receive a call from Harpo Studios for a request to appear on the Extreme Life Extension episode. Renowned cardiologist, Dr. Mehmet Oz, wants to feature Sunlight Saunas because of the clinically-backed heart-healthy benefits of Solocarbon technology including lower blood pressure, weight loss and increased circulation.

Re-branding for the Future

Under the same ownership and with a renewed sense of corporate mission, Sunlight Saunas changes their name to Sunlighten in order to expand their cutting-edge wellness products over the coming years. The company is the same, but the new corporate identity opens the door for a more diverse portfolio of wellness products imbued with technology–hence its new tagline, “Empowering Wellness”.

2009

2010

3-in-1 Breakthrough

Sunlighten launches the next generation sauna with breakthrough Solocarbon® 3-in-1 infrared technology – the only sauna technology with three separate heating elements to emit near, mid and far infrared at the optimal wavelength to precisely target health needs.

This patented innovation leads to appearances on the Dr. Oz Show, Ellen and Price is Right.

2010

2013

Introducing New Industrial-grade Far Infrared Sauna

Sunlighten answers the demand for an industrial-grade, ADA compliant sauna. The new Community sauna features Solocarbon far infrared technology, industrial-strength electrical wiring and ADA-compliant ramp, door and interior space.

2013

2019

50% More Near Infrared Power

You asked for more near infrared energy, and we delivered.  Our mPulse 3-in-1 saunas now have larger, more powerful LEDs in each mPulse sauna:
  • Get more NIR full body absorption with LEDs on all three side and back walls
  • Target specific areas with larger LED boards positioned next to the body
  • Energize the cells with the vital wavelength of 880nm, as shown in scientific research
Learn More About NIR
2019