Sunrise was founded in 1976 by Henry Appleton and Paul Miller, who met while working at Boston University’s School of Medicine Neuropsycho Pharmacology Department. The pair designed and built a Continuous Performance Tester (CPT) that could detect brain trauma in people who suffered from petit mal epileptic seizures. This research eventually led them to develop the world’s first programmable LED display, which can now be found in 25 countries. Sunrise has been producing LED signs now for nearly 40 years, longer than any other company in this industry.

We produced the first display ever to incorporate a microprocessor in 1979, the first multicolor LED display in 1982, and what was probably the world’s first full color LED video wall at Harvard University’s Memorial Hall in 1995. We have built a wide range of LED display products over the years including tiny hand held devices, whirling 3D volumetric imagers, and permanent architectural installations hundreds of feet long.

Quality and customer support have been and continue to be central to our mission and the reason for our success.

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