Long Distance Friendship Lamp

Light up loved ones' lives—across town or the whole country—with 2 or more of these in-sync lamps.

$75.00 - 170.00

created by

John Harrison & Vanessa Whalen

read more about the maker

Long Distance Love

Light up a loved one's life—across town or across the country—with two or more of these in-sync lamps. When you turn one on with a simple touch of your hand, its mate emits the same ambient glow, no matter where it is and who is on the other end: Parent or grandparent, niece or nephew, or long-distance significant other. Each person sets up their lamp via Wi-Fi (choose the one-step set-up option for quick and easy connection), then reaches out and touches the lamp whenever they want to let their loved one know they're thinking of them. With every touch, the lamp cycles through a rainbow of colors, one at a time. You can also assign each loved one a color so that when they tap their lamp, yours lights up with their special hue. Designed by John Harrison and Vanessa Whalen. Assembled in Kansas.

Sold individually or in pairs (make your choice in the pull-down quantity menu).

Find easy setup instructions here.

Finally, visit the blog for a Q&A with John Harrison that touches on the beauty of code, the power of capacitive sensing, and much, much more.

“I see magic everywhere I look, but making something—then I get to touch the magic.”

When John Harrison and Vanessa Whalen first met, John was Associate Professor of Violin at Wichita State University and Vanessa was a pianist accompanying his students. Instantly friends, they did not start dating until many years later. By then, John had developed a second career as an electrical and computer engineer and Vanessa was a psychotherapist in private practice. John proposed to Vanessa on Christmas morning 2014 and their first touch lamps were also gifted that year. The two built them in their basement to connect John's family members spread out across the US and Canada. John now works with nonprofits to assemble the lamps while contributing back to the community. By marrying Vanessa, John also gained two sons, Brendan and Sean. The family now enjoys a blended household of dogs, as well as a small school of goldfish. John and Vanessa also founded a startup which develops mobile apps for kids to help them learn about and manage their feelings.

Visit the blog for a Q&A session with John that touches on the beauty of code, the power of capacitive sensing, and much, much more.

Exclusive Made in the USA
Made from
electrical components, acrylic, LED bulb
Measurements
4.75" L x 4.75" W x 8" H
Ingredients
Notes
Sold individually or in pairs (make your choice in the pull-down quantity menu). Requires power (100-240V AC) and WPA, WPA2, WEP or open Wi-Fi connection. Does not work with captive portals such as found at public Wi-Fi locations or with WPA Enterprise used in some academic and corporate environments.
Requires a 2.4 GHz connection, does not work with 5 GHz connection.
Lamp illumination timer has a default setting to fade off in 1.5 hours but, can be set to fade off in 1/2 hour, 1.5 hours, 8 hours or 24 hours.
One-step set-up requires access to your home router.

PLEASE NOTE: This item is built to U.S. electronics specifications and may need additional modifications or converters to be used in countries other than the U.S. and Canada.

Item ID
43038

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Most of our items are in stock and will ship quickly. Orders for in-stock items placed before 5pm ET Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, will ship in the US:
Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

Customers can order lamps individually and sync them the same way they'd sync lamps ordered in a set.


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This is one of the best gifts I have ever received

5

My Children and I use it to send a light of love to each other everyday. We also know that when each color shows up we are all okay. I love it!

San Antonio, Texas

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I wish I bought this sooner

5

I love this and have so many ppl asking about it as I post on social media

minnesota

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love the light

5

Love the idea. Another fun way to stay in contact with someone you love.

Pleasanton

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Excellent!

5

Sent it to my friends who are a long distance couple for their birthdays (both of whom are far from me too). Uncommon goods shipped it to their countries ( Asia and the US) without me having to handle it.

Canada

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We adore these!!!

5

I bought 4 of these, a set for each child. They both have one and I have 2, so I always know which child is missing me and they both know I am missing them desperately. My son is in the Army and stationed 11 hours away. My daughter is in college 5 hours away. They were tough to get set up, but once I got them set up they were more than worth the effort and money. Nothing warms my heart more than to walk into my living room and find one or both lit up. My children say this was their favorite Christmas gift!!!!

Oxford N.C.

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Great gift

4

Great

Newyork

It's like a hug for the eyes!

5

Have had my lamp for several months and still find this to be a delightful way to stay in touch with a dear friend. Makes our 650 mile distance disappear in the blink of an eye. BONUS: our husbands --who said we were crazy for buying these lamps-- have started calling out when they see the light come on or change color. Have had a couple of hiccups with one or another lamp not working, most likely due to WiFi interruption, but they've been easy fixes. Basically "re-boot" just like a computer: unplug and re-check settings online.

Columbus, NJ

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They're everything I had hoped for!

5

My job gets busy and I have a daughter in school. Things get crazy and I don't always have a chance to call or text. This was my way of letting her know that just because I don't call or text doesn't mean I'm not thinking of her.

Albany NY

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Im always "near" my best friend

5

Every time i see my light turn on, its like being in the same room with my best friend although we're miles and miles apart.

Denver,co

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Such a sweet (and well-working) idea

5

I got these lamps to set up one in a nursery and one in my mother's house. We love them. It's such a sweet idea, and I can't wait to use them as our little one gets older.

Nashville, TN

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Long Distance Friendship Lamp

4.7 535

95.9

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