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 - 150.00

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, then reaches out and touches the lamp whenever they want to let their loved one know they're thinking of them. No need to choose a color: with every touch, the lamp cycles through a rainbow of them, one at a time. Designed by John Harrison and Vanessa Whalen. Assembled in Kansas.

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

Learn how the Long Distance Touch Lamp works. See setup instructions for Windows (automatic or manual), Mac OSX, or mobile devices (iOS or Android phones and tablets).

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.

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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UncommonGoodsLong Distance Friendship Lamp
 
4.7

(based on 437 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (368)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (355)
  • Diffused light (219)
  • Easy to assemble (215)
  • Adjustable (148)
  • Great value (125)

Cons

  • Hard to install (70)
  • Unattractive design (7)
  • Tough to assemble (6)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)

Best Uses

  • Living room (300)
  • Bedroom (186)
  • Kitchen (97)
  • Office (7)
  • Anywhere (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual do-it-yourselfer (201), Beginner (110), Avid do-it-yourselfer (62), Professional (24)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (421)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (28), No (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

We have FIVE and love them!

We have our lamp in our living room and are always delighted to see it start to glow. We originally bought two and gave one to my dad who had just been diagnosed with...Read complete review

We have our lamp in our living room and are always delighted to see it start to glow. We originally bought two and gave one to my dad who had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was an easy way to let him and his household know that we were thinking of him even though we were far away. We now have five. We stay connected with my daughter and her new husband, and are now in the process of adding our nephew and our daughter's in-laws to our network. The lamps themselves are very lovely and people often ask about them just because of their unique design. Truthfully I am surprised at how fond we have become of them, they have a way of becoming a wonderful part of the fabric of one's life.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great idea, not great for dorms

I purchased two of these lamps, one for our home and one for my daughter, who is attending college far from home, for Christmas. She tends to get a little homesick and I...Read complete review

I purchased two of these lamps, one for our home and one for my daughter, who is attending college far from home, for Christmas. She tends to get a little homesick and I thought this would be a perfect way to let her know we were thinking of her when she saw her lit lamp. Unfortunately, she got it to her dorm and found out it will not connect to public wifi. I never saw that listed in the description and wish I would have dug a little further before purchasing. This was her main Christmas gift and ended up being a disappointment. I wanted to write this review to let other parents know of this problem, as I would guess our situation is a fairly common one for purchasing these lamps.

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5.0

Neatest gift ever!

By 

from Alpharetta GA

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Diffused Light

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom
    • Living Room

    Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

    I love to touch the light so that Mom knows I am thinking of her. And I love to see it light up and know that she is thinking of me! Truly best gift ever! Comes as a set of 2. I kept one and gave one

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A sweet way to say "I'm thinking of you"

    By 

    from New Haven

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bedroom
        • Living Room

        Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

        I got this for my long-distance boyfriend for our anniversary. They were easy to set up and are easy to use, and it's a nice feeling to see it light up and know your partner is thinking of you. Many people have commented on the fact that the light itself isn't that attractive--it's a fair critique, but I actually don't think it's that bad, especially when it's lit up.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        1.0

        I would never buy this product agsin

        By 

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Hard To Install

          Best Uses

            Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

            I hate this lamp so much , it will NOT connect after I've tried probably like 50 times. I'm so frustrated with it I can't even try again.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best gift for friends

            By 

            from Milwaukee, Wis.

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Diffused Light

            Cons

            • Hard To Install

            Best Uses

            • Office

            Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

            I love seeing the lamp turn on or the colors change. It gives me real time confirmation that she is thinking what I'm up to or that we are both near the lamp at that time. Great for friends you don't get to see everyday.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Touch Lamp with a Magical, Loving Glow :)

            By 

            from Green Bay, WI

            About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Attractive Design
            • Diffused Light
            • Easy To Assemble

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Living Room

              Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

              I bought a set of two lamps — one for me and one for my mother —to bridge the physical gap between us as she lives in Georgia and I live in Wisconsin. This lamp seemed like a fun way to say "hello" and it served a practical purpose of basking any room in a colorful, loving light. The lamp exceeded my lumination expectations and was easy to set up.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              5.0

              Love this product

              By 

              from Homer , Ga.

              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Attractive Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bedroom

                Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

                Love the variety of colors and the kids have picked their own colors to show who is touching the lamp!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                We will forever be thankful for the long distance friendship

                By 

                from Ponce De Leon, Florida

                About Me Beginner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable
                • Attractive Design
                • Diffused Light

                Cons

                • Hard To Install

                Best Uses

                • Living Room

                Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

                The lamps were a pain to install and connect to the internet we use, but once it was set up it has been the best thing for our family.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                 
                5.0

                This helped me keep my children's bond strong.

                By 

                from Santa Barbara

                About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Diffused Light

                Cons

                • Hard To Install

                Best Uses

                • Bedroom

                Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

                My kids are really close, in age and best friends. My son moved away and left my daughter a little sad. Even though they are up on all the social media and technology, this gave them a personal touch in letting each other know they were thinking of them.
                They love these lamps.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                 
                4.0

                Texting is so 2017... My mom and I LOVE this lamp

                By 

                from Fort Collins, CO

                About Me Beginner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable
                • Diffused Light

                Cons

                • A lamp can only have one "group"

                Best Uses

                • Kitchen

                Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

                Our "family lamp" sits in our kitchen and is connected to my mom and mother-in-law. We got this so the kids could easily say "hi" to the grandmas but I've been using it the most!
                We moved our family from California to Colorado for financial reasons and it's been so hard being far away from family. Watching the lap light up has definitely eased the homesickness.
                My *only* complaint (and the reason it's 4 stars instead of 5) is that your lamp can only be connected to one "group". I would like to have a separate group for my mother and my mother-in-law.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                 
                5.0

                Modern twist on friendship

                By 

                from Chicago

                About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy To Assemble

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bedroom
                  • Kitchen
                  • Living Room

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

                  This lamp is a great fit for any home decor. My kids get so excited to see the light come on and it makes my heart happy to know someone so far away (hawaii) is still attached to me here (chicago)

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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