Long Distance Friendship Lamp

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

$85.00 - 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, 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).

Learn how to set up your lamp.

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.

Only at UncommonGoods Made in the USA
Made from
electrical components, acrylic, LED bulb
4.75" L x 4.75" W x 8" H
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.

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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 product is great!


I really love this lamp. It's meaningful and special. It's auxh a simple and romantic way to let your partner know that you are thinking about them. Sometimes we need something deeper than just a text message and this lamp is perfect.

New Mexico


Perfect for our long distance family members!


My family uses this light to communicate with my parents across the country, with such busy lives it's hard to talk every day and being able to say "hi" or "i love you" to me and their grandson with a touch of a light makes it feel like we all aren't so far away. It's also fun to see the color change knowing your loved one is right there! My parents say this is one of the best gifts they've ever recieved.

Sacramento, Ca


You Know I'm There for You


I use this light to let my dear friend and her son know that I'm thinking about her/them. Besides, even if I know she's not home, I love the colored glow of the light. It's very soothing. And I love that its a different color each time!



Doesn't /never worked


I bought the light for my best friend and her daughter that was going away to college. The daughters never worked , she read on line that she doesn't have enough voltage in her dorm room? Anyways, a bummer and I'm sure I'm unable to return or exchange since I bought for her high school grad party that was in the summer . Should've just given her cash..

New Hampshire


Great for separated parents


My spouse and I are separated. I bought a pair of these so our kids could send I love you messages to the parent the were not with. And the parent could send messages to the kids. It was our son's idea. My spouse's set up instantly, mine was more difficult, but that was a internet router issue at my apartment. So glad we got these. We use it every morning and night.



A must have for staying in "touch"


My out-of-town daughters bought this for me at Christmas so we could say Hi to each other. For My husband's birthday, he asked for another lamp to send to our son who just left for college. I tell everyone this is a heartwarming, fantastic gift!!

Lexington, Ky


Hope they work


These are a Christmas gift so I will not know if they work for several more weeks. Since one was only in the mailing package I'm not sure it will.

Louisville KY

The best gift ever!


My sister and I each bought one of these for our homes for our kids. We also split the cost of a third one for our parents. I can't say enough good things about the lamps. It is rare that the light is not on. The kids love to interact with each other and frequently catch each other at the same time. Our parents interact with it all the time too. It's just become part of our lives. We know that each household is home and safe and really enjoy that the little kids can communicate through the lamp. Our parents love it and I really don't think we will ever be able to top this gift. I frequently recommend these lamps to everyone that I know because I think they are really great.



I bought 4!


It is a great design! The only con is it can be hard to stop on the color you want, but it is a minor thing. The accuracy of the lamps changing together is amazing!

Washington, DC


Truly an Uncommon Good!


Easy for anyone to set up. The only downside I can think of is that we bought 2 sets and you can't mix them up.

Redwood City, CA


Long Distance Friendship Lamp

4.7 605


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