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.

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.

Item ID

Still haven't found the details you're looking for? Check out our Product Q&A!

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.

We love seeing our goods in your world. Tag them with #myuncommongoods

Hugs from far away


Both my daughters live out of state and this is a great way to tell each of them we are thinking of them and how much we miss each other. Like a little hug in a light!

Cincinnati OH


i would tell everyone i know about this product


Well i got these lamps for my wife's birthday and i order them a little late and one came broken ( the light still worked but the casing around the light kept coming off i called customer services and they told me what to do since i order them late and they where already a week late kept the broken one and gave her the one that was perfectly fine. Then out of no where i get a package with a new lamp i was so happy.



What a great idea!


I love seeing my dad's blue light greeting me when I get up in the morning. In turn, I send him my pink light. He's 92 and seems to enjoy that method of communicating that he's up and moving. I love it! Also, the support staff is wonderful. They promptly answer all email questions.

Richmond, Virginia


Super thoughtful gift


I love what the Friedship Light can do to let people know your thinking of them. I had a hard time connecting the device and once it was up the internet signal in my house kept dropping and I would lose the connection. Also, the bridge on the first light had a faulty connection and I ended up getting a new light. With a good bridge my internet connection is the only problem remaining and restarting my computer is the easiest fix for that. I love the concept but I'm not in love with the level of technology. I would only recommend this light if you love tinkering with technology

Bridgewater, MA


Excellent Product


I really like that it was simple to set up even if you don't order the one-step option. The only issue is that it doesn't directly address how to connect the device with college campus wifi on the given instructions, nor does it direct you to the FAQ on their website, you had to look for it yourself.

New York, Ny


Love it!!


We bought one for our 4 year old daughter and one for her grandparents. It is so sweet to see her face light up when they touch their lamp (and it lights up ours!) and I know they really love when theirs randomly lights up too!

North Carolina


This is the best product invented. MUST BUY!


I recommended this lamp to almost everyone. I have family all across the country, and the fact that this works with that kind of distance, is outsounding!!

Santa Clarita, CA


Love these lamps!


Just a great idea and a fun,easy way to stay connected.

Fayetteville NC


11 Years and Still Strong


We both have them set up in our rooms! They're the best things we bought to keep in touch!



Best product would purchase a million times


Everything about this lamp is great would recommend again and again to everyone I meet

Hervey Bay QLD


Long Distance Friendship Lamp

4.7 584


Related Products
Clean Lines. Turn a simple light switch into ...
Clean Lines. Turn a simple light switch into an eye-catching work of mechanical art. Laser cut wood and intriguing gears blend classic Art Deco architecture with innovative steampunk design. This fabulous contraption is the brainchild of Lance Nybye Jr.. He ...
True Colors. Gary Bodker produces stunning traditional glass ...
True Colors. Gary Bodker produces stunning traditional glass pieces with a mid-century modern aesthetic. Colored light is diffused from this translucent hand-blown glass desk lamp that is nestled in a rounded cork base. Easily complementary to spaces in both daylight ...
Night Life. This night light fuses nature and ...
Night Life. This night light fuses nature and technology with illuminating results. Designer Mariana Folberg crafts each leaf individually: cutting them out, engraving the intricate network of leaves, shaping them under heat into leafy contours. When lit by the low-heat ...
Bright Idea. Nir Chehanowski's bright design idea alters ...
Bright Idea. Nir Chehanowski's bright design idea alters our perception of common objects by rendering 3D forms as 2D designs with mind-bending dimensionality. With the rounded form of a standard light bulb, his LED lamp is composed of an acrylic ...
Seeking Enlightenment. Ideal for anyone who says "yes, ...
Seeking Enlightenment. Ideal for anyone who says "yes, please" to world peace, this neon lamp emits a cool white light and fits perfectly atop small surfaces, like bookshelves, nightstands, and console tables. Fun, functional, and primed for a spot on ...