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

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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 463 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (390)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (377)
  • Diffused light (234)
  • Easy to assemble (230)
  • Adjustable (159)
  • Great value (134)

Cons

  • Hard to install (73)
  • Unattractive design (8)
  • Tough to assemble (6)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Harsh light (3)

Best Uses

  • Living room (323)
  • Bedroom (201)
  • Kitchen (102)
  • Office (7)
  • Anywhere (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual do-it-yourselfer (213), Beginner (118), Avid do-it-yourselfer (67), Professional (23)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (447)
    • 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.

Reviewed by 463 customers

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5.0

Such a Cool Concept!

By 

from Chandler, AZ

About Me Beginner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Assemble
  • Sweet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kitchen
    • Living Room

    Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

    Great little gadget to keep in "touch" when you're far from those you love.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love!!

    By 

    from Huntersville, NC

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Assemble
    • Great Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Living Room

      Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

      I put this light in my living room so that the light doesn't bother me at night time. I love The idea of being able to say hello without having to pick up the phone!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Awesome customer service!!

      By 

      from Wallingford, PA

      About Me Beginner

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Living Room

        Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

        We use our lamps to stay close as a family

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Cool but confusing set up

        By 

        from Orlando FL

        About Me Beginner

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Diffused Light
        • Great Value

        Cons

        • Hard To Install

        Best Uses

        • Bedroom
        • Living Room

        Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

        It's beautiful and a really neat idea but the setup process is a tad confusing and takes a good few minutes

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Super cool idea!

        By 

        from Oak Harbor, WA

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Diffused Light
        • Easy To Assemble

        Cons

        • Tough to get started on Wifi

        Best Uses

        • Bedroom
        • Kitchen
        • Living Room

        Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

        These lamps are such a great product to connect people. I don't use social media, but I can still connect with who is important with this lamp.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love this product

        By 

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Living Room

          Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

          I love this product. The only thing that might make it even cooler would be a speaker option to record and send messages or songs

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I Love this product!

          By 

          from Long Island, NY

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design

          Cons

          • Hard To Install

          Best Uses

          • Living Room

          Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

          I absolutely love this lamp. the colors are beautiful. We tap it back and forth and we know we are thinking of one another. I just love it.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Amazing idea, tons of potential to be even better

          By 

          from Madison, WI

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Assemble
          • Many creative uses

          Cons

          • Cannot choose color
          • Cannot turn off
          • Harsh Light

          Best Uses

          • Bedroom
          • Living Room

          Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

          Would love the ability to turn off and also to pick a color on demand, either by a known color cycling order or perhaps pressing and holding would rotate through all colors until you release.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I want a light for all of my friends

          By 

          from Oregon

          Pros

          • Adjustable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Living Room

            Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

            It's like being able to say hi at any time. Makes me smile every time.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            5.0

            Love this product

            By 

            from Colorado

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Diffused Light
            • once it's set up it's simple to use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Friendship Lamp:

                Was very worried I couldn't make this work but it was so simple. Thinking about buying more.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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