Tabletop Lamp With Clever Magnetic Balls On/Off Switch

January 18, 2017


This is the Heng Balance Lamp created by Chinese designer Li Zan Wen. They're an already funded Kickstarter campaign, available in a variety of shapes and finishes, and cost around $44. They're turned on and off by the attraction of the two magnetic balls. When the lower ball is pulled towards the top one it activates the light's switch. Why didn't I think of that? "Because you're not that smart." True. Plus I'm not in the lamp designing business. I've only invented one lamp in my life, and it's a gigantic burning ball of gases some 864,938 miles in diameter. "You're saying you invented the sun." Correct. What the bible doesn't tell you is that God actually took a little catnap on the fourth day and left me in charge. I also took that time to invent aliens and UFOs.

Keep going for a couple photos of shape and color options and their Kickstarter video.






Thanks to Allyson S, who informed me magnetic balls are the future. *eyes garage full of plastic ball-pit balls I invested my life savings in* Dammit.

  • jodyberry

    Wait a sec! She's reading in the dark, frustrated look on her face that she has no light, turns light on, then walks away! Hmmm

  • ToyBoxofGuns

    I need this in my life.

  • AtomicMountain

    I don't believe in magnetism.

  • GeneralDisorder

    The good news is magnetism doesn't care if you believe. Just like the leprechaun that lives inside your computer doesn't care if you believe in it.Working in IT requires you to learn an antiquated dialect of Gaelic to recite incantations to make your leprechaun more powerful.

  • AtomicMountain

    Of course I believe in Kevin.

  • Hazakabammer

    Works GREAT until you put your fingers or hand between the two balls- then you'll get a lovely little shock. Hope you're not expecting visitors with a pace maker or heart problems.

  • ToyBoxofGuns

    One would hope the balls merely complete a circuit for an internal switch, and not the light itself. Pretty sure this would not be legal to sell otherwise.

  • TalonDesigns


    It follows the same concept as induction charging. If you put a device that supports it, close enough to a charging source, it will charge. Putting your finger between them will not shock you.

    This lamp also appears to be LED, so the amount of voltage required to push it is pretty minimal. A good constant source of 9v would be more than enough to trigger enough LED bulbs to provide a good source of light.

  • Jenness

    I want them to make a video of cats figuring out they can swat those balls and turn that light out and how frustrating that will be for certain potential owners.

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    The list of things that gets turned on after fondling a pair of balls just got longer.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    sounds like even the list is getting turned on

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