Long Distance Touch Lamp

This design sold like hot cakes! Order now to reserve yours in the next batch, arriving this summer.

$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.

The LED lamps are hand-assembled and tested by members of the Wichita Women's Initiative Network—a nonprofit community partnership in Kansas that provides survivors of abuse with educational and employment opportunities—assuring that this piece designed to share love is also made with it. Designed by John Harrison and Vanessa Whalen; made 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 a step-by-step guide for setting up your lamp using Mac OSX , Windows 7 , Windows 8 , or Windows 10 .

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.

Exclusive Made in the USA
Made from
electrical components, acrylic, LED bulb
Measurements
4.75" L x 4.75" W x 8" H
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.
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.
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:
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.

Please note: This item is not available to ship outside of the U.S.


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UncommonGoodsLong Distance Touch Lamp
 
4.9

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (53)
  • Easy to assemble (30)
  • Diffused light (29)
  • Great value (19)
  • Adjustable (18)

Cons

  • Hard to install (6)

Best Uses

  • Living room (46)
  • Bedroom (27)
  • Kitchen (16)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (28), No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual do-it-yourselfer (29), Beginner (17), Avid do-it-yourselfer (8), Professional (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (62)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (17), Other (5)

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5.0

BUY THIS NOW

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from Tallahassee FL

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Attractive Design
  • Diffused Light

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Living Room

    Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

    My 2 best friends (20 years and counting) and I live in different states and don't get to visit as often as we like, so we're always looking for new ways to communicate. This is an amazing way to just let someone know you're thinking of them. I love love love it. Set up only took maybe 15 minutes.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    LOVE LOVE LOVE

    By 

    from Springfield,MO

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • beautiful colors

    Cons

    • Hard To Install

    Best Uses

    • Living Room

    Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

    I love this so much. my bff in iowa has a 1 year old and i have a 5 month old. i got these lamps for us but our kids also as theyy grow up !! yes i had trouble installing it but the customer service was such a HUGE help!! i love these lamps great purchase!!

    Service and delivery comments:

    it arrived early for me and in great shape and like i said the customer service was great help if u have any questions!!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Awesome product

    By 

    from Somersworth, NH

    About Me Beginner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Assemble

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bedroom
      • Living Room

      Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

      My best friend has anxiety and can't get out much. I got this lamp as a way for me to communicate that she wasn't alone when I couldn't visit her or didn't have enough time to call or text her. It's great and she loves it.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Wonderful lamps!

      By 

      from Georgia

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Diffused Light
      • Great Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Living Room

        Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

        Bought 5, one for each member of our family who all live in different states and we LOVE connecting with the lamp. We each have our own color so we know who is thinking of the others!!

        Service and delivery comments:

        Was originally back ordered but actually arrived two o this early! Very pleased

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        5.0

        Best thing ever!

        By 

        from Catawba Island, Ohio

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Diffused Light
        • Easy To Assemble

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Living Room

          Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

          I bought this for my best friend and myself! We now live in different states and she lost her son a year ago and is having a really hard time with that! I thought this was another great way to let her know that I'm thinking of her often! I find myself sitting and waiting for my light to light up! This is perfect for us!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          5.0

          My daughter and I just love this!

          By 

          from USA

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bedroom

              Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

              We love being able to be in touch even for just a moment.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Bought it about 3 months ago, but was made aware it would take that long. I was okay with that.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              5.0

              Best use of technology - bringing loved ones closer.

              By 

              from Southwest Michigan

              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • I love everything about these lamps.

              Cons

              • No cons!!!

              Best Uses

              • Living Room

              Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

              My mom has the other lamp and we are already planning to buy many more.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              5.0

              What a "touching" present...

              By 

              from Phoenix, AZ

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Assemble
              • Sentimental

              Cons

              • Took a while to arrive

              Best Uses

              • Bedroom
              • Kitchen
              • Living Room

              Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

              This was a gift for my best friend who lost her mother. She was feeling alone and lonely but couldn't bear to talk all the time about her feelings. I am able to reach out to her and let her know she is not alone. I am told it has helped tremendously.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              5.0

              Best product on the market!

              By 

              from Woodbridge, VA

              About Me Beginner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                  I purchased a set for myself and my best friend. A move I made about 10 years ago put quite a few miles between us on the road... but never in the heart. She has been everything to me and our friendship is my center of gravity. Recently we've both been going through some significant issues in our lives, and not being able to hold each other's hands through it has been particularly difficult. This corresponded with me finding the Long Distance Touch Lamp. The back order was almost 4 months, and it was excruciating... but SO worth it. This product couldn't be a better solution for us. She always knows that she's on my mind, even when I don't have time to stop and call. When it lights up, everything about my day, no matter how bad - lights up too. Now I need to get one more for my sister, and soon my son will be going off to college. Guess I need 2 more!

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Back order was really long, but still worth it!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Everyone LOVES It!

                  By 

                  from Chesapeake, VA

                  About Me Beginner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Beautiful Colors
                  • Diffused Light
                  • Great Customer Service
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                  • Slightly Confusing to Set Up

                  Best Uses

                  • Bedroom
                  • Kitchen
                  • Living Room

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                  Got three of these, one for me, one for my daughter who lives out of the area, and one for a friend of ours. It's so neat to be connected to them in this way. I touch my light and theirs light up to let them know I'm thinking of them. Then they touch theirs to change the color on all and return the favor. Everyone thinks it's so neat. Great idea for parents w/college students, parents who have to be apart due to jobs, or even grandparents and grandchildren. This is SO cool!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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