Long Distance Touch 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.

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; 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 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.
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:
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
 
4.8

(based on 117 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (98)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (96)
  • Easy to assemble (56)
  • Diffused light (53)
  • Great value (39)
  • Adjustable (37)

Cons

  • Hard to install (14)

Best Uses

  • Living room (80)
  • Bedroom (49)
  • Kitchen (27)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (28), No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual do-it-yourselfer (49), Beginner (36), Avid do-it-yourselfer (13), Professional (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (110)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (16), Other (4)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best gift ever

By 

from carlisle iowa

About Me Beginner

Verified Reviewer

Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

This items is great my mother can not always pick up the phone and call, some days she can't even get out of bed. But she can see when the lamp changes color and know we are thinking of her.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
5.0

Twin Daughters

By 

from Missouri

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bedroom
      • Living Room

      Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

      Our twin daughters are best friends and have either been roommates, dorm mates, or shared an apartment for 23 years. I ordered these for college graduation last month because their grad schools are 822.2 miles apart (yes, we know the exact number). With these lamps, they can let each other know that, even though they are far apart, they are still together and forever there for each other. I hope the lamps bring them comfort because this will be a very difficult transition.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      What a beautiful idea!

      By 

      from Ma

      About Me Beginner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Attractive Design
      • Diffused Light
      • Easy To Assemble
      • Great Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Living Room

        Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

        These lights have been wonderful. It's such a nice way for my mom and dad to know I'm thinking of them. And they're thinking of me. It's really fun to choose different colors to light up the lamp in their house and then see my light change many colors as they touch their lamp to decide which color to light up my living room with. They're terrible about answering the phone, this is a great way for me to know they're doing OK. They were very easy to set up, I did have to call for some help and someone walked me through it. Super easy. The lamps are so pretty on their own. The heartfelt message we sent to each other multiple times a day is awesome ! My mom says she wants one for her sister so she can be in our group. They were backordered, but I actually received them quicker than I thought. Within weeks. It's a lovely gift to give to someone you love.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        2.0

        A disappointment

        By 

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Professional

        Pros

          Cons

          • Over complicated set up
          • Over priced
          • Unattractive Design

          Best Uses

            Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

            Great concept, but have paid less for better technology.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            5.0

            Absolutely fansastic

            By 

            from Ohio

            About Me Beginner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Assemble

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bedroom
              • Living Room

              Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

              Super easy to use

              Service and delivery comments:

              Delivered before it was due to considering it was back ordered

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              5.0

              We love the connection

              By 

              from Wichita, KS

              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Attractive Design
              • Diffused Light

              Cons

              • size

              Best Uses

              • Living Room

              Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

              We now have TWO networks - one for each side of the family. Sunday nights we have Filimin wars with the nieces and nephews in California who are enjoying Sunday dinner with my husband's side of the family. We sent one to my niece for her high school graduation and she will use it at Syracuse University in her dorm. The new network adds my side of the family to our Filimin networks. Even though I had to purchase a second one to establish the new network, its great to have my dad in Kansas, my brother in California, my aunt and uncle in Nevada and my cousin in Colorado in our circle. We love choosing colors by individuals so we know from where the touch comes. The younger ones all want one and I think it reminds them of us, even though we see them only once a year. The older family members like knowing we're there and responding back to them. I would love a travel Filimin, built sturdy enough for luggage handlers, so my husband and I could connect while he travels internationally.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              5.0

              Distance doesn't seem so far away

              By 

              from atlanta, ga

              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Assemble
              • Great Value

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bedroom
                • Living Room

                Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                Well worth the money.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                 
                5.0

                Fell in love fast!!!

                By 

                from Molina, Illinois

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable
                • Attractive Design
                • Diffused Light
                • Easy To Assemble
                • Has a sleep timer, no lighting up while sleeping

                Cons

                • A little pricey

                Best Uses

                • Living Room

                Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                My family of 4 lives in four different states and sometimes it is hard for all of us to stay connected. These lights are a way for us to say I Love You in seconds in our busy day.

                Service and delivery comments:

                They had great communication through the backlogged process. Ordering on line made me apprehensive but they stayed in touch to let me know how my order was coming along.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love this product!

                By 

                from Las Vegas

                About Me Beginner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Diffused Light

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Living Room

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                  Keeps me connected to my friends back home

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Really cool lamps

                  By 

                  from Vancouver BC

                  About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Diffused Light
                  • Great Value

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                      Great gift for grandkids!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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