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—from anywhere in the world—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 in the world 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 63 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (49)
  • Easy to assemble (29)
  • Diffused light (27)
  • Great value (18)
  • Adjustable (16)

Cons

  • Hard to install (5)

Best Uses

  • Living room (42)
  • Bedroom (26)
  • Kitchen (16)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (28), No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual do-it-yourselfer (28), Beginner (16), Avid do-it-yourselfer (6), Professional (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (58)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (17), Other (5)

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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
             
            4.0

            Wonderful way to show someone you are thinking of them!

            By 

            from Connecticut

            About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Diffused Light

            Cons

            • Hard To Install

            Best Uses

            • Bedroom
            • Kitchen
            • Living Room

            Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

            I love that I can let my daughter know I am thinking of her just by touching my lamp and hers glows. It's such a nice feeling when I walk in the room and see mine glowing!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sharing Love

            By 

            from Southwest Florida

            About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Attractive Design
            • Diffused Light
            • Great Value

            Cons

            • Must have wi-fi.

            Best Uses

            • Bedroom
            • Kitchen
            • Living Room
            • Wherever you spend the most time.

            Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

            My daughter lives 1,800 miles away, has a family and two jobs. I'm never sure that calling her won't be at an inconvenient time, so I bought a pair of these "love lamps" for us. It is so easy to walk by the lamp, lay a gentle hand on it and know that her lamp is now glowing the color I selected to tell her "I'm thinking of you". If she is nearby she will touch her lamp, changing my lamp to her color saying "I love you back." We are so grateful for such a simple idea with so much love attached to it. When you read about who makes and assembles these lights, you will understand that the owners of this company are truly good people.

            We have ordered more lamps to include more family members, but these first two will always bring a special warmth to my daughter and me.

            Service and delivery comments:

            I was informed of a long back order but was pleased that the wait wasn't quite as long as predicted. It is definitely worth the wait! The packaging was excellent and both lamps worked perfectly.

            My daughter had her lamp up and running within 10 minutes. I had about 5 minutes of inability to hook up before I called the service number and was told to move the lamp closer to my wi-fi system. That's all it took, and they were very kind and patient with this 73 year old!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            5.0

            Love it!

            By 

            from Indiana

            About Me Beginner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Assemble
            • Great Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                I purchased as a Christmas gift for myself, mom, and 2 sisters. I couldn't be happier! A great way to brighten your day!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                 
                5.0

                Love it!!

                By 

                from CT

                About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Diffused Light
                • Easy To Assemble

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bedroom
                  • Living Room

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                  I bought this lamp to use with my six year old niece. She is too young to text or email on her own, so it was the perfect way to let her know I was thinking of her. We both love tapping the lamp at least once per day. We may even create a secret code for what each color means since it is just the two of us that own the lamps!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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