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

read more about the maker

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 84 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (69)
  • Easy to assemble (41)
  • Diffused light (35)
  • Great value (27)
  • Adjustable (25)

Cons

  • Hard to install (7)

Best Uses

  • Living room (58)
  • Bedroom (37)
  • Kitchen (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (28), No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual do-it-yourselfer (37), Beginner (23), Avid do-it-yourselfer (9), Professional (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (78)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (17), Other (5)

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4.0

interesting to say the least

By 

from Tucson

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Assemble

Cons

  • single color at on time

Best Uses

  • Bedroom

Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

It would be nice if multiple colors illuminated at one time creating a rainbow effect

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
5.0

Excited to give the gift

By 

from New York

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom
    • Kitchen
    • Living Room

    Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

    I got this for my nieces high school graduation. I got the set so her parents have one as well. She will be going to college in the fall and I thought this would be another cool way to keep in touch!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Well worth the wait!

    By 

    from Naperville, IL

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Attractive Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bathroom night light
      • Living Room

      Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

      I first thought about making a communicating device like this, but in digging deeper I grew intimidated by the networking challenges that kind of thing presents. The Long Distance Touch Lamps were the perfect solution. They look great and work right out of the box! I bought the pair for Christmas with my wife and her best friend who lives in Boston (we live in the Chicago area) since they have opposing schedules and can't talk very much anymore. Since we set them up in our respective houses, we love waking up and seeing the other person's color and playing "tag" all day long. It's better than a text message and is a simple way to let them know you're thinking about them.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Great product.......long wait to get them.

      By 

      from Minnesota

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

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          5.0

          Keeping friends close!

          By 

          from Colorado Springs CO

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Assemble

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

              My best friend lives in Hawaii and I live in Colorado so we're 4 hours apart. Before I she moved when we were only 2 hours I apart, we would talk on the phone almost everyday (sometimes multiple times a day). When she moved we had to adjust our schedules and the middle of the day when it's early/late morning for her and late morning/early evening for me are the only times we can talk and not interrupt the rest of our family schedules. The light is so perfect because we can tell each other we're thinking about one another no matter what time it is or we use it to tell the other we have something to tell her and to remind us to talk about it the next day!

              Service and delivery comments:

              My item came almost 2 months sooner than expected!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love love love

              By 

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Beginner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bedroom
                • Kitchen
                • Living Room

                Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                I'm moving states away from my little sister (and favorite human) to begin medical school in a month, and being away from her will be harder for me than being away from anyone or anything else. She is my soulmate and my best friend. Having these sister lights (see what I did there?) provides me with at least some comfort. Even when I'm too busy studying to give her a call, I can touch the light and she'll know I am thinking about her and she can do the same, keeping us just a little more connected. Love love love the idea of these lights!!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                 
                4.0

                Good quality

                By 

                from West Virginia

                About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy To Assemble

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Living Room

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                  Very well packaged and quickly shipped.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Buy this product

                  By 

                  from Buckley, MI

                  About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Assemble

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bedroom
                    • Kitchen
                    • Living Room

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                    This product has nothing but love in the design. With my best friend living in Florida and myself in Michigan..... the ease at which I can let her know that I'm thinking about her is amazing. And beautiful also!!!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    These were definitely worth the wait!

                    By 

                    from Deer Lodge, MT

                    About Me Beginner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Diffused Light
                    • Great Value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Bedroom
                      • Kitchen
                      • Living Room

                      Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                      These lamps are AMAZING!!! My family and I have SO much fun changing the colors throughout the day, and every time I see it change I smile. It has reconnected us in a way that I don't think anything else could have. We talk, but we don't always have time to pick up the phone and call. Everyone finds time to touch their lamp, though. :) Knowing that Uncommon Goods works with a company who employs women who are homeless, in poverty or in transition from abuse just makes me MORE glad I bought these.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                       
                      5.0

                      Everyone in my family needs one!

                      By 

                      from Napa, CA

                      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • amazing and great range of colors
                      • Attractive Design
                      • Easy To Assemble
                      • Great Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Bedroom

                        Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                        This product allows me and the one I love stay connected. The lamp makes the distance easier

                        Service and delivery comments:

                        Delivery took a while, but it was like backordered. I don't blame them! ((:

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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