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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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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UncommonGoodsLong Distance Touch Lamp
 
4.9

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (35)
  • Easy to assemble (22)
  • Diffused light (19)
  • Great value (14)
  • Adjustable (13)

Cons

  • Hard to install (3)

Best Uses

  • Living room (30)
  • Bedroom (16)
  • Kitchen (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (28), No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual do-it-yourselfer (19), Beginner (11), Avid do-it-yourselfer (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (42)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (17), Other (6)

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5.0

Love these!!!

By 

from Miami, FL

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design

Cons

  • Hard To Install

Best Uses

  • Kitchen
  • Living Room

Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

Bought this to keep in constant contact with family after my Dad passed away. Great personal touch to keep the family thinking about each other.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!

By 

from Washington, DC

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Assemble

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Living Room

    Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

    I bought three lamps- one for my mom, one for my sister, and one for myself. We live in three different states, so this seemed like a great way to let everyone know we're thinking about each other. Setup was easy for all of us, and we use them every single day! The best part of these lights is that there is no delay- when I place my hand on my lamp, the other two lamps change colors instantaneously. We tested that on FaceTime and were amazed that there was no lag. My three year old niece is especially excited- she loves seeing the lamp change colors and knowing exactly who was thinking of her at that time! I can see now why the lamps are always backordered- they are worth the wait and a truly unique way to stay in touch.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love these! Will buy more

    By 

    from New Jersey

    About Me Beginner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bedroom

      Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

      Ordered these a Christmas gift...even though they showed up quite a bit later due to a back order, they are fantastic! Such a wonderful way to connect to people you care about. We will purchase additional lamps for sure!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Absolutely loved this

      By 

      from Adrian

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Diffused Light

      Cons

      • Tough To Assemble

      Best Uses

      • Bedroom

      Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

      Took a while for shipping due to over-ordering, but great with communication as to the delays and shipping!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best gift EVER!

      By 

      from Waco, TX

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      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:

        Love this light! It was on back-order so it took a while to get it but it was so worth the wait!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it!

        By 

        from PA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

        Love it ... a bit confusing setting up the group ... didn't realize that as the group 'owner' I also had to join it.

        Once we figured it out though ... it's been a fantastic way to 'communicate' ... hoping to add additional family members soon!

         
        4.0

        Love this!!

        By 

        from New Florence Missouri

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Assemble
        • Great Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Living Room

          Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

          This is a great idea to let your loved ones know you are thinking about them

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I want my friends to do this with their close family nod fri

          By 

          from Indiana

          About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design

          Cons

          • Hard To Install

          Best Uses

          • Bedroom
          • Kitchen
          • Living Room

          Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

          My adult daughter and I live three time zones apart so this is nice to let each other let we are thinking without worry it's not a good time to talk or text.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The best idea ever!!

          By 

          from Washington, Michigan

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Living Room

            Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

            My daughter lives on the east coast. I touch my lamp and she knows I'm missing her and vice versa!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            SO MUCH FUN!

            By 

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Beginner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bedroom
              • Living Room

              Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

              It took a bit of adjusting to get them connected, but it was super easy. I love seeing the light change colors and it's such a fun reminder that my best friend is near in heart even if she's far in body. My mom and sister and I are already planning on ordering more for when my sister moves out of state! LOVE IT! Plus, it's beautiful :)

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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