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

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. 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 setup instructions for Windows (automatic or manual), Mac OSX, or mobile devices (iOS or Android phones and tablets).

Finally, visit the blog for a Q&A with John Harrison that touches on the beauty of code, the power of capacitive sensing, and much, much more.

“I see magic everywhere I look, but making something—then I get to touch the magic.”

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.

Visit the blog for a Q&A session with John that touches on the beauty of code, the power of capacitive sensing, and much, much more.

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.


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UncommonGoodsLong Distance Touch Lamp
 
4.8

(based on 244 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (204)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (202)
  • Easy to assemble (116)
  • Diffused light (115)
  • Adjustable (77)
  • Great value (73)

Cons

  • Hard to install (39)
  • Tough to assemble (3)
  • Unattractive design (3)

Best Uses

  • Living room (169)
  • Bedroom (105)
  • Kitchen (53)
  • Office (4)
  • Anywhere (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual do-it-yourselfer (110), Beginner (64), Avid do-it-yourselfer (36), Professional (12)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (234)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (28), No (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

We have FIVE and love them!

We have our lamp in our living room and are always delighted to see it start to glow. We originally bought two and gave one to my dad who had just been diagnosed with...Read complete review

We have our lamp in our living room and are always delighted to see it start to glow. We originally bought two and gave one to my dad who had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was an easy way to let him and his household know that we were thinking of him even though we were far away. We now have five. We stay connected with my daughter and her new husband, and are now in the process of adding our nephew and our daughter's in-laws to our network. The lamps themselves are very lovely and people often ask about them just because of their unique design. Truthfully I am surprised at how fond we have become of them, they have a way of becoming a wonderful part of the fabric of one's life.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cute Lamp

This item has a really cute idea. When the lamp came in it was super easy to set up. The only issue I have so far is the lamp does not stay on all...Read complete review

This item has a really cute idea. When the lamp came in it was super easy to set up. The only issue I have so far is the lamp does not stay on all the time. It will stay lit for a few min. after you touch it. I have not given my friend the other one yet due to it being a christmas present, so the light may stay on once it can detect the other lamp.

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5.0

Loved this idea and am so pleased I purchased them

By 

from San Diego, CA

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Diffused Light

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Living Room

    Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

    Besides my friend and I using it, her two young boys love it as well. They get so excited when they touch it and I am able to respond back to them and change the color. They tell their mom, this is going to Aunt Julie. She works nights, so when I know she is at work, I will touch the lamp before the boys go to bed to say good night.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Love it!

    By 

    from North Lauderdale,Fl

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    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:

      Learning to connect more then two lambs together but I have to wait until after Christmas lol.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      4.0

      Tell your loved one you are actively thinging of them.

      By 

      from Reading, PA

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Living Room

        Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

        It is a christmas present. I haven't usd as yet.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Becoming closer through technology

        By 

        from Leander, TX

        About Me Beginner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bedroom
          • Kitchen
          • Living Room
          • Office

          Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

          For two people to be able to communicate with a simple gesture, and for that gesture to have the profound affect of instilling happiness, wow. I can't thank you all enough for deploying a product where technology enhances relationships instead of distancing people from them.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          5.0

          Excellent product

          By 

          from Willowick,OH

          About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Living Room

            Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

            Setup was easy.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By 

            from Lenexa, Kansas

            About Me Beginner

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bedroom

              Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

              I love the idea of this lamp. And I plan to send it to my friends and family to stay connected

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              These lamps are amazing!

              By 

              from KY

              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Diffused Light

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                  What a sweet gift! Now, my grandmother knows that I am thinking of her just as often as she is thinking of me and Vice Versa. It is such a sweet and endearing gift!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great gift for a deployed Marine

                  By 

                  from Afghanistan

                  About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Living Room

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                    Easy to use, and fun to set up.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Perfect gift

                    By 

                    from Homewood, IL

                    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:

                      I have bought two sets and thoroughly enjoy using them. It was very easy to set up and get it going. It is a beautiful way to let someone know you are thinking about them without them having to find the words to respond.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      This will touch people's lives!

                      By 

                      from Marquette, MI

                      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Diffused Light

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Bedroom
                        • Living Room

                        Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                        We touch the lamp when we think of our loved ones who also have one of these lamps in their home! The wide range of colors and the soft light of this lamp are amazing and beautiful. I would highly recommend this product!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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