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. 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 .

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.

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 132 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (110)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (108)
  • Easy to assemble (62)
  • Diffused light (61)
  • Great value (45)
  • Adjustable (43)

Cons

  • Hard to install (17)

Best Uses

  • Living room (90)
  • Bedroom (54)
  • Kitchen (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual do-it-yourselfer (54), Beginner (39), Avid do-it-yourselfer (16), Professional (8)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (124)
    • 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

 

Great idea but doesn't work properly

My best friend and I were very excited about our purchase of these lamp. She set hers up with little difficulty. Took me 2 days to set mine up. It's was very stressful...Read complete review

My best friend and I were very excited about our purchase of these lamp. She set hers up with little difficulty. Took me 2 days to set mine up. It's was very stressful and took the fun out of it.
Finally got it set up and connect with my friends lamp. We were in awe and it was fun again...till the next day... neither of our lamps would light up by touch. We have to call each other, unplug and replug lamp back in wait for it to boot up every time we use it.
My lamp you do have to physical touch with your Palm or the light will not change.
So basically it's going to be a dust collector.
We our both very sad about it because it was such a great idea.

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4.0

I'm so excited to set these up in my new place

By 

from New York

About Me Beginner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Diffused Light
  • Heartwarming

Cons

  • Hard to control the colors
  • Hard To Install
  • Not always as sensitive as hoped for

Best Uses

  • Bedroom

Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

I love this gift. It took us a while to hook it up but that could have been due to spotty wifi. It's beautiful and a great way to let my boyfriend know I'm thinking of him and vice versa. I just wish I had a better control on which color showed when.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
5.0

I lived my first set so much, I have already purchased more!

By 

from Dallas/Fort Worth

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Attractive Design
  • Diffused Light

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom
    • Living Room

    Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

    I am adding to our group with other family members because everyone went crazy over how unique the lamps are in our home. They all wanted in on the fun and special meaning they have. Even my 80 year old father!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Best way to stay connected for us!!

    By 

    from Japan

    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:

      Being that we are stationed on the other side of the world from our families for the US military the TOUCH lamp gives us an immediate way to let our loved ones know that we are thinking of them, and them a way to "hug" us back. No waiting on a reply via email or snail mail. It is instant connection for us and our children with our loved ones literally on the opposite side of the earth. It makes us smile and feel so loved when we are so very very far from home.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Love love love

      By 

      from Kentucky

      About Me Professional

      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:

        We love the soft light. The adjusting it is awkward though

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Great idea but doesn't work properly

        By 

        from Macon Georgia

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Diffused Light

        Cons

        • Does not work properly
        • Doesnt work properlyproperly
        • Hard To Install
        • Instructions need more detail information

        Best Uses

          Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

          My best friend and I were very excited about our purchase of these lamp. She set hers up with little difficulty. Took me 2 days to set mine up. It's was very stressful and took the fun out of it.
          Finally got it set up and connect with my friends lamp. We were in awe and it was fun again...till the next day... neither of our lamps would light up by touch. We have to call each other, unplug and replug lamp back in wait for it to boot up every time we use it.
          My lamp you do have to physical touch with your Palm or the light will not change.
          So basically it's going to be a dust collector.
          We our both very sad about it because it was such a great idea.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Long distance easy to connect

          By 

          from Chicago, Illinois

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • I can't think of a con...

          Best Uses

          • Bedroom
          • Living Room

          Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

          I love that a simple touch lights up our lives. We are always trying to get together but since we don't live 5 mins from eachother it is a little harder. It doesnt matter if she is now 5 mins or 5 hours away we will always be in touch.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          5.0

          I will buy several more of these.

          By 

          from Parkersburg west Virginia

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Great Value
          • Perfect! in all apects

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

              best gift ever for my mamas 40th birthday.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Absolutely IN LOVE with these lamps

              By 

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Kitchen
                • Living Room

                Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                I love how with just a quick touch, my parents know I'm thinking of them and vice versa. Every time you touch the lamp, it will glow a different color, so if they turn on the lamps to let me know they are thinking of me, I can touch the lamp, it changes the color, and they know I'm right there. It is as if saying "Hello, I love you" without picking up the phone. These are absolutely perfect!!!!

                Service and delivery comments:

                Delivery was very fast and the items were well packaged!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                I love the idea of letting somone they are being thought of!

                By 

                from Redford, MI

                About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design

                Cons

                • Hard To Install

                Best Uses

                • Living Room

                Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                It took some time to get my lamp set up. My friend still is working on setting up hers. I am anxious to see how they will work when set up is complete.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                What a great idea!

                By 

                from Central Florida

                About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Diffused Light
                • Easy To Assemble
                • No maintenance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Living Room

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Long Distance Touch Lamp:

                  So easy to just tap and send a thought. Time zones don't matter because of it's non-intrusive nature.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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