Touch lamps, or touch-sensitive lamps, are the lights that switch on or off with a single touch. They are one of the best representations of advanced lighting available in the current market. Whether it’s a floor standing lamp in your living room or an adjustable table lamp on your bedside table, touch lamps introduce a sense of efficiency and innovation never before seen in traditional and unconventional lighting of the past.
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Touch lamps are innovative lighting inventions where one is not limited to push buttons and switches to turn on or off a desk light. It seems to be a novel idea that came about due to the advancements of technology nowadays, but many do not know that the first touch lamps were, in fact, products of the last century.
When you search in Google, you'll find a patent on Touch lamps approved in 1984. The inventor named in the patent was Scott M. Kunen, who filed ownership to the idea of "an electronic power control device which is actuated by a person's touch and controls the electrical power to a lamp or another electrical load". However, in the succeeding paragraph, it is noticeable that "touch controlled lamp dimmers" were already available for public use back in the 80s. Hence, it can be deduced that the first-ever touch lamp was not launched during that year but in years before then.
Tracing back, the concept of touch lamps sprung to the public's eyes back in 1954 as no-switch lamps manufactured by Aladdin Industries, Inc. Their patent to this product described it as "an improved lamp in which an operator may light or extinguish simply by moving his hand or some other part of his body into proximity with the lamp." It was advertised in a 1955 finance magazine as magic touch lamps priced at US$ 35.
Thus, the first-ever touch lamps available to the world was manufactured by a company based in Nashville, Tennessee, in the mid-1950s. They were only popularised back in the 80s when electronic modules and devices became affordable commodities to the masses, replacing the bulky and high-maintenance vacuum tubes.
Places Where Touch Lamps Shine
The beauty of touch lamps is derived from the ease of their operability - a simple touch anywhere accessible to you can turn it on or off without needing to find that awkwardly placed button or switch. As a result, they’re best additions to places where one can conveniently lay down and relax or to those areas where one can’t be bothered to lose focus just to switch on the light, such as the following:
Living room: As one of the places where one can relax and comfortably socialize, spending some time looking at how to switch on or off that particular lamp on a console table might not be troubling to some. Nonetheless, one cannot favour the convenience that a touch lamp can bring when you need to turn it on while in the middle of a conversation with your long-time buddies. Guests might even marvel at the magic of the touch lamps after your demonstration, making it a friendly conversation topic during the afternoon get-together.
Bedroom: Touch lamps are originally marketed as night lamps back in the 1980s, as they are convenient tools that provide light when one can’t see anything in the dim of the night. Moreover, many touch lamps have dimming settings, able to adjust the brightness of the light depending on your needs. Set it to the lowest brightness just before sleeping, or adjust it to its brightest setting while reading a book on your bed. Hence, they’re compatible lights on nightstands of many family homes in America.
Office: When you’re having a bad day but still need to concentrate on a task on hand, it may become genuinely irritating to just power up the lights. The benefit of touch lamps is most evident in these cases. One just needs to touch any metallic part of the table lamp, and it’ll radiate the light you desire. You’re not required to even raise your head from what you’re reading; you just need to estimate where you placed your touch lamp, and it’s ready after a single flick of the fingertip.
Children’s Room: Children are playful by nature. They’re also one of the most impatient people in the world, especially when they’re disturbed while playing. Therefore, adding a touch lamp in their room will serve as a better lighting device for them than standard portable lamps. Just one touch is enough to activate the light, and they can play again. In fact, maybe they’ll marvel at the magic of the touch lamp. After all, how can little children thoroughly understand why it’ll light up? They’ll probably think a spell to turn it on was cast by the fairies in Disney movies.
Kitchen: We do a lot of things in the kitchen. Sometimes, all of our hands a preoccupied with cutting ingredients, cooking dishes, or washing plates. Hence, a simple light that doesn’t need much requirement to switch on and off will definitely be a popular item on countertops. Place a touch lamp near your recipe book to brighten the space while reading and whisking eggs simultaneously will leave you a lasting impression.
Foyer or Hallway: After a whole day’s work outside, it’s a great help if you can turn on the lights in the entryway without spending much time tapping on the walls to find the light switch. Indeed, you can just turn your primary lighting circuit into a touch-sensitive for convenience sake, but doing so requires alteration and planning from professional electricians. If you don’t need such a big project to be done on your home, a decorative touch lamp on the low cabinet beside your door can readily illuminate a small area on your doorway, leaving you with enough light to find that inconspicuous light switch your home’s walls.
How Touch Lamps Work
Touch lamps work in many ways. First, there are those which gets activated using the difference in temperatures. Once the system detected a change in the overall present heat, a simple human touch can turn the lamp’s light on. Others work using the principle of resistance. But the most famous working principle of touch lamps in the current market uses the idea of capacitance.
Simply put, capacitance is the ability of an object to store electron charges. Both the lamp and human have electron charges in their bodies; hence they both hold some amount of capacitance. A capacitive circuit operates when it detects a change in the potential differences of its power sources. For touch lamps, the human’s capacitance brought to the lamp body by a single contact activates the capacitive circuit of the lamp, enabling the difference of the potentials to create a change to the designated object. In this case, the lamp either turns on if it’s initially off or turns off if it’s initially on. More advanced touch lamps have brightness settings installed in their system, so a simple touch may increase the light’s brightness instead of simply switching it on or off.
Troubleshooting Touch Lamps
If your touch lamp fails to activate its magic, the first part you need to check is the lamp cord. Is it damaged? Are there any chewed parts? Maybe your pets used it when playing in the morning. Or perhaps there’s a burnt part? If so, then an electric accident may have happened without your knowledge. For this case, it’s best to have the cord replaced.
If you’re done checking and found no problems with the cord, perhaps the problem is not your touch lamp but the outlet in which you plugged it in. Use another appliance to check if the outlet is still connected to the main electric circuit of your house. If it’s not operating, then a circuit breaker may have been tripped, or the outlet itself was damaged. Check your electric panels thoroughly to find if this is the case.
Try changing its light bulb if you find that the outlet works just fine, but the touch lamp still won’t switch on after plugging it into another outlet. There are cases when the touch lamp seems not to work, only to find that the busted light bulb is the reason why it’s not lighting up.
If you’ve changed the light bulbs, but it’s still not working, it’s time to see if there are any problems with the internal circuit. Unconnected wires, burnt circuit parts, and insensitive touch sensors can all make your touch lamp inoperable. Freely connect the cables that need to be connected or replace the burnt parts and the touch sensors if you find these to be the reasons why your touch lamp is not working. Of course, if you’re unconfident in handling electric circuits, contact your local electrician and commission him or her to fix it.
Our collection of touch lamp in many styles and sizes are suitable for any space. Browse our assembly of lights and see if there are lights that can catch your eye. Many of our lamps are part of a lighting collection. Hence, you’ll find pendant lights, chandeliers, and wall lights on our site, matching appearances to some table lamps, floor lamps, and desk lamps.