iHome Table Lamp with Charging Dock for iPod, iPhone, and iPad IHLC120
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- Universal dock charges iPad, iPhone, and docking iPod models
- Touch sensitive on/off dimmer
- USB charging port for charging Android and other devices
- White linen fabric shade
- Rubberized device rest
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Despite having a bright white shade & using a bulb wattage slightly higher than recommend (60W is recommended, I have a 75W in place), the light it produces is not very bright. It is not good light to work by; it is good for soft room lighting & it does a fine job at that. The base is sturdy which is a huge plus in my very active household; it is not likely to be knocked over easily.
On the back where the power cord comes out, there is a convenient USB port & a USB mode switch. The switch (A) is so you can charge iPads, iPhones, iPods etc. Switching it to B allows you to charge other USB devices.
The touch feature is a bit annoying. Unlike the pretty little glass touch lamps that are super sensitive, this lamp has a delayed response. Enough so that I find myself touching it again, just as it kicks on so then I end up turning it off & doing the same when attempting to turn it off.
Overall it is a nice enough lamp. Seems a bit overpriced for what you get. After all it's just a touch lamp with a charging dock. Nothing more. Nothing less. I have another iHome lamp (desk lamp) that has a speaker. It is designed to work with your iPod so you can listen to it while working. It features a goose neck, brighter light & smaller size. It however does not charge the device. It would be nice to have a iHome lamp that both allowed me to listen to my device & charge it. If I end up with a 3rd iHome lamp perhaps it will bring the best of both worlds.
The lamp is nice looking and should fit into most decors. But one drawback is that it is hard to actually turn the light on. Instead of a switch, there is a touch sensitive on / off button that is a bit sensitive. I usually have to go over it two to three times before the lamp is turned on. The light is also supposed to be a dimmer (by keeping your finger on the on / off button) but I was unable to get it to dim, maybe because I used an energy efficient light bulb which sometimes do not work with dimmer switches.
It does work great to charge the ipod, and the connector is well designed and constructed to minimize the risk that you'll bend something in the connectors when doing so. The look and feel is very nice, and it's easy to assemble.
My complaints are two. First, the lamp won't turn on or off, or dim, without the iphone being docked. While it might be a benefit to remind me to charge my phone, it's annoying to need the phone to operate the lamp--what if I'm on the phone and want light?
This gives rise to the second complaint. When I first used the lamp and discovered it seemed the phone was required to complete the circuit or something, I was very frustrated tapping all over the sensor area (Where was it? Nowhere was responsive.) to fire up the light. As nice as it is to have touch-sensitivity, I would prefer there be a hard switch or knob option when the sensor area seems oblivious to my tap-tapping variations.
[N.B. I have had the lamp for a few weeks, and it seems to be simply poorly assembled. With increasing frequency, I have found it responsive without the phone being docked. Similarly, though, there have been times when the phone was docked and the sensor did not operate. A sometimes-light is better than no lamp at all--and it is nice to have the charger. Still, I don't think I would choose this lamp or brand again given the temperamental performance.]
All in all I will keep them, but I am glad I bought them at a discounted price.
The lamp shade is made of a light colored fabric covering a thin plastic base and lets some light filter through. The instruction booklet states that the maximum wattage for the light bulb is 60 watts. A 60 watt incandescent bulb in this lamp did not give off enough light for me to easily read printed material, so I tried a 23 Watt CFL bulb (100 Watt equivalent) and it provided enough light for comfortable reading. Thus, this lamp could be used as bedside reading light and it could charge an iPhone at night which can double as an alarm clock - pretty convenient.
My problem with the lamp lies with the on-off switch for the light. It is a stationary button on the base at the very front of the lamp. The instructions state that the light is turned on "by tapping the touch sensitive dimmer" and to "hold the dimmer until the light reaches desired brightness." Unfortunately, tapping the switch did not always turn the light on and off and pressing on the button did absolutely nothing. The light does eventually turn on and off by tapping the switch; I just found its operation frustrating at times. A traditional on-off switch would have worked much better for me.
The bottom line here is that this lamp is convenient for charging Apple and other electronic devices, but the temperamental on-off lamp switch can make operating the lamp difficult at times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great lamp, especially given it's price and added feature of being able to charge an iPod/iPhone/iPad with the 30-pin connector. Downsides are:
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The idea behind this product is excellent; however, the execution is terrible. The lamps are nice looking; however the conductivity 'touch switch' does not work consistently on... Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Marc Andonian
What a great concept and what a poor execution. It stopped working properly the very first day. Would it have been to much to ask for an actual mechanical switch to turn it on or... Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Luis E Ortiz
Great lamp!!! A all-in-one charging station and I love that it is a stand for my iPad. The shade is good quality material, but I wish the base looked a little less like plastic and... Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by Lacey
First off, this item is only going to look good in certain types of homes or rooms, mostly modern ones at that. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by D. Marvin
I bought this lamp for our screened in porch. I sit out there a lot in the summer and read and many times need a way to charge my phone/iPad &/or kindle. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Teri
I like this lamp. I like the style, I like the dual functionality; it works well as a charger for my iPhone. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Kelly L. Norman
Pros: The functionality of this lamp is something that you can not find hardly anywhere. This lamp has an Ipod/Iphone dock as well as a usb port in the back of the lamp so that you... Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by LovePilates
bought this for the husband, who always seems to have a dead battery in iphone, or ipad.... this lamp is so great for charging and the lighting is perfect too.Published on March 18, 2013 by meghan