Touch Lamp Turning On By Itself? Here Are 3 Reasons Why

Touch-sensitive lamps have become quite common and they are found in homes, restaurants, hotels, airports, and even retail stores. Feeling frustrated with your touch lamp turning on by itself?

If you own a touch lamp, you might be familiar with the idea that it can turn on by itself, randomly. The problem occurs when the lamp turns on without any necessary physical contact being made. Fortunately, your touch lamp is not possessed by a ghost or some other paranormal force trying to control items in your house.

Let’s find out why’s your touch lamp turning on by itself and deal with this annoying situation!

A Touch lamp turning on by itself

The main reason for your touch lamp turning on by itself is because the touch control is very sensitive.

It has become common knowledge that you need to be careful when using these types of lamps because they are quite easy to turn on without you knowing.

Although they are designed to act on a principle of body capacitance and are usually triggered by your palm or fingers while tapping the surface (more on that in our guide on how touch lamps work), their touch system is very delicate and they can behave strangely against your will.

Radio frequency interference

Any radio frequency interference can cause your touch lamp to react in an unwanted way.

Most electronic devices we use can produce radio frequency interference (RFI). That means that electronic equipment such as cell phones, computers, and cordless phones can affect your lamp. Shortly said, the power transients may be the reason why your lamp has gone mad.

What to do:

Place electronic devices that produce RFI as far away from your lamp as possible. The further away they are, the less likely it is to trigger the touch system. 

A pet

Another reason why this can happen is if you have a pet. In fact, this is a particularly big possibility if your lamp goes crazy at night, because then you may not see the animal moving and making contact with the lamp.

What to do:

If you think that the source of this phenomenon could be a pet, prevent him from accessing the lamp, making sure that the lamp is still in a safe place. We are sure that there is an abundance of surfaces on which you can place it.


The third obvious situation worth mentioning is that your lamp may simply be faulty. These devices are prone to malfunctions since their system is very sensitive. If you don’t want to take a risk with this, avoid buying a touch lamp.

What to do:

If your lamp is simply defective, whether due to prolonged use or something else, just throw it away and replace it with a well-functioning lamp.

Keep in mind that touch-sensitive lamps are quite sensitive as the name suggests and there is a possibility that they can light up on their own despite doing everything right and trying not to affect it.


In conclusion, touch-sensitive lamps, like so many other gadgets in the world, can work for us or against us. Sometimes they’ll give us an amazing advantage, and sometimes they’ll make us wish we hadn’t bought them.

A touch lamp turning on by itself is not uncommon and can cause confusion, but it should not bother you because it is not irreparable. In this article, we told you about the ways to avoid these problems so that should help you.

The worst-case scenario would be one in which you have to throw away an old lamp and replace it with a new one, which is not such a bad outcome since there are budget-friendly options on the market.

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