Product Type: Argos home lighting
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Inexpensive attractive lava lamp for mood lighting
Argos Groovy Silver Finish Wax Lamp
Member Name: rolandrat
Argos Groovy Silver Finish Wax Lamp
Advantages: Inexpensive, attractive lamp
Disadvantages: Long warm-up time, hard to find bulbs, top heavy
---Why I Had This---
This lamp has been on sale from Argos for a number of years now and was given to me as a Christmas gift from one of my sons a few years back.
Lava lamps were invented in the 1960s and were then classed as 'groovy' and very modern. Now they are fashionable agai in a retro sort of way.
Groovy Silver Finish Blue and Red Wax Lamp.
Argos say 'Kids will love this alternative groovy Wax Lamp in blue and red, which evokes moveable and eye-catching shapes'.
Silver finish with a wavy shaped top.
Bulbs required: 1 x 30W SES (included).
The lamp has a 56 inch lead which has an on/off switch about 9 inches from the base.
The silver top section is fixed onto the glass section.
The glass is just pushed into the base.
The base is 6 inches tall, the glass section is 8 inches and the silver colour top cap is 2 inches.
Just plug in and switch on.
However it takes between an hour to one and a half hours for the wax to fully melt and get circulating properly.
£12.99 but now reduced to £9.69.
I loved lava lamps back in the 60s when they first came out but never imagined I would end up owning one!
This was a complete surprise gift but much appreciated.
The base and silvery top is made of silver colour plastic - the centre bottle part just rests in the base and contains very pale blue liquid and red wax.
My first lava lamp had a dud bulb that only lasted a day or two - and being an odd size to source we returned it to Argos for a replacement. This second lamp must be much better as it has now lasted me for quite a few years.
As per instructions above the lamp does take a while to heat up but then you get a rolling motion of blobs of wax rising and falling.
The lamp is quite top heavy as the glass section is heavier than the plastic base where the bulb is so you need to be careful where you position your lamp.
Argos sell this as a 'kids' gift but due to the fact that it gets hot, contains melted wax and is top heavy I would not be happy giving one to a child - a teenager would be ok but I would want it in an out of the way position.
The light from the lamp is just a sort of a glow as the bulb is low down in the base and with the red wax in the base as well it gives more of a sort of mood lighting.
I must admit this lamp is not used every day at home - but I do use it a lot around Christmas time and also when visitors are coming.
You have to remember to switch on in plenty of time if you want the wax to be moving properly.
I do not know the composition of the contents of the lamp but googling shows that some lamps contain carbon tetrachloride which is poisonous - so this is another reason why I would not like it in a child's room in case it was smashed, as well as the fact that te base gets quite hot.
Lava lamps have exploded and even caused death by being heated on a stove.
---Would I Recommend?---
Summary: Inexpensive attractive lamp for mood lighting
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