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I'm not really a big lamp fan, tending towards the idea that if I want a decent amount of light I'll use a lightswitch. They gather dust, and I tend to knock them over a lot. However, my husband shows a regrettable tendency to like the things so I'm trying to learn to tolerate them, and I have to admit that if you want a lamp, these are amongst the most tolerable.
Lava lamps work by having two types of stuff inside them, one thicker than the other. As the light is on, it heats up the material inside so that it melts (I think?) and bobs around. Add a coloured light, and the end result is a lot of pretty patterns and shapes.
I still don't view this as the ideal solution for providing light (sorry, husband!) There's just not enough light, and a coloured light isn't ideal to read by. However, as a decorative item it's great. I like looking at it, and my baby is peacefully occupied staring into it. You can pick the colour to match with the room you want to put it in, and at £15 it won't break the bank.
Review of Lava Lamp, by Motion Lamps
I have always wanted a Lava Lamp yet never actually managed to acquire one. I recall them back in the late 60's and 70's when they first hit the UK market and coveted one even then.
For Christmas (2013) my lovely daughter and family knowing of my slightly off-beam tastes bought me a Lava Lamp. Finally at the grand old age of 55 I now have my very own Lava Lamp in silver and red.
**The Lava Lamp**
The lamp is a basically a rocket shape. It stands on a round brushed steel effect base and had a tapering cylindrical glass tube filled with clear liquid and the red 'lava', this is finished off with a matching steel pointed cap on top. The lamp is supplied with a 3 pin plug and the black flex is a good length. The simple on/off rocker style switch is located about 10 inches down the cord from the base of the unit.
The lamp stands approximately 12 inches high and I have placed it on my TV unit to one side of the television where I can watch it at leisure. The light it gives out is a gentle ambient light, not strong enough to light the room or even to read by really, it is a visual lamp as opposed to a practical one.
The lamp had to be fitted together, but this took minutes and required no skills or tools to complete. It was simply a question of ensuring the bulb which sits in the base was properly aligned and could be gently screwed into position. The glass portion then slotted on top of the bulb housing and the cap screws on to this. At first the 'lava' looked rather nasty, like a huge blood clot sitting at the bottom of the liquid. The instruction manual advised that the lamp would take 3-4 hours to heat adequately and to work correctly, luckily mine was working within an hour so I could sit back and enjoy watching the globules of red lava float up and down the cylinder.
The lamp does become hot in use so it needs to be placed with care, especially if you have young children in the house.
**About Lava Lamps**
The principle behind lava lamps is pretty simple really; basically two liquids similar in density but insoluble within each other are mixed in the tightly sealed glass container. When the bulb underneath is switched on and begins to heat the unit, the heavier of the two liquids will absorb the heat first, this expands and becomes less dense, so that it then floats to the top. Once it reaches the top of the lamp, it begins to cool down, so becoming heavier, at which point it then sinks back to the bottom and the whole process starts again.
The globules of red form weird and wonderful shapes as they heat up and rise cool and sink, and I find it fascinating to watch.
Obviously as my lamp was a Christmas present I do not know where it was purchased or indeed the purchase price, what I do know is that I am delighted with my gift and love it!
I am giving this lava lamp a 5* rating and whilst I appreciate that it isn't everyone's taste, I am very pleased with it.
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 December 2013
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The first thing I will mention is this product came very badly packaged it was purchased via the Amazon Marketplace and they had no protective outer box just put the label on the actual Lava Lamp box and when it arrived it was very badly bashed up it was actually bought for me as a gift which was a shame as it didn't look too appealing once being unwrapped. Fortunately though despite the terrible condition of the box it arrived in everything on the inside was completely intact.
Inside the box you have the base of the lamp which has a a power lead with a small on/off flick switch about 10 inches down the wire. the lightbulb which screws into the inside of the base, the glass bottle and a cap that sits on the top.
Assembling it couldn't be simpler it's simply just stacking it all up and then end result is a lamp which basically looks like a rocket.
Anyone who's owned a lava lamp before knows they take ages to properly get going and they also give off very minimal light certainly more for the attraction of watching it rather than of any practical use. I would say it takes around about an hour for the lamp to actually flow freely so it's not something you switch on unless you intend to leave it on for a while when you're in the room.
The main problem I have with this lamp is it clearly says on the box blue liquid with white lava which when it's switched off is completely correct the issue is that when you have the lamp switched on the high power bulb obviously shines quite a lot of light directly into the bottle. This causes the white lava which floats around to have a very yellow tone to it and it also make these the blue water look clear rather than the nice blue it looks when the light is off.
This isn't a problem for me but definitely is something to consider. If you have children definitely keep this out of reach of them because obviously it's very pretty to look at but it also gets extremely hot to touch and for a child with sensitive hands this could burn them or at the very least give them a nasty shock if they touched it.
Apart from that this is a very affordable lava lamp compared to some of the others on the market and does exactly what it's supposed to. I've had mine for about a year now and have had no problems with it in regards to functionality at all.