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Member Name: k2705
Advantages: Quirky facinating lamp
Disadvantages: Can take a while to get going
When I was a teenager I had a lava lamp in my bedroom. They were making a bit of a come back and you could buy mini ones for about £5.00. Lava lamps all work on the same principle. They have a metal base with a glass container on top of it. This is filled with coloured liquid and a lump of coloured wax. Theres a bulb in the base of the lamp that heats the liquid up and melts the wax. As the wax melts small pieces break away and rise to the top of the lamp. They then cool and sink and so the cycle begins.
The original lava lamp was called the Astro and was invented by Edward Craven-Walker in 1963, this original design was based on a war time egg timer. Today the Lava Lamp can be bought in several different designs with various coloured wax. Some are quite sleek and modern. Argos do one with "bendy" shaped glass, but most of them are in the traditional rocket shape design, some even having three tall legs so they really look like a space ship. This design is called the Telstar.
There's also a glitter variation which uses glitter instead of wax. The principle is the same, the liquid heats and the glitter rises but it doesn't seem to have the same fascination for me as the rising and falling blobs of wax.
Lava lamps can be bought from roughly £5.00 upwards. There is a vast colour choice of liquid and wax so there's bound to be a design that would go with just about any colour scheme. A company called Mathmos even did a red and white special edition one for the world cup, at £66.00 I'm not sure how well that would have sold!
I now have a Lava lamp in my lounge, it is so relaxing to watch the blobs of wax rise and fall , constantly changing shapes, it makes a great feature. My one and only moan is that it can take quite a while for the wax to fully melt and the rise and fall cycle to get going but apart from this I love mine. I don't know if you could say Lava lamps have actually stood the test of time because they faded away in the eighties but I think they may well be one of those things that comes and goes. Its definatly one of those things that you either love or hate.
Summary: A relaxing feature for your home.
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