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A "lava"ly lamp
Member Name: baby-cakes
Advantages: quite cheap, look lovely, relaxing
Disadvantages: get very hot
I remember having a lava lamp as a teenager (many years ago now) when I was living with my parents and I would make a guess that most people have owned one at some point in their lives. A month or two before Christmas, a new shop opened up in a local town centre called the Gadget Shop and lined up on the top shelf near the door was a variety of different lava lamps. I decided that I really fancied having one again and asked for one for Christmas.
What is a lava lamp? A lava lamp (also known as Astro lamp) is a decorative lamp that is really for aesthetic purposes than light purposes! The lava lamp was invented in 1963 by Edward Craven-Walker and began being produced in 1968. Each lamp contains a standard lightbulb which sits underneath a glass bottle containing water and wax mixture. When the lamp is turned on, the heat from the bulb begins to warm the water which in turn causes the wax to melt and form blobs which rise and fall making random patterns.
It can take up to an hour for the wax to be warm enough and you will find that as it is starting to melt some very random (and quite disgusting at times) shapes will begin to appear as it starts to rise up the bottle! It is at this point that it really freaks my little girl out as she doesn't like the ugly shapes that form.
The lava lamp I received is one of the concave shaped ones rather than the rocket ones which I was really pleased about as I had decided I wanted it in my living room and I thought a rocket one would look very out of place. The metal base and top is a bright metallic pink which I personally love, and the wax inside is a purpley/pink colour before it is melted, turning into a lovely reddy/pink once it gets going. The glow from the lamp is also pink, which I think looks fab at night with just that and the television on. Of course it doesn't give out much light, it is just a nice discreet glow so you wouldn't be able to read with just the lamp on.
One thing to be aware of is that the lamp can become very hot after being on for a long period of time so it isn't recommended to lift it once it has been on. Also, it must be kept away from children for this same reason!
As my lava lamp was a present I am not entirely sure how much it cost, but I would imagine it would have been around £15.00 and looking online I see that you can buy them for around £12.99. The lamps come in a range of colours and designs, with some I have seen having lime green wax in! Another variation of the lamp is that with a glitter filling rather than wax.
I really like my lava lamp and would recommend them to anyone as I think they make a nice feature in a room and are really quite relaxing to watch. I especially like it when my kitten sits next to it and becomes totally mesmerised with the movement of the wax and follows it up and down!
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: A nice decorative lamp