Newest Review: ... have always been fascinated with these lamps since seeing them on old black and white TV programmes way back in the 60s. They would often... more
Put the lava in the lamp
Member Name: emmad5689
Advantages: Relaxing, colourful, a decent amount of light
Disadvantages: Gets hot, is breakable and takes about an hour to get going
I remember when I was a teenager and we were on our weeks holidays at Whitby, we would play the bingo everyday and collect the wins to get prizes at the end of the week, my eyes were on the prize of a lava lamp. As we are talking about 15 years ago lava lamps were at the time pretty expensive and I needed a lot of wins but my Mam donated some of her wins and at the end of the week I came home with the lava lamp I had wanted.
A lava lamp consists of a base which plugs into the electric and has an elemant inside to provide heat, a glass bottle which contains a wax type of material inside coloured liquid and finally a top to sit over the top of the bottle. The idea is that when you plug in your lava lamp the heat produced at the base heats the wax and it will then move around and make it's way up to the top where it will cool down and then fall back down to the bottom. The lava lamp does also provide light so is actually a lamp too.
I loved my lava lamp and ikt was well worth the money we spent on the bingo that week to get it, now a days lava lamps come in alsorts of shapes whereas when I got mine it was a simple end to end cone shape so it was wider in the middle and narrower at either end. Lava lamps have also comes down in price now too and you can pick up the style I had for about £10.
There were good and bad points to the lava lamp, the lamp would take about an hour to heat up and get the wax moving properly which in the end was why I got rid of it, as I got older I foudn that I wasn;t in for more than an hour or so at a time wso it didn;t get used however now I am older again and have my own house I would quite like one again. The bottle in the lamp also gets pretty hot and with it being glass is of course breakable so it wasn't a good things to have near young children. The lamps are really relaxing once they have got going properly and they do provide a decent amount of light so they are useful as well as being nice to look at.
I loved my lava lamp and will probably end up with one again once my daughters are a little older.
Summary: Something strangely relaxing about it