The Lava lamp came into our lives in the 1960’s and has remained a favourite amongst all age groups to this very day. For those of us a little older it’s mainly nostalgia for the brightly coloured lava with their mesmerising wax shapes that formed, rising and sinking through the lamp because of the heat of a light bulb. As the decades passed, interest in this ubiquitous lamp had declined but in the late 1980’s saw a revival that continues to this very day. Here you will find the highest quality lava lamps from Mathmos who still manufacture their products in Britain. The glass bodies are made in Yorkshire, the spun metal bases are made in Devon, the bottles are filled and the lamps hand assembled to order in Poole. So you can safely say that this is a great little British product!
Lava Lamp Classics By Mathmos & LavaLite
The lava lamp was invented in Britain in 1963 by Edward Craven Walker, an inventor, entrepreneur and eccentric. In addition to founding a company called Crestworth to sell his new Astro lamp, he owned helicopters, fire engines and was a World War II RAF pilot. He also made underwater naturist films, entertained the cast of the 60s musical Hair and owned a naturist camp in Dorset.
The Astro lamp came into production in 1963 and was an instant hit and became a defining image of the swinging 60’s. It was featured in TV series such as The Prisoner and Dr Who. In 1989 the Walkers retired and teamed up with young entrepreneurs Cressida Granger and David Mulley who have taken the company forward under the name Mathmos.
The original British lava lamp is still being made in their factory based in Poole, Dorset. Some fifty years on, Mathmos lava lamps remain faithful to their original design and quality standards.
In 1965 Adolph Wertheimer and Hy Spector, secure US rights to manufacture and sell the lava lamp. The Lava Manufacturing Corporation was formed in U.S. to sell under the brand name LavaLite.
How Does A Lava Lamp Work
A lava lamp is the brand name for a liquid motion lamp. It uses two liquids that are very close in density but will not dissolve in one another. Once the two liquids have been identified, they need to be vergy gently heated up, in this case using heat generated by a light bulb.
Once heated the heavier of the two liquids gets warmer, expands and becomes less dense. It is now slightly lighter than the other liquid so it rises. As it rises, it cools, making it denser and therefore heavier, so it sinks. This all happens in slow motion and can have a mesmerising effect as it gently forms different shapes, splits and dances about in the clear glass tube.
Safety In Use
Place the lamp away from:
- children under 14 years – to prevent breakage
- sunlight – to prevent fading
- drafts – to prevent slow operation
- cold places – to prevent freezing
- hot places – to prevent overheating
- animals – to prevent breakage
- do not place on carpets or block the ventilation spaces beneath the lamp.
If you require any further help or information on any lava lamp, please telephone 0151 650 2138 or use the contact us form.
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