A lava lamp is a decorative object which creates an interesting visual effect due to the little blobs of material that move about in different densities and viscosities. Lava lamps are not very complicated.
They typically consist of water, some dye, wax, and oil; these components are heated up together inside of the reservoir. This causes the wax to heat up and expand, where it will eventually cool down again after settling back into another blob like shape at its new temperature (until it heats up again), thus bringing movement to what looks like normal still liquid.
Lava lamps can last for years but this largely depends on how well they are taken care of by their user(s). First, you should consider your budget when making a purchase as to how much you are willing to pay for a lava lamp. Second, it is important to consider the size of the lamp that you are buying as it will play a role in how long your purchase can last.
Finally, you should consider what material your lamp is made out of. Plastic lamps typically have a lower price point but they don’t last as long compared with other types of lava lamps. Lava lamps made out of glass are considered more high-end and often come in various sizes, which could lead to additional pricing depending on what you are looking for. This type also has an increased chance of breaking if not handled carefully due to its composition. However, glass lamps do tend to last longer than plastic ones because they are less likely to warp and ruin the lamp’s heating system.
Lava lamps can last for many years if they are taken care of properly by their owner(s). This includes keeping them out of reach from pets and children but also keeping them clean, not placing them in an area with extreme temperature fluctuations, etc. But generally speaking, the better you take care of your lava lamp during its lifespan, the longer you will be able to enjoy it.
How to Refill the Liquid in a Lava Lamp
A great way to extend the life of your lava lamp is by replacing the water. However, this is something that needs to be done very carefully or you risk having no lava lamp at all!
Before you begin to refill the liquid in your lava lamp, you need to turn it off and let the wax settle. Although this is not mandatory since the wax will eventually settle, it serves as a good idea so that your lava lamp does not overflow over the sides once you start filling it up again.
After turning your lava lamp off, lay it on its side and pour distilled water slowly into it until all of the wax has been pushed out of the tube (the reservoir). If there is still some liquid mixture at the bottom after removing all of the wax, gently pry out as much as possible using an object such as a toothpick or fingernail; however, do this carefully enough that you don’t damage any part of the lamp.
Once all of the wax has been removed, turn your lava lamp back on and allow it to heat up again. Once the mixture starts to bubble, carefully place it upright so that it can settle. It is also best if you have a paper towel or napkin underneath the base in order to protect your furniture from any overflow that might occur while the wax settles. Once this is done, you should be left with a clear tube ready for experimentation!
If there are any small pieces of wax left in the container after replacing the water, pour some mineral spirits into a small jar and add a few drops of dish soap. Place each piece individually into this solution for around 5-10 minutes before rinsing them clean with water and allowing them to dry on a paper towel.
Once the wax has been removed and all of the pieces have been cleaned, you can now refill your lava lamp as needed. Make sure that you only fill up the reservoir until about an inch from the top (if not less) as it will overflow after turning it back on. Once this is done, make sure to flip your lava lamp over several times in order to mix the new water with the remaining mixture inside. This step is important because if you do not re-mix everything together, there will be a clear separation of water and wax which defeats the purpose of having a lava lamp!
As long as you take these steps carefully into consideration when refilling your lava lamp with distilled water, you should have a working lava lamp that can be used for many more years!
Why do lava lamps go bad?
People who have lava lamps in their home notice that over time, these lamps will begin to lose their visual appeal. The wax appears chunkier and the light is not as bright when turned on. This article will explain why this happens and what you can do about it!
Lava lamps can go bad due to the evaporation of butane gas. If your lava lamp doesn’t seem to be working properly, look at how much liquid is left in your lamp itself. If there isn’t a large amount of fluid, then you need to add more oil and water based liquids.
You should expect a lava lamp to take anywhere from 1-3 hours before all of the liquid has evaporated and needs to be replaced. When the level gets too low, there is not enough liquid to cover the wax, causing it to clump together and leaving you with an unpleasant looking aura.
If you want your lava lamps to vibe back, make sure not to overfill them! There needs to be enough room left for the liquid to move around inside of your lamp base. If you put in too much fluid, your lamp will overflow and could cause damage or injury if it’s on when this happens.
People have claimed that adding a bit of salt to the water can help prolong your lava lamp’s life by keeping the wax from clumping together.
Don’t worry about adding too much liquid at a time! If you think there isn’t enough liquid, add more of both types of fluid carefully. Just make sure not to overfill!
If you’ve tried all of these remedies and your lava lamps still don’t seem to be working, then it is probably time for them to go in the trash. There is no possible way to fix your lamp if it begins to leak or emit an unpleasant odor when on. All you can do is replace it with a new lamp and try your best to keep the liquid level down, as well as replacing them before too much liquid evaporates!
Do lava lamps burn out?
There are so many rumors about lava lamps, some say they burn out quickly. On the other hand, there are other rumors saying that they have a long life span, so which is it? The truth is that lava lamps do not “burn out”, but they actually lose their liquid (or wax) over time because of evaporation.
Lava lamp bulbs come in two different wattages; 40watt and 25watt. It doesn’t matter which type of lamp you own because eventually, it will lose its liquid over time. The 40watt bulb heats up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit so there is no way to prevent your lamp from losing its liquid unless you keep adding in more wax over time. This process can be costly depending on which brand you purchase but there is also a way to save money in the long run! There are some brands that do not require you to add liquid every time it evaporates.
What you might not know is that there are two different types of lava lamp wax and each one has a different life span. The first type is standard/old school wax and the second is new age wax. Standard wax usually lasts about 3 years while the new age wax can last up to 5 years! By knowing which type of wax your product contains, you will be able to figure out how long it will actually last for as some products contain both old school and new age wax depending on the color or effect that it may produce.
However, some people do report that after many many moons (years) of having their lamps operating they begin producing fewer bubbles over time which may also suggest that there is an end to its life span.
Most people use their lava lamps once every day, sometimes more often than other times, depending on whether they are relaxing or just trying to wind down for the night. By adding new wax every time it evaporates you will be able to keep your lamp operating at a pretty steady pace, but over time even this might not be enough and the bubbles will eventually decrease until your favorite decoration stops functioning properly. You can purchase replacement wax from popular stores such as Target, Wal-mart and Bed Bath and Beyond if any of this occurs.