If you’re considering getting yourself a lava lamp, or you’re just randomly wandering the internet looking for obscure information about lava lamps, then you’ll be glad to know I’ve got the answers.
One of the concerns about purchasing a lava lamp is whether it’s going to be safe to have it in your house. This is understandable, as they do look as if they may be dangerous. Plus, part of this is derived from the name ‘lava’, which insinuates that the inside of a lava lamp might be burning hot.
Although lava lamps sound and appear like they might cause a fire, this isn’t necessarily the case. There are a few things that we need to consider to determine whether a lava lamp is going to be dangerous within your house, or whether you don’t need to worry.
Are lava lamps safe?
Generally, lava lamps are considered as a safe source of light and entertainment as long as you follow the directions of the manufacturer. This means not leaving your lava lamp on longer than a specific time, and not touching the lava lamp itself whilst it’s on for an extended period of time.
Lava lamps are a safe way to spice up a room and make it a little more attractive. But, you do need to ensure that you’re taking precautionary measures with your lava lamp. This means that if you have young, inquisitive children, then it likely isn’t a good idea to get yourself a lava lamp. Why? Because lava lamps do get hotter than your regular lamp, and once they’re on, you don’t want to touch them. If you have young children, then it can be difficult to stop them from touching the lamp unless you’re there 24/7.
Is the inside of a lava lamp toxic?
Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about the inside of your lava lamp being toxic. This is because the inside of a lava lamp is actually not toxic, and you don’t have to worry about it if you do break your lava lamp – the fumes aren’t going to be toxic. In saying this, you still want to avoid consuming any of the water that’s inside a lava lamp, so be sure to clear up any spillages right away if you do break your lava lamp.
How do you make a lava lamp?
Lava lamps have been around for decades, and although the exact formulas for the original lava lamps isn’t exactly sure, it’s generally considered that they consist of mineral oil, parrafin wax and in the past, carbon tetrachloride but more recently, some type of glycol.
How do Lava Lamps work?
To put it in quite a simple fashion, the way a lava lamp works is actually relatively simple. All you’re really doing is taking two different material – wax and water – that won’t mix or blend together.
Usually, wax is a lot thicker than water, and it would sit at the bottom of the lamp. But when the lamp is heated up, the wax actually becomes lighter, which is why it starts to float around in the water. the top of the lava lamp is cooler than the bottom (the heat is coming from the bottom), so when the lava/wax reaches the top of the water, it comes heavier again. So, it moves back down to the bottom of the lamp all over again. Simple.
This repeats over and over again, which creates a flow effect within the lava lamp itself. Although they were invented in the 60s, lava lamps are still popular today and there’s a ton of different options available.
Overall, lava lamps are going to appeal to a very small group of people. Once all the rage in popularity, like tamagotchis and plasma balls, lava lamps have had their day. But, there are still a few lava lamp fanatics out there who want to bring back the retro style.
Whether it be for yourself or for your child, a lava lamp can be an awesome present. As long as your child isn’t too young – you don’t want them to use it incorrectly – and they are relatively responsible, then a good lava lamp can make an awesome Christmas or birthday present.