Lava Lamps - Frequently Asked Questions:

As lava lamps have been an iconic decor and lighting piece for many years, there have been many questions raised regarding their functionality, operation, and history. Here, you'll find answers to some common and frequently asked questions regarding lava lamps.

Q: What shapes do lava lamps come in? 


Nearly all lava lamps will come in an hourglass-style shape. Our lava lamps come in two main shapes:

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A modern take on the timeless classic, diamond shaped lava lamps will feature a more angular base and cap as well as a slightly wider glass shape. This lava lamp shape will look better in both contemporary and modern decor styles. Here are some of our diamond lava lamps. 

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Peace lava lamps are the classic lava lamp shape we all know and love. These lava lamps have a more rounded glass, base, and cap. This retro shape looks great in natural interiors with softer colours and decor. Browse peace lava lamps. 

Q: Do lava lamps use a lot of electricity? 


As lava lamps utilise incandescent bulbs to heat up, energy consumption of a lava lamp is largely dependent on the bulb used. Our lava lamps use the most common-type of lava lamp globes which is are 30w SES R39 Lava Lamp Globes.

While incandescent bulbs are costly to operate as regular household light bulbs, you will not be running it for longer than periods of 8-10 hours. The cost will be dependent on your location and electricity rates. 

Q: How long should I leave my lamp lava turned on for


When turning on your lava lamp for the first time, it will likely take a little bit longer than usual for the wax to melt and flow. With more frequent usage, the lava lamp will begin to flow more quickly. It is highly recommended that you do not run the lava lamp for periods longer than 8 to 10 hours, regardless of the initial heating period. This will minimise any chance of overheating. 

Q: Are lava lamps dangerous


Lava lamps are a great decor piece when used appropriately however there are a few things to keep in mind when owning one. Lava lamps during operation can get quite hot making it a potential fire hazard. Like most lamps, it's important that your lava lamp during operation is not near hazards such as curtains, carpets or blankets. Most lava lamps contain non-toxic chemicals such as antifungals, water, and coloring. Despite this, the liquid inside should not be ingested in any circumstance.

Q: Are lava lamps safe to touch


Lava lamps make a great gift for children, teens, and adults alike, however it's important that the owner of the lava lamp understands how to use it properly. Lava lamps become hot enough during operation to cause burns when touched. If the lava lamp is for a child, ensure that its usage is supervised and they know not to touch it. 

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