- Home Improvement»
- Lamps & Interior Lighting Improvements
Buy The Best Lava Lamp
The rise and fall of the colourful gloop inside a lava lamp has had us all in a hypnotic trance since the introduction of the funky lamp in the psychedelic swinging sixties. despite it's ups and downs with the ever changing trends generations are still transfixed with the coloured blobs motions.
The Rise Of The lava Lamp
Edward Craven-Walker brought the lava lamp into our lives in 1963, although it was initially named the Astro Lamp. It had taken 15 years to develop the lamp after Craven-Walker was inspired by an egg-timing device he spotted in a Dorset public house, where a glass tube had a blob of liquid which rose to the top when the egg was done.
The first lamp consisted of a secret formula of coloured liquid with the addition of a waxy material in a contrasting colour, and when warmed by the heat of the light bulb, the wax became lighter than the water and rose to the top, and fell as it cooled down. the 1960's was a great time for the lamp and the people loved it!
Lava Lamp Reprise
The lava lamp continued to be popular throughout the seventies and eighties as the disco age took over from the swinging sixties. However when disco began to fade, so did the lava lamp, and Craven-Walkers company was bought out by two antique dealers although Edward actually stayed on as a consultant until his death in 2000.
The new company was renamed Mathmos,and the lava lamp rose again as it incredibly sold more lamps in the nineties than the previous three decades. The retro revival had begun and the lava lamps were back in style.
The Lava lamp Today
Today you can buy many different styles of the lava lamp,from mini lamps to the long tall stand up lamps.Whatever the design there is a place for the lamp in any room of the house.The mesmerising and therapeutic lamps are as popular today as they have ever been.
The latest lava lamp is the Smart Astro ,much the same as the original design it incorporates many high tech features such as LED's and temperature sensors.It seems there is plenty of life in this iconic invention to ensure it's popularity well in to the 21st century.