Lava Lamps - Choose Vintage
A Must Have for your Dorm Room
Stereo? Check. TV? Check. Lava lamp...?
If you don't have a lava lamp for your dorm room yet, you need to get one today! But don't just go out and buy any old lamp. Lava lamps are not all the same quality! They just aren't made the way they used to be, so I encourage you to consider vintage when you shop for lava lamps.
Read on! There's still time for you to buy better quality, style, and value in your lava lamp - a must have for every college dorm room.
This is a picture of the lava lamp I had in my college dorm room. It served me well then and still does today!
Top 10 Reasons to Get a Lava Lamp for your Dorm Room
- Extra heat for when your dorm room gets cold.
- A mindless distraction when you need something to stare at instead of studying for finals.
- Let people know you're fun, friendly and have great taste.
- You have to contribute something to the dorm atmosphere right? Let your contribution be a splash of color and let your roommate spring for the expensive stuff.
- It's the best looking nightlight you've ever seen. Leave it on until your roommate comes in - it won't keep you up and your roommate will be able to see enough to keep from waking you.
- They're relaxing. A great way to relieve studying-related stress!
- It teaches patience! You do have to wait for them to warm up, but it's worth the wait.
- You love science and a lava lamp is, in fact, science in action! See the Archimedes Principle.
- Retro is very now!
- Mood lighting... enough said! :)
Do you own a lava lamp?
Do you own a lava lamp?
Why not buy new?
Sure, you can get a shiny new product on Amazon or at one of the big box stores, but buyer beware! Make sure you read the customer reviews. Many of the best selling brands are rated very low by consumers. A lot of customers commented that the new lamps didn't work right, the glass was cloudy or murky, and the craftsmanship was poor quality.
There are definitely positives to buying new, such as: wider color selection, ability to choose what you are willing to spend, and a great variety of styles and shapes. But if the quality isn't there, what are you really getting?
If you want quality, reliability, and true beauty, keep scrolling down to see classic, vintage, and rare lamps you could choose.
Top-Rated Lava Lamps - on Amazon
I've selected the top rated lamps that Amazon has to offer to show here. They're not the best sellers; those frequently had very mixed reviews (sometimes as low as 1 or 2 out of 5 stars). The ones here are rated at least close to 4 stars, and even these have some negative comments.
3.5 out of 5 stars (47 customer reviews)The upside is that this lamp comes in a variety of colors, but unfortunately, you don't get to pick which one. You get what they send you.
4.1 out of 5 stars (16 customer reviews)If your a fan of The Dark Knight movies, this might be the lamp for you. Reviewers seem very happy with the white wax and the look of the lamp in general.
Why choose vintage?
Yes, the lava lamps on eBay (see below) might cost a little more, but they're still around and there's a reason for that.
I treasured my lamp. When I packed up to move (many, many times) during college, I cradled the glass. I made sure I didn't shake it. I wrapped it because I didn't want the glass to fall out of the base and break. I followed the instructions and didn't leave it on too long. I took excellent care of it, because I wanted it to last! 20 years later, it's still working great!
Vintage lamps were also made with high quality materials - thick, clear glass; steel bases; and ideally balanced wax and water densities.
Spend the money on a vintage lamp, and you'll be happy and relaxed for decades to come!
Vintage Starlight Lava Lamps - on eBay
I love the original starlight bases! Holes in the base throw an extra sparkle on an already special lamp.
How Does a Lava Lamp Work? - From the Discovery Channel
Vintage Moon & Stars Lava Lamps - on eBay
The Moon & Stars series offer a little different shape, plus many of them have the added bonus of the starlight base. So fun!
How far back does the far-out lamp go?
There's some disagreement about how far back they go, but most people agree that the concept goes back to the 1950s. Then a man named Walker perfected the design and began marketing them in 1963.
More Rare Vintage Lava Lamps - on eBay
Type in "rare" on eBay and you get a fun and funky variety of lamps. My all-time favorite? The brass Coachlight Lantern lamp. I hope you get to see (and possibly buy) one here!