How to Care for a Lava Lamp

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How to Care for a Lava Lamp
Lava lamps come in a variety of colours. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

A lava lamp is a light fixture that contains melted wax. The wax moves up and down through the lamp, resembling the flow of lava. Caring for a lava lamp includes maintaining the correct room temperature and cleaning the surface. Lava lamps are sensitive to temperature fluctuations in a room, which can cause the wax to flow improperly.

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Things you need

  • Soft cloth

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  1. 1

    Set the lava lamp on a flat, non-glass surface away from heating or cooling vents and direct sunlight. Maintain the room's temperature between 21.1 and 23.3 degrees C.

  2. 2

    Allow the lava lamp five hours to warm up the first time you turn it on. Do not operate the lamp for more than 10 hours at a time.

  3. 3

    Replace the bulb when necessary with the type recommended by the manufacturer for your particular model.

  4. 4

    Unplug the lava lamp and allow it to cool completely; this takes approximately two to three hours. Wipe down the glass surface of the lava lamp with a damp cloth. Allow it to dry before you plug it back in.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not remove the cap or add objects or liquid to the lamp.

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