I'm new to this site, not a collector just a retro do-it-yourselfer. I acquired this Grande lamp for free from a neighbor I think it is really cool being so big but it came with a burnt bulb and a boxed burnt bulb so...2 burnt bulbs. I got discouraged when I realized it used a 100W bulb which is too much to run consistently just for effects which is when I started doing research on how to "green" the lamp up.
Not sure if anyone can decode these numbers to tell how old the unit is I believe it is all original.
In my research I realized you can re-goo them and the kits have lighter wax which requires less wattage then the factory goo does so I plan on doing this I saw kits on eBay for about $30 not sure if that is enough for one of these sized lamps. I want white lava since my walls and furniture are white which goes good against the stainless it will make for a very contemporary lamp, then I'm not sure if the re-goo kits keep the water clear for much longer periods of time but I'm unsure I may want the water to be Caribbean-teal color like the liner on a pool.
Then I was thinking about trying to insulate the base to make more efficient use of the heat loss through aluminum which is a conductor of heat. I will install a twist knob "pot" style dimmer on the base of the lamp itself, as far as the bulb goes not sure if they more a better light bulb then the basic 100w they sell for use in these? I thought about retrofit combining LEDs and a heating coil but probably would not make any difference in electricity consumption. They don't make a better designed coil ring I should install with the goo kit do they??
Long term goal with the lamp is to turn it into a usable bedside end table like the colossal/colossus lamp probably the same width glass ring with a smaller hole in the center for more usable table area. The thing I can't figure out is how the glass rings stay on the floor sized lamps does anyone have any close up pictures of how it is mounted?
I can't even find one on eBay for sale, I assume they don't make them anymore? Here are two I found on Google which I Photoshopped feel free to use them elsewhere on this website in a gallery or something...I corrected the color of the images and then added depth of field to them:
That is exactly what I had in mind for wiring a dimmer switch, 100w 24/7 seems like a bit much for what it is I don't pay for electricity granted I don't run too much I live with family. If I surge it up with a 150w then dim it once it flows think it can be lowered to 50-60w and keep it moving?
The water is not clear it's kinda foggy, almost purple in tint which are two horrible colors (yellow goo and purple water) I really want white goo with either crystal clear water or aqua blue. Then I will place it on a short subwoofer next to my bed...eventually get a stainless extension for the bottom so you can make a Grande taller for use on the floor.
Any way to date it? Any idea when they started making the Grande?
Yeah cloudy purple is lame, I'm not a fan of purple. Would a re-goo kit need to be dyed white or will it be white-white as is uncolored?
Anyone tried adding LED lights in the UV spectrum to get a black-light effect in the globe??
Can it be made whiter by adding white dye so it does not fade over time to an off white?
I realize LEDs do not generate heat I was talking about adding them, and actually the right intensity UV leds aimed correctly would be more efficient then a tube laying outside the globe.
What do you mean by white dye? You might be able to keep the appearance whiter by adding UV blue dye (this is more or less what's used as a whitener in paper, clothes, etc., and is why white things often glow blue under a blacklight), but I've never tried it with a goo kit.
Like some sort of white food coloring or something?
Odd I wonder how thin the UV blue water can be made, like more of an UV teal would be preferred.
I don't like open black lights they mess with my eyes I just like the effects they give off with UV colors.
The UV blue dye actually looks completely white (you can see pictures on the Goo Kits website), and you would be thinning it by choosing how much to add to the wax anyway. The dye would make the wax blue under a blacklight, but otherwise wouldn't have any effect except to possibly make it appear whiter.
Wax is naturally slightly yellow (just like wood), and tends to get somewhat more yellow with use. The UV blue dye will absorb some of the ambient UV light and emit blue light that compensates for the wax's natural color.
I recommend reading through one of the threads on Goo Kits here.
Okay so I will get just the regular non-dyed wax kit, I like the sounds of the UV water how it changes. Your saying with no UV light the clear water will make the WAX appear whiter when the liquid is clear?
I wonder if I can add just a "little" UV dye to the water or dilute it so that when the UV light is applied the water only turns a little blue like a UV teal??
Their website does not have many pictures, but my thought is with the UV LEDs I can have them pulsate so that the water changes from clear to light blue while the lava stays consistently white and flowing.