So I am aware of the situation with Lava Brand lights and the quality control issues. I thought I would just add my recent experiences. So I picked up a 52oz clear/red from Fry's electronics a few weeks back. Initially I was shocked by the clarity and the lava. It looked great the first couple times thick opaque lava that would “join up” with other lava well. After
just a few days the lamp stopped working and with a little poking
around it turned out to be a coil problem. The lava had separated
from the coil.
I tried slowly spinning it to re-catch but it was done.
So I returned it and tried a Spencer's Gifts in the mall. I ask the clerk what their policy was on lava lamp returns and she said 30 days. She mentioned they had trouble with cloudy globes about a year ago but since then everything has been fine. I gave it a shot and low and behold this one is even clearer and still working (knocks on wood). I did notice the
packaging was slightly different and the coils are different even for
the same 52oz lamp and same clear/red color.
They were both in the cylinder boxes, but the Spencer's lamp had different numbers on cap:
The previous lamp I returned had only one string of numbers on it I believe, can't remember the numbers I think just a date. The packaging design as I mentioned was slightly different it had “Lampara Movimiento” on the side and a weird blurring/shadow of the lamp in motion. Still says on the box “Made in China”. Just curious really does anyone make anything of this.
I definitely think this lamp is working much much better than the
previous one and I can't explain it.