My new LL is quite lovely and flows nicely. It's so nice I hardly ever turn it off. I noticed that after about 2 weeks of solid successful 'action', the wax returns to the bottom of the globe in a mound. Questions: Is it harmful to not turn off a LL? Is this serious? I've seen the word 'cycle' used a lot. What is cycling and why/when should it be done? Thanks to you all for you LL wisdom:)
Unless something's changes, the instructions suggest not running the lamp for more than 8 hours at a time. Two things happen over time:
Personally, I find half the fun of a lava lamp is watching it heat up. Unless you're home 24/7, just turn it off when you're out and you should be good. You may also find a dimmer helpful if the lamp overheats too quickly, though it doesn't sound like that's the case.
What Alfred said, but also, repeatedly running a lamp to overheating stage or letting it run hot for a long time can "kill" the wax. Hopefully that hasn't happened. Recommended run time is 6 to 8 hours or until too hot. Then let the lamp completely cool before running again.
Hope you did not burn your wax.
Could be that the wax is definitely burnt. The lamp will not do its thing for more than just a few (3?) hours. After a short time, the wax just collapses in to a mound of disappointment.
How to fix?