Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

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Comment by Carol on December 30, 2014 at 2:41pm

Jus, your lamp turned out awesome!!!  I just had an almost hour discussion with Kim from Magma Tower.  Seems like a lot of my goo kits have been getting a "fog" on the inside of the globe after a few months of running.  Not running non stop either.  I run my 52 oz kits minimum 8 hours.  Anyway, through my conversation we were able to narrow it down to an overheating problem.  Seems that Kim thinks that strange "fog" on the inside of the globe is the oils in the way coming out and sticking to the inside of the globe.  He said when the goo get super hot from the liquid it softens up to the extent that it gets runny, wet and sticky which promotes it to stick to the glass.  He associated this with the fact that I have them on 60 watt bulbs with a dimmer, but I start up and leave my dimmer at full blast.  He said if the ambient temp in the room is already warm, and the water is getting to the extent that it is well over the minimum of 130 degrees, then that could cause problems.  I am going to get a liquid thermometer when I get paid and see what I am running at.  I took down all 3 lamps today (my day off).  I did one last night.  Cleaned it out really well and even let it soak in vinegar for a couple of hours.  They say that is an awesome glass cleaner.  I did my neon green lamp last night as an experiment.  It is now crystal clear.  I started it up at 1/2 power on the dimmer and when it got warm but not quite warm enough to flow I gave it a little boost but only about a tad less then 3/4 of the dimmer.  So far it looks clear this am.  We shall see.  Magma will be sending me some supplies free of charge for my trouble.  Great company.  Had a very nice chat with them!!!!!

 

P.S.  Kim said that if you want an opaque goo run at 120.  For a clearer wax run at 130, but not above 130.  He also said those aluminum bases aren't very energy efficient as they take the heat away from the globe.  Makes sense.  That is why a lot of people cannot achieve flow on a 40 watter with a goo kit.  I asked him that question also. 

Comment by Jus on December 28, 2014 at 3:49pm

Thanks, Brad!  

Comment by Brad on December 28, 2014 at 1:23pm

that is perfect.  a nice mixture of columns and stretchy wax.  i wish my goo kits looked like that when i had them.  nice job.

Comment by Jus on December 28, 2014 at 11:01am

Thanks!  And keep trying...that's exactly where I found mine.  Good luck!

Comment by Cowmatian on December 28, 2014 at 9:48am
That looks great! I search craigslist regularly looking for a grande to gookit. This video makes me want to kit one even more!
Comment by Jus on December 25, 2014 at 1:36pm

Thanks, Critter!  I will be sure to report back any changes I see with time.  My time is likely faster than most folks here, cuz I never turn my lamps off, ever...

Comment by Critter on December 25, 2014 at 10:39am
Jus....just excellent flow. I hope it stays as such for you.

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