Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

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:

 

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I think it looks good...flow is way better than it ever was with the yellow/blue. When are you going to start on the 2nd one? soon i hope?

Jeff do you want my globe? I was not sure what you wanted to do, I have not tried with the broken practice top yet but will try that this weekend. 

Regarding the quality of the company it took several calls before I was able to speak to someone, the guy was in a meeting then busy...only a clueless secretary on the phone. 

Perhaps they'll be more professional on the phone than they were in their email reply to my complaint about black and iridescent particles in my quart of goo.  They did send another, but the flippant remarks, lack of apology and complete neglect to ever thank me at all-haven't had me rush back for more, for sure.  Good luck with your attempts-

Yeah i forgot to mention, when you call ask for Kim. Hes the one that knows about this stuff, the ladies that pick up the phone are usually clueless when it comes to the goo related issues.

PinkFloyd Effect said:

Jeff do you want my globe? I was not sure what you wanted to do, I have not tried with the broken practice top yet but will try that this weekend. 

Regarding the quality of the company it took several calls before I was able to speak to someone, the guy was in a meeting then busy...only a clueless secretary on the phone. 

Are you still going to gookit the other globe? 

I dont see why he wouldnt, wasnt that the plan?

Jeff said:

Are you still going to gookit the other globe? 

No they were not professional on the phone haha there was also black dust stuff on the funnels. 

Yes even though it works great, I mean, I owe you man, whatever you want. 

Are you gonna keep that globe white or are you gonna dye the wax? If you go with UV you can probably use a 75w UV reflector with the MT goo

Keeping it clear and white. 

Ohh okay, no UV?

No 

Thank you so much for all your advice !! I read this and I panicked hard ! Today i have removed 2 of these caps successfully and put one back on as i didnt damage it and could reuse it !. It just takes patience and LISTEN TO THE ADVICE GIVEN  ! lol

Rodrigo said:

If you could get it cut smooth it would be really nice, especially if the plug still fits. The cap should cover it all.

And Joanne don't let this discourage you!! It's not too hard you just have to be very careful and never tap the screwdriver, just get something as thin as possible to start to undo the metal lip, once you get under it once it's very simple from then on.

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