Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

Carlisle hotter than a half fawked fox in a forest fire?!

This Carlisle is all original, has lazy lava, the correct 40 watt high intensity bulb, the globe does not touch the bulb, and the entire thing is so damned hot it could blister skin. Has anyone else experienced this? Will it explode and rain down shards of glass and molten lava?

I'm kinda skeered of it!

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Maybe try a normal 40w bulb, maybe a frosted one for less heat.  That said, an icon I've owned ran wowwie kazowie hot but seemed to like it.  My Midnight runs hot too, but my old Century only gets warm to the touch.

How much have you ran it? Has it been dormant for a long period of time? I got a carlisle that looked like it had not run in YEARS, at first it was lazy but as it is run regularly then it starts being more social. My carlisle is on a dimmer now.

These Carlisle lamps call for this specific bulb. I realize it's supposed to get hot, but I don't recall EVER owning a lamp that felt this hot from top to bottom - not even a previous Carlisle. I honestly think it would damage the finish on a wood surface over time, and will probably put it on a trivet or some other such thing. It's also obnoxiously slow which bugs me a bit. I loved my previous red/clear Carlisle, and wish I hadn't sold it ten years ago.  

Oh I just got this one. It's from '75 and I have a feeling it was enjoyed quite often over the years. I don't know much about it's history. I suppose time will tell with the laziness.

Josiah said:

How much have you ran it? Has it been dormant for a long period of time? I got a carlisle that looked like it had not run in YEARS, at first it was lazy but as it is run regularly then it starts being more social. My carlisle is on a dimmer now.

Yeah, it'll probably stop being lazy, can't say much about the heat though, mine is not that hot.

 Carlisle's will run hotter, its nothing to worry about. Your bottle looks like its running fine with no signs of overheating. The lazy wax will get better with more runs. The bottle will not explode with a 40 watt bulb no matter how hot it feels.

Sometimes a 40W bulb can lose power without blowing out. If your lava stays sluggish over time, I suggest replacing the bulb with a new 40W. If you go with a weaker bulb then your lava will slow even more or not flow at all. Every lamp runs slightly different, your lamp may just be normally hot. But slow lava means an adjustment of some kind is needed. Your liquid appears to be foggy too, but using it constantly every day for a week or so might clear it up.

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