Hi Folks -
In a fit of lava induced euphoria I ordered my first Mathmos Astro and now need to figure out how I am going to get it flowing once it arrives....
Seems that there are two camps here - (1) Power Converter and (2) Light Bulbs.
Some posters indicate that a simple plug converter and 130V bulb is sufficient - no need for a converter or re-wiring...
Others swear by the upconverter....
Thoughts, feedback, warnings - all very much appreciated!
if you go with a 120V lamp, you stil have to change the plug
Power converter is easier and it keeps the lamp original
You can find them cheaper than $25 on eBay
Made the mistake of changing one over and regret it
Not sure about the bulb you have listed but socket height to lamp will differ with USA sockets
Also, unless you plan on NEVER buying another Mathmos lamp, a conversion makes absoluty no sense.
It takes a ridicilous amount of time to convert and devalues the lamp
Due to a growing collection, I now have a large 2000watt 220V/110V converter and UK power strips to plug them all into,
I still keep a few small transformers for lamps that do not sit where the main MM display is located
I use this one with a U.K. power strip. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MWAKVU/ref=oh_aui_search_deta... Works well and is less than the ones on eBay.
Claude and Kelly - thanks, always appreciate input from those of you that are further up the hill than I am.
Ordered the Violet/Red Astro with the silver base.
I have so many vintage Lava Lite Lamps that only work so-so...... gonna sell of the ones that aren't awesome and sink the money into Mathmos. Next up on my list will be a Neo (or two).
I'm resurrecting this thread because I found a very suitable replacement for the original JDR halogen bulb called for by Mathmos. These bulbs simply do not exist in the US — JDR is already odd, and E14 is even weirder. And buying them is tough unless you like paying out the nose for shipping and convincing a UK / EU vendor to ship a small quantity to you in the first place.