Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

The lava lamp is made by Pliable arts model no. 501 and the glitter lamp is model kl-289. can anyone give me information of them and when they were made and despite what people say these two look great though they were both made in china. the glitter lamp i got for free and the lava lamp i just bought for five dollars yesterday. any information will be nice thanks

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yeah, those could have been made really any time, but lava lamps were not really a popular enough item to really start producing till the 90's so that would be the earliest i would say your lamps would have been produced.  There are very few examples of lamps other than Mathmos/Crestworth and Lava Lite from before the 90's.

These aren't nearly that old.Before the 1990s, lava lamps were produced by Lava Lite and Crestworth, knock-offs were made in the 1960s by Heat Tapes (USA - Lava sued them) and Hunter (UK - I think Crestworth sued them, too!) and more were made in France and Russian. But not Asia.

The first Asian import liquid motion lamps were glitters like the YAPS and TLC Hollywood lamps in the 1980s. Asian import lava didn't appear until the mid-1990s when Lyon Design sold imported models: first to appear were black cylinders with a bullet-shaped cap and red, blue or purple wax in clear liquid (with a matching transparent plastic bullet tip) followed by the much-remembered gas pump lamps (some branded Texaco or with "peace, "groovy" and "flower power" on them), all with plastic bases and caps.

The shape of the lamps you've got used to be known loosely by some collectors as a "peace lamp" since that was the name on the box of some of the earliest ones. This shape first showed up in the very late 1990s, and since then it's been produced by countless Chinese manufacturers in multiple sizes, mostly in brushed silver or matte black (though some chrome and metallic colors exist) and in both lava and glitter versions. No lamps of this shape predate the late 90s. The glitter ones are always okay, but many of the lava ones have poor flow, producing nothing but spheres.

Attached: Peace Lamp box.


I am guessing i should use a goo kit on mine then because the goo has engulfed the heating coil but how do you take tha caps off

As far as I've seen, unfortunately, there's no good way to get the top off if you want to get it capped again. These things were made cheaply. When I use the glitter for refills, I punch through the top with a hammer and awl or icepick, then widen it with a screwdriver and pitch the empty globe in the glass recycling.

Might be cheaply made but they both run really well the flow is nice

Good! If so, I'd say keep them as-is.

yeah i am going to

Hi Samantha -- how is the clarity on your Lyon lamp?   I have one on ebay (should I bother posting it here?  Would anyone have any interest?)  I've heated it up right now and the liquid is cloudy.  Newbie question:  what exactly do you mean by quality of lava flow?  I'm seeing spheres but I'm also seeing some stretchy "goo" so except for the cloudiness which is a detractor compared to lamps with nice clear liquid, I don't think mine is that bad.  I do notice that the wire connection at the base is shaky.

I don't have that one but try to sell on here first

ok thanks :)  enjoy your new additions!

Nice to see that Lyon lamp with the colored plastic top. That was the absolute first Oriental-import lava lamp on the US market, c. early 1990s. Lyon then made the gas pump lava lamps, some later branded as Texaco or covered with peace/love/flowers decals.


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