Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate


Model name:   Imperial 

Model number: 500 

Made by:   Lava Corporation

Years made:  1966 - 1968

Rarity (scale of 1-10, 10 being hyper-rare):  10

Price (at time of sale):   $129.50

Bulb used: 150 watt FL-R-40 flood


Color combos available (lava/liquid):

  • Red / Clear
  • Red / Yellow
  • Champagne Mist
  • Green / Blue


This incredible model stood an impressive 46 3/4" tall. The globe was a cylinder, the cap a short cylinder with a shallow pointed top and an indented groove at the outer edge. The base was a short cylinder on a cone, narrower at the bottom. The cord was attached at the bottom of the cone. This base sat in a 15" round American Walnut table, with three round, tapered walnut legs splayed outward at a slight angle, each having a brass-tone metal tip with a swivel glider. Early catalogs say it had white enameled metal; all models so far discovered have a satin gold finish. Some Imperials, but not all, had a tiny pinhole in the tip of the cap, and a few had three holes for venting purposes placed on the base cone, immediately beneath the table ring. It used a 150 watt FL-R-40 flood bulb.

Only 4 or 5 have ever been seen and all are owned by members on this site. Imperials use a modified formula. Their liquid density is close to water, which means that the liquid can be replaced with water and very little additives to get it to flow.


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Picture courtesy of FogRider. 

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