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Mathmos Neo Lava Lamp 

Lava Lamps were all the rage about two generations ago, this is a very similar thing in that there is a coloured liquid in the container and towards the base what looks like a layer of sparkly stuff which slowly turns into small craters and then it starts to rise.

Mathmos Neo Lava Lamp
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The lamp itself can either come in chrome or brass finish mine was the former and the container has very dark blue liquid.

Assembly requires an Allen Key (provided) and the container fits into the chrome skeleton and the one fitting holds the skeleton to the container. Just be careful when assembling that the top fits inside the bottom or the two will not be joined.

A short 50cm electrical lead is hard wired into the base of the lamp. This then joins the main 1.5metre lead by a push in link, this ends at a multi country DC brick adapter that fits into a wall socket. Note this will not fit into a skirting board socket as the adapter part is below the plug so if your plugs are of the skirting board type you will need a gang socket to use it. Just further on from the 50cm link is a rocker switch to turn the unit on/off.

For around the first hour of use you just have the white light in the lamps base turning the blue liquid red as it starts to heat.

After this stalagmites start to grow until they almost fill the container and only then - around two hours after switch on – do they start to become the melted blobs of matter that used to frequent the Lather Lamp.

It can be quite relaxing to watch the slow transformation as you think through the day past or maybe the day to come. Put some of your favourite relaxing sounds and you could even – dare I say the word – relax.

Tiny 5p sized blobs start to float up to the top after maybe 90 minutes or so soon to drop back into the mass but slowly they become larger and start to form bigger blobs.

The base is a 13cm chrome ring with two screw holes and if you have young children it might be wise to screw it down.

There is an A5 booklet with blue type on a white background the first four pages are in English and cover the putting together of the parts and or course have warnings about using the unit for long periods. I found it never got more than gentle warmth from the base part – where the lamp is – and even less on the container where the magic happens.

I seem to remember that some of the original Lava Lamps were unsafe as they were built to a price this seems to be a far more robust product and looks – dare I say a word I use rarely – stylish even when turned off.

Their site says ‘Made in Britain since 1963’. There are I think ten different model of lamp shown on their site.

The Neo Lamp is available directly from Mathmos £68. Other colours are available.

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