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    What’s inside lava lamps, and how do they work?

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    Lava lamps were all the rage in the 1960s — the perfect time to debut something that created such a trippy-looking scene.

    In fact, the liquid motion lamp’s inventor, , reportedly once said, “If you鸿运彩票手机app buy my lamp, you鸿运彩票手机app won’t need to buy drugs.”
    “Light of a million moving shapes…”

    The concept behind is pretty simple: Take two materials that don’t mix, and put them together. In this case, it’s basically wax and water.

    When the wax is heated by the lightbulb in the bottom of the lamp, it goes from being denser than the water — thus sinking to the bottom — to becoming the lighter of the two materials, thereby starting to float.

    When the wax reaches the top of the light (the point furthest from the heat source), it cools — and so becomes heavier again and sinks.

    The whole heating and cooling then repeats over and over, in all its . Like, far out!

    Lava lamp with multicolored light

    What makes lava lamps flow?

    As we mentioned, there are two components in the lava lamp: a wax compound and a liquid compound.

    The wax — the “lava” — is said to be a blend of paraffin and perchloroethylene (PERC, aka dry cleaning fluid or brake part cleaner).

    The liquid part is a mixture of distilled water, pure salt, antifreeze (ethylene glycol) and a coloring agent.



    The two different blends are then are sealed inside a heat-resistant glass container, which is then placed upon the heat/light source (usually a 40-watt light bulb).

    The exact ratios of all the components in both the water and wax elements need to be carefully calibrated to align their specific gravities to make the lava lamp work as expected (and to not have the wax break up into little blobs or just hang in place).

    Although the specifics are considered a trade secret, the guys formerly at OozingGoo did a pretty good job of figuring it out. In fact, if you鸿运彩票手机app have the patience, the materials and the equipment, .

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    Three old lava lamps

    The lava lamp backstory

    The lava lamp — under the name Lava Lite — was introduced to the US in 1965. While the initial marketing didn’t play up the groovy angle, it wasn’t long before the light with the colorful, undulating glow caught on with the you鸿运彩票手机appnger generation.

    By 1967, the that included lines like “like wild — way out!” and “Eerie, ghostly color plus scintillating, sinuous motion… ever-changing — ever-different — never predictable.”

    Lava lamp with pink wax on a dark background
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    Lava lamp notes

    As you鸿运彩票手机app can probably tell from the ingredients, the components of a lava lamp — whether self-made or — are quite toxic. So we’ll come right out and say it: .

    If you鸿运彩票手机app want to try making a basic, non-toxic variant of a lava lamp using materials you鸿运彩票手机app probably have at 鸿运彩票手机app, . And if you鸿运彩票手机app’re looking to go the really simple route, you鸿运彩票手机app can just download any one of several lava lamp apps for you鸿运彩票手机appr smartphone.


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