Your Lava brand motion lamp has polarized plug (one plug is wider
than the other). As a safety feature, this plug will only fit in a
polarized outlet one way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet,
reverse the plug. Never use with an extension cord unless the plug
Your lamp operates at a very warm temperature. The glass globe
and base will become HOT. Do not handle while in operation.
Do Not loosen or remove cap on globe. This will void your warranty.
Don’t move or shake your lamp while the blobs are warm. This will
cause your lamp to become cloudy and permanently malfunction.
Operation or storage of a lamp in direct sunlight will cause colors
to fade.
Each Lava brand motion lamp has it’s own personality. No two
lamps will function exactly the same way.
Never operate your lamp for more than 10 hours at a time. This
will insure proper operation and long globe life.
Keep the lamp at room temperature. The lamps work best between
70-74 degrees.
Keep out of children’s reach.
Initial warm up takes 5-6 hours. Full lava flow is achieved after
the lamp has been used 5-6 times.
Your lava liquid may appear cloudy at first. This will clear up with
continued use.
Be Kind to your lamp.
Lava Lamp warm up
During initial warm-up of your Lava brand motion lamp, the coil in
the globe may tend to stand on end or float to the top of the
globe. If this happens, keep your lamp operating for 4 hours or
more to allow the lava material to become completely molten. The
coil should then automatically drop to its correct position at the
bottom of the globe. If the coil does not drop down, twirl the globe
gently in the base and the coil will drop.
Lava lamp flow
Keep in mind that this chart is based on the fact that you have
allowed your lamp sufficient time for initial warm-up.
Cloudiness is very common with new lamps, especially the smaller
sizes and the lamps with clear liquids. Cloudiness is caused when
small particles of wax soften and break off and remain suspended
in the solution. This will clear up with continued use.  Here is what
Lava World recommends:
Turn the lamp on only long enough for the wax to mound up and
glow. Don’t allow it to send up the tentacles or allow blobs to form.
Here are the suggested heat up times:
Grandes and 52 oz lamps 1 hour
32 and 20 ounce lamps 30 minutes
8 ounce lamps 15 minutes
Keep in mind, these times are for a brand new, never used lamp.
If the lamp has been used and the globe has been heated, the
times will be considerable less.
Once it has run for this short period, totally shut it off. Allow it to
totally cool. What you are trying to achieve is to heat the liquid,
not the wax. Since cold wax is denser than the hot liquid, the wax
droplets that are suspended will eventually drop out of the
solution. Slowly. It won’t happen overnight. If the warm up cycle
runs too long and you have lava movement, shut it down, cool it
completely and start over tomorrow.
Every lava lamp is different and has it’s own personality. They are
like a fine wine, they get better with age. The times given are just
general. Your lamp may take more or less time.
It may take 1-3 weeks for the lamp to clear up. Below are pictures
of a lamp we had shipped to us from Florida in July. The cloudiness
does clear up. The first picture is of the globe when the globe first
arrived and the second picture shows the globe 3 weeks later.
Cloudy Lava Lamp
Clear Lava Lamp
Lava Lamp
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