Two common types of problem with lava lamps are opacity of the liquid and lack of “lava” flow. The first arises from being pushed out of the lava wax since it is quite fragile. This last problem can occur because the heating in the lower part of the bottle is insufficient or excessive. Other explanations can be whether the lamp liquid is bad density, or the wax has too much surface tension.
- Turn off the lamp for two hours to allow the wax to cool.
- 2Turn on the lamp again after the particles have fallen out of the water.
- 3Go back to as soon as you see the beginning of water to the cloud again
- 4Cycle through, turning on the lamp off and on again for several days, at least six times. If the problem persists, continue with the next step.
- 5Run the lamp for 10 hours straight, with the idea that the lava does not get hot enough. If the problem continues later, you will have to replace the liquid.
- Determine if the lava is flat or is on the bottom of the dome-shaped lamp. In the first case, then the lava is likely to get hot enough. In this last case, then the lava has overheated.
- Change the bulb, if the lava has heated sufficiently. If the original bulb was working, put in a bulb with a higher power output. If it was not working, replace it with a bulb of the same power.
- Turn off the lamp for a prolonged period, if the lava seems to be overheated. Also, check the environment. The lamp should not be sitting on a heated item, such as a television or radiator. The ambient temperature should be around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Run the lamp for four hours, and then remove the bottle from the holder and place it on a flat surface. Use kitchen gloves, as it will be hot.
- Turn the bottle slowly for one minute, to cause friction between the lava and the coil underneath.
- Return the bottle to your stand and turn on the lamp for one hour. The lava must flow properly.
Tips and warnings
- Do not put in a new bulb that exceeds the manufacturer’s instructions.