How Do I Fix My Lava Lamp When the Lava Doesn't Flow?

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Warning

Use pot holders when handling a hot lamp. Do not shake or invert the globe. Doing so will ruin the lamp and void your warranty.

Lava lamps can be fun and fascinating to watch. Your lava lamp's flow may not be as lively as that of another lava lamp, but that does not necessarily make it defective or in need of repair. Check the operation instructions that came with your lava lamp before taking corrective measures to alter a lamp that has slow or zero flow.

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Step 1

Leave a new lava lamp in continual operation for at least four hours. This will allow the colored lava to become completely molten and its coil to drop to the bottom of the globe, where it needs to be to keep the lava flowing.

Step 2

Twirl the globe gently in its base. This will allow a stuck coil to drop to its proper place.

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Step 3

Place your lamp on a flat surface in an area that is neither too hot nor too cold. Lava lamps work best at temperatures between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 4

Replace the bulb if you have had your lava lamp for some time and other measures do not correct your lava flow problem. Check your owner's manual to ensure the correct bulb type and size is installed in your lamp.

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Step 5

Allow your lamp to rest between uses. No lamp should be operated for more than 10 hours at a time. A four-hour rest period allows the lamp to cool and the lava to harden before its next use.

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Kevin Ann Reinhart

Kevin Ann Reinhart, a retired teacher-librarian, has written professionally since 1976. Reinhart first published in "Writers' Undercover" Cambridge Writers Collective II. She has a bachelor's degree in English and religious studies from the University of Waterloo and a librarian specialist certificate from Queen's University and the University of Toronto.