Astro Baby lava lamp
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Astro Baby lava lamp

Manufactured in Britian since it was designed by the inventor of lava lamps and founder of Mathmos, Edward Craven-Walker, the year after the astro in 1964. This thinner, sleeker alternative to the astro has highly polished metal parts in silver and a choice of lava colour combinaitons all in Mathmos' unique lava lamp formula. Replacement parts, including bespoke bulbs, are available from Mathmos on an ongoing basis.

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Invented by Mathmos in 1963

Made in Britain

Mathmos makes the astro baby lava lamp in Britain; our lamps are made to the very highest quality and safety standards.


Spare parts

Replacement parts including bottles and bulbs are a available for the astro baby for lamps made in the 1960s right through to the present day.


Gold Star Service

Mathmos is a Gold Star Trusted Merchant online; visit Feefoo to see reviews of our products and service.


Unique Lava Formula

Mathmos unique lava lamp formula has brighter, clearer liquids, lasts longer than other lava lamps.


Highest Quality

We use only the highest grade aluminium and polish it to a high shine. Long lasting halogen bulbs made specifically for use with Mathmos lava lamps direct light and heat into the lava and away from the base.


Stylish Packaging

Well designed gift packaging ensures your lamp arrives in perfect condition and is appreciated from the moment it is seen.


Invented by our founder

Astro baby is the second lava lamp designed in 1964 by the inventor of lava lamps and the founder of Mathmos Edward Craven Walker.


Made in Poole since 1964

It has been made in Poole, Dorset, England for over 50 years and exported around the world.


Astrobaby in the 60's and 70's

Millions of astro baby lava lamps appeared in up to the moment homes of the time. Seen here in Bowie's studio.


Astrobaby in the 90's

Updated in the 1990s astro baby is seen here shot by Rankin for Dazed and Confused magazine.


Astrobaby now..

Is a pop design classic that looks as fresh and fun as it did 50 years ago.

Weight: 2kg
Product size: height 430mm
Light: 240V Max 30W E14 Spot bulb or 240V Max 28W mini GU10 Halogen Spot bulb. Please check your lamp base before ordering a replacement. This bulb is primarily used as a heat source. For Mathmos lava lamps only. Not for household room illumination.
Power: Mains power
Materials: Polished aluminium base and cap - Glass Bottle - Mathmos lava formula
 
Mathmos astro lava lamp children advice

ATTENTION:

Lava lamps are not toys. Please position them well out of reach of children under 14 years old.


This luminaire is compatible with bulbs of the energy classes: D,E
The luminaire is sold with a bulb of the energy class: E (30W)

Mathmos lava lamp instructions

Position

Choose a position for your lamp on a level surface in a room with a temperature between 20 and 24°C or (69 to 75°F).

Place the lamp well away from;

  • children under 14 years – to prevent breakage
  • sunlight – to prevent fading
  • drafts – to prevent slow operation
  • cold places – to prevent freezing
  • hot places – to prevent overheating
  • animals – to prevent breakage
  • do not place on carpets or block the ventilation spaces beneath the lamp.

 

Set Up & Warm Up

Put the bottle on the base with the screw cap at the top. If it is not sitting straight please rotate a little. Then plug it in and turn it on. NB. It is normal for the glass to have small air bubbles and moulding scars.

Make sure the lamp is kept away from direct sunlight to prevent the colour from fading.  Warm up takes between 1 and 3 hours depending on the size of the model and the surrounding temperature. Stalagmite shapes may form during the warm up process, these will then melt and the lava will begin to flow.  Please note the heating time will decrease after several uses.

Operation

Your Mathmos lava lamp will operate best after it has been used four or five times. For the first few times you may see small air bubbles in the lava.

Please do not leave your lava lamp on for more than six hours a day or allow it to overheat; this will prolong the life of your lamp. Overheating is occurring when there is either one large bubble or very many small ones.

Never move or shake the lamp when it is in use or still warm as this causes irreparable clouding. Please note it is normal for the base to become very hot.

Replacements

When your lava lamp has ended its life it will begin to go cloudy, the colours may fade and it will not move as well as it once did. This will happen after approximately 2000 hours of operation. You can then buy a new bottle at www.mathmos.com in the current colours available. Please note we do not refill bottles. Please on no account open the bottle or add liquids.

If the bulb blows please replace it with one of the same type and wattage. Only fit the correct bulb, as stated on the label in the base. Bulbs can be bought at www.mathmos.com as can many replacement parts.

Safety

This lamp has passed the relevant safety standards and carries the statutory guarantee of the country of purchase. The liquid in the lamps is not dangerous and can be disposed of normally (for details, see our online FAQ's). Never use a lamp if the bottle has been dropped as this will create weakness in the glass, obtain a replacement bottle and dispose of the old one. Do not leave the lamp unattended with small children. If the liquid is swallowed by mistake drink plenty of water. If it is spilt onto the skin or had contact with the eyes pour on cold water. If any symptoms appear please visit a doctor.

If you have further questions about your lava lamp please visit http://www.mathmos.com/lava_lamp_FAQ.html


  1. Q. Can I buy replacement parts for my lava lamp?
    A. Yes Mathmos lava lamps are designed to last please buy replacement parts here.
  2. Q. My lava lamp is faulty what can I do?
    A. Firstly read through these FAQs to see if your question has been answered. If not we offer a one year warranty on all our products.  If your lamp was purchased less than a year ago, please contact our customer service team who will be happy to assist. Please read our Faulty Product Returns Advice.
  3. Q. Why is my lava lamp cloudy?
    A. Lava lamps become cloudy for two reasons; either they have been shaken or moved whilst hot or they have reached the end of their life (2000 hours). You can purchase a replacement bottle for your lava lamp here.

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  4. Q. Why does my lava lamp have specs and bubbles in the glass?
    A. Mathmos lava lamp bottles are manufactured in one of the highest quality automated bottling factories in Britian. Even so small bubbles are a normal part of this manufacturing process, it is not a fault.

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  5. Q. What are the differences in quality between a Mathmos lava lamp and others?
    A. A different lava formulation giving better lava flow, longer life, clearer liquids and more vivid colours. The metal parts are of a thicker, higher grade metal allowing us to hand polish them to a high shine. Our bulbs are directional taking the heat away from the base and directing the light into the lava. We have a higher standard of safety and build quality audited by a number of different bodies. We provide a comprehensive range of spare parts unlike other throw away products. We have 50 years of British manufacturing excellence to draw on.
  6. Q. How long should it take for my lava lamp to warm up?
    A. Lava lamps should start working within an hour to an hour and a half of turning them on. First they will form stalagmite shapes, then they will start to form lava lamp shapes.

    If you lava lamp does not warm up in this time it may be positioned in the wrong place or the room may be too cold. Lava lamps should be positioned away from drafts and air conditioning. The room should be at least 20 degrees centigrade.

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  7. Q. My lava lamp just has one large bubble sitting at the top of the bottle that does not move?
    A. The lava lamp is overheated. It could have been on too long (more than 8 hours), so please turn it off and allow it too cool. Or it is positioned in a room that is too hot (more than 24 degrees) or next to a heater. Please reposition your lamp.

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  8. Q. How should I dispose of my lava lamp bottle when it reaches the end of its life?
    A. Please make a hole in the metal cap with a sharp point, then pour away the liquid. The bottle may then be recycled through your local recycling centre.

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  9. Q. Can I buy new liquids for my lava lamp?
    A. Lava lamp bottles are a sealed unit and so we do not sell the liquids separately, but you can buy a new bottle and contents for Mathmos lava lamps here.

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  10. Q. Can I buy a new cap for my lava lamp bottle?
    A. Lava lamp bottles are a sealed unit and so we do not sell the cap separately, but you can buy a new bottle and contents here.

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  11. Q. Why is my lava lamp bottle not sitting straight in the base?
    A. Lava lamp bottles do vary minutely as part of the manufacturing process. Turn your bottle round so that it finds a good fit with the base.

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  12. Q. How long do lava lamp bottles last?
    A. Mathmos Lava lamp bottles last for approximately 2000 hours of use. After this you can buy a replacement bottle here.

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  13. Q. Where can I buy replacement bulbs for my Mathmos lava lamp?
    A. Mathmos have large stocks of replacement bulbs for our lava lamps available here.

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  14. Q. Why don't you do replacement bottles in the colour I want?
    A. Mathmos have made a huge number of colourways over our long history, it is not possible to keep all the colours in stock. Please choose from the current range.

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  15. Q. Do you offer custom refills?
    A. We do this once a year for some bottles, please contact our customer service team for the proceedure. Please note this is an expensive process best suited to collectors.

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  16. Q. Why has my lava lamp made strange stalagmite shapes?
    A. This is a normal part of the warming up process. Please leave it on longer and then it will start to form moving lava shapes.

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  17. Q. My lava lamp is not lighting up?
    A. Please check that your bulb is working. You may buy a new bulb here. Alternatively, please check the integrity of the fuse in the plug.

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  18. Q. Can I buy Mathmos lava lamps for delivery to the USA and Canada?
    A. Not at the moment.

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  19. Q. Why can I see bubbles in the lava?
    A. Small bubbles in the lava are normal particularly when you first receive the lamp. As you use this over time the bubbles will reduce.
  20. Q. Why has the liquid in my bottle gone clear?
    A. Over time the dye in the lava liquid will fade, particularly if it is positioned in direct sunlight. If you lamp was bought within the last year and the instructions were followed please contact our customer service team. If your lamp was bought over a year ago you can buy a new bottle here.

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  21. Q. The liquid level of my lamp is too low. Can I top it up?
    A. No Mathmos lava lamp bottles are sealed units. Do not attempt to take off the cap and on no account top up the liquid. The heat from a lava lamp causes the water to expand and topping up the liquid could cause the lamp to be overfilled and put pressure on the glass as the liquids expand. If you are not happy with your bottle buy a new one here.

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  22. Q. Why is there wax sticking to the side of the bottle?
    A. If you use the lamp a few times this was should stick to the rest. If this does not happen and your lamp was bought less than a year ago please contact us here. If you lamp is over a year old please buy a replacement bottle here.

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  23. Q. Do you offer any colours in addition to what is shown on your website?
    A. No however we do constatnly add new colours so sign up to our mailing list to be notified of new colours as they are released.

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  24. Q. Why can I see a metal spring coil floating in my lava lamp bottle?
    A. The metal spring is an essential component of a lava lamp bottle. However it should be sitting at the bottom of the bottle. Run the lamp for several hours and hopefully the spring will settle in its right place.

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  25. Q. Why can I see a foreign object in my new lava lamp bottle?
    A. There should not be anything other than lava and liquid in the bottle, please contact customer services here.

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  26. Q. How old is my Lava Lamp?
    A. There have been many small changes in the manufacture of Mathmos lava lamps over our long period of production. Dating lava lamps is not something we can do for you. You might want to visit one of the specialist sites such as www.flowoflava.com to begin this process.
  27. Q. How can I clean my lava lamp?
    A. The bottle should be cleaned with glass cleaner and a cloth. The base and cap is aluminium so please use recomended products. If in doubt just use a soft cloth.

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  28. Q. My lava lamp broke on the floor. How do I clean it?
    A. Dispose of us much liquid and lava as you can remove from the floor. Then use recommended cleaning methods for removing coloured water and wax for whatever fooor you have.

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  29. Q. Can I buy Bayonet fitting bulbs for my 1960s lamp?
    A. Not from us I'm afraid we suggest you look online.

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  30. Q. The replacement bottle I ordered doesn't fit my lamp. Can I change it?
    A. Yes please contact customer services here.

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  31. Q. Can I buy new liquid and wax?
    A. No please buy a complete new bottle here.

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  32. Q. Can I buy a glitter bottle?
    A. Glitter bottles are not currently available.
  33. Q. What is the lifespan of a bottle or bulb?
    A. Mathmos lava lamp bottles last 2000 hours. The life of the bulbs vary but are guaranteed for one year from purchase.

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  34. Q. Are Mathmos lava lamps suitable for children?
    A. No lava lamps on the market are suitable for children under 14 years old. Mathmos lava lamps, as all lava lamps, should be placed well out of reach of children under 14.

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  35. Q. Where is the Mathmos brand on my lava lamp?
    A. The Mathmos brand is on the plastic base and either printed on the product itself or on a brand label on the lead.

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  36. Q. Why is there is a small gap between the base and the bottle on my astro ?
    A. Some astros have a shadow gap between the base and the bottle; this is normal. If for any reason you do not like this please contact our customer service team.

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