An American Icon Since 1965, The Iconic Lava Lamp® Turns 50!

Limited-Edition Anniversary Collection & The Beatles Themed Lava Lamps Now Available

In 2015, the ubiquitous 1960’s pop culture icon celebrates its 50th Anniversary. This year marks a half-century of Lava® Lamps in the United States, which has been featured in countless TV shows, movies, magazines and more. In honor of its golden anniversary, the ever-popular “original shape of cool” has created a limited edition 50th collection for its fans.

A lava lamp (or Astro lamp) is a decorative novelty item, invented by British accountant Edward Craven Walker, the founder of Mathmos, in 1963. The lamp contains blobs of colored wax inside a glass vessel filled with clear or translucent liquid; the wax rises and falls as its density changes due to heating from an incandescent light bulb underneath the vessel. The appearance of the wax is suggestive of pāhoehoe lava, hence the name. The lamps are designed in a variety of styles and colours.

Lava Lamp Celebrates 50 Years Along with The Beatles' 13 Album Releases! Limited-Edition Anniversary Collection Lava Lamp (?right?), plus The Beatles and Yellow Submarine Themed Lava Lamps available on September 1! (PRNewsFoto/Lava Lite, LLC)

Lava Lamp Celebrates 50 Years Along with The Beatles’ 13 Album Releases! Limited-Edition Anniversary Collection Lava Lamp (?right?), plus The Beatles and Yellow Submarine Themed Lava Lamps available on September 1! (PRNewsFoto/Lava Lite, LLC)

A classic lamp contains a standard incandescent bulb or halogen lamp which heats a tall (often tapered) glass bottle. A formula from 1968 U.S. patent consisted of water and a transparent, translucent or opaque mix of mineral oil, paraffin wax and carbon tetrachloride.

Lava Lite, LLC® has been the global manufacturer of Lava® Lamps worldwide and sells millions of Lava Lamps annually. This iconic product is popular with fans of all ages, from adults to millennials, appearing everywhere from offices to dorm rooms. At 50 years old, Lava Lite, LLC is the international manufacturing company that offers the original shape of cool, the Lava Lamp and based out of Elk Grove Village, IL. The company holds the US trademark rights to the shape and name Lava Lamp and is sold across various distribution channels in US, Canadian, and European retailers.

The limited edition 50th Anniversary Collection includes four lamp sizes: 14.5″ ($19.99), 17″ ($29.99), 16.3″ ($39.99), and 27″ Grande ($119.99). The lamps have premium features included: gold painted base & cap, embossed 50th anniversary logo on the base, certificate of authenticity, and either an easy-access switch on the base or a dimmer switch, depending on the size of the lamp.

In addition, an exclusive collection of The Beatles-and Yellow Submarine-themed Lava Lamps debut on September 1st . Lava Lite, LLC is partnering with Apple Corp. Ltd. to bring fans this collection and will feature designs inspired by the albums Help!, Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as a series based on their timeless animated classic Yellow Submarine. The Lava Lamps will also have premium features and embellishments such as full color decals with album cover artwork, Beatles and album logo silk-screening, and multi-colored, hand-painted glass globes. Priced at $29.99, standing at 14.5″ tall and filled with 20 oz. of either glitter or Lava, these lamps will truly rock & roll.

Lava products can be found in mass merchants, gift and specialty stores, warehouse clubs, and various online retailers. For more information and to purchase all lamps, please visit