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To turn off the lava lamp

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StuntNun Sun 12-Jan-14 20:28:14

DS3 (14 months) has a lava lamp in his room. DH keeps leaving it on with the velour curtain draped over it to diffuse the light. I keep turning it off because I worry that it is a fire hazard being so close to the curtain and also because I think it is too bright and DS3 would sleep better in a dark room. He woke us up six times last night resulting in DH turning the lava lamp on when he went in and me turning it off on my turns to go in. DH gave me a row at DS3's bedtime tonight and specifically instructed me not to turn it off as I was just 'being silly' about it being a fire risk. AIBU to turn the lamp off anyway?

MonsieurReynard Mon 13-Jan-14 00:10:20

Molten wax in hot oil, in a hot breakable glass tube, covered with flammable fabric, and with a fifty-year track record of spontaneous shattering? Not necessarily the ideal choice for a child's nightlight, compared to, say, an actual nightlight... Seriously, I've still got spatter-mark scars from when mine detonated at uni 14 years ago after i fell asleep.with it still on - get rid, or at least take it out the kid's room!

missymayhemsmum Sun 12-Jan-14 22:52:04

Totally dangerous, you are not being silly. Put your foot down. Try a night or two of proper dark to see if your son's sleep improves (humans are meant to sleep in the dark, generally!) if he's one of those kids who needs a nightlight buy a low energy nightlight designed for the job, and get rid of the lavalamp.
If your DH persists in being an arse disappear the lavalamp to ebay and just tell him you know he thinks you're silly, but you couldn't sleep for worrying about it.

hiddenhome Sun 12-Jan-14 22:51:00

What, is he mad? I'd be getting rid of the lava lamp and your dh because he's so daft shock

StuntNun Sun 12-Jan-14 21:19:48

Thanks LittlePrincess I have ordered a couple of those night lights so DS1 can have one as well.

CatAmongThePigeons Sun 12-Jan-14 20:58:24

LLava lamps should never be left unattended but adding a curtain into the mix is just unnecessary. Night lights are available for a reason.

What would happen if your DS accidentally managed to get hold of the lava lamp in the night? We all know young children can have super human abilities and do things we never think they could do.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 12-Jan-14 20:54:35
TheCunnyFuntIsGettingMarried Sun 12-Jan-14 20:53:09

shock Bloody hell! Your DH is an idiot! My 2yo nephew threw a soft toy across a room recently and it landed on top of a 'normal' lamp (with a cone shade woth a hole in the top), the toy didn't touch the bulb and was there no more than 10 minutes before we noticed the smoke, the toy was all scorched where it had been close to the bulb.

My sister had a lava lamp and they get unbelievably hot. Does your DH think that because the curtain isn't touching a bulb that it won't catch fire? If I were you i would actually get rid of the lava lamp incase your DH carried on using it even with a different lamp in there.

CromeYellow Sun 12-Jan-14 20:51:45

yanbu, don't allow him to cover the lamp, it's a serious fire hazard, he's an idiot, a dangerous idiot.

MoominMammasHandbag Sun 12-Jan-14 20:51:01

Lava lamps are only supposed to be on for 4 hours max. We have ours in the living room and always try to remember not to leave it on for too long.

asandwichshort Sun 12-Jan-14 20:49:28

I bought one for my dd and promptly confiscated it when I realised how hot to the touch they get. That, plus a curtain added into the mix would make it a hazard in my opinion. Remove it and hide it!! And get a plug in night light x

Dahlen Sun 12-Jan-14 20:49:18

You could tell him that a significant number of house-fires have been caused doing exactly what he's doing now. Ask him how he;d feel if your DS died in a house-fire as a result of that - especially now he's been explicitly warned so wouldn't even be able to claim he thought it was ok... (Emotional blackmail I know, but if he wasn't being a prat about it emotional blackmail wouldn't be necessary).

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Sun 12-Jan-14 20:47:37

Can I recommend this Nightlight ?
It is cheap and is energy saving too. More importantly it is designed to be left on all night.

We were given the gift of a mini lava lamp when DD was tiny to use as a nightlight, it was brand new in box. We plugged it in and it was on about 10 minutes before it kind of ruptured / exploded. So glad it happened when we were in the room!
I will never have anything like a Lava lamp again.

TheFutureMrsB Sun 12-Jan-14 20:45:59

Yanbu, my db had one in his room which exploded in the night after he put it back on after my dm turning it off! Was lucky he was facing the other way with his blankets pulled up over his head, was hot wax everywhere.

StuntNun Sun 12-Jan-14 20:40:09

I have a touch lamp going spare actually as we had a pair of bedside lamps in our room and when one broke we couldn't get a direct replacement so bought a new pair of a different design. I don't know why DH is so keen on the lava lamp. It's nice enough, just not suitable as a night light in my opinion.

Dahlen Sun 12-Jan-14 20:37:47

If your DH is of the opinion that night lights are often a bit too dark to be comforting and it's a faff to have to regularly switch between normal lamp and night light (just anticipating excuses here), why not buy a touch lamp? Argos do pairs of them for £15, Ikea sell them for about the same, and if you have a local independent hardware store, you may well find similar for cheaper (I bought one from a local independent near me for £5). The beauty of these is that they come with three settings - night light, intermediate and normal strength.

Topaz25 Sun 12-Jan-14 20:36:38

YADNBU, a curtain over a lamp is a fire risk. You could compromise with a light that is designed to be used as a nightlight and left unattended.

Mikkii Sun 12-Jan-14 20:36:08

I think if you check the paperwork there is a maximum period that these should be left on for. We did used to use one for DS, but put it on when he went to bed, turned it off when we went up.

If you don't have the paperwork, check the make and look it up online.

AnUnearthlyChild Sun 12-Jan-14 20:35:54

Major fire risk.

If the safety of your child is too .'big' for him to think rationally about then try imagining the damage even a small no injury fire would cause.

If your insurers found out you were deliberately draping a curtain over a hot lamp and there was damage to fixtures and fittings I'm guessing they'd use it to wriggle out of paying up.

Get a proper night light.

HopeClearwater Sun 12-Jan-14 20:34:55

Phone up the fire service and ask for their advice. I'm pretty sure I can guess what they'll say...

HopeClearwater Sun 12-Jan-14 20:33:50

Christ, take the lava lamp away. It's meant to be something to look at, not to act as a functional source of light. It should never be left unattended, never mind have a curtain draped on it. Your DH must have some very strange ideas about risk.

NatashaBee Sun 12-Jan-14 20:33:05

YANBU, those things get very hot, can easily see one starting a fire.

InPursuitOfOblivion Sun 12-Jan-14 20:33:01

Yanbu.
I agree it is a fire hazard. Why not get a night light that is designed to be on all night?

Toecheese Sun 12-Jan-14 20:32:34

I wouldn't use the lava lamp as a night light. Pop to your local hardware shop and pick up a proper nightlight for a few pounds.

ShadowFall Sun 12-Jan-14 20:31:55

YANBU, they do get very hot.

I would get a proper nightlight and remove the lava lamp from the room altogether.

formerbabe Sun 12-Jan-14 20:31:46

A curtain over the light!!! Oh my god! Seriously, that is an extremely stupid thing to do.

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