Welcome to www.trippyglitters.com | USA Glitters | Glitter Lamps Manufactured in the USA.

www.trippyglitters.com by Anthony Voz, is a website that documents the history and styles of beautiful vintage glitter lamps from all over the world, that will take you on a trip.

With its kinetic shimmering effect, the original sister product to the lava lamp, the glitter lamp is a beautiful home decoration item that was extremely popular in the vintage years. This page is dedicated to the glitter lamp designs produced in the USA in Chicago. Who remembers Hy Spector's Lava Lite factory on 1650 West Irving Park Road in Chicago?

Vintage USA manufacturers of glitter lamps which can seen on this page include Lava-Simplex Internationale (The iconic manufacturer of the Lava-Lite), Heat Tapes, MasterCrafters, Florence Art Co,Pagoda Lamp Co, and Fantasia who produced their own take on vintage kinetic lighting and all of these companies produced glitter lamps in one form or another. Whilst these companies may no longer exist or manufacture in Chicago, they left a trail of iconic and beautiful kinetic lighting designs.

This website was brought to you from the people behind www.hippielight.com which looks at the history of the vintage Lava Lite lamps that were produced and sold in the USA and Canada, www.flowoflava.com, the history of the Crestworth & Mathmos Astro Lamp in the UK and Europe. If you like we can feature your lamp too. With thanks to: Craig French, Bohdan Rudy, George Roussos, Wilfried Virmond, Eliot Lees, Anthony Peck, Chris Moon Photography, Anna Santana, Christian Schulze-Bäing, Nick & Callum Carr, 1winkandaprayerme, Marc van Aken and George Stadnik... Please drop us an email at hippielight@googlemail.com. Thank you. Created & Designed by: Anthony Voz.

www.trippyglitters.com | Glitter Lamps in the USA ...

Lava Lite who acquired the USA rights to manufacture and distribute lava lamps in the USA from Crestworth (now known as Mathmos) would go on to create a range of glitter lamps. Their most notable range was known as GemLite a name inspired from Crestworth's Living Jewel. GemLite was often seen in Lava's Continental, Mystique and Confetti designs, which are displayed in the section below. GemLite has also been seen in the Mediterranean and Capri designs.

However Lava also created two Glitterlite models which featured slow moving dust glitter identical in formulation and specification to Crestworth's Glitterlite. In fact Lava Lite's Glitterlite glitter was actually manufactured in the United Kingdom and then shipped over to Chicago for assembly in their bottle filling process. Lava's Glitterlite feature in the Enchantress and Windsor formats as seen in the section below.

www.trippyglitters.com | Vintage GemLite Designs ...

In the 1970s GemLite was introduced, a range of glitter lamps, these lamps really glittered like crazy. They featured a fast moving formulation which had beautiful pieces of silver reflective glitter inside the lamp. They also featured the traditional lava lamp formulation.

When the lamp was switched on the glitter would swirl beautifully in the lamp and would shimmer casting reflections on the surroundings. These lamps are very beautiful and extremely elegant. Below one can see models of GemLite, including, The Mystique (Model 750) & The Continental (Model 850). These lamps also were sold with the bubbling formula as well as GemLite formula, in fact one side of the box showed the lamp with the lava liquids and featured the text: "the light of a million moving shapes that soothes intrigues fascinates entertains", " A Motion For Every Motion". The side that features GemLite glitter liquids features the text: "enjoy the newest visual sensation in environmental lighting ... thousands of floating silver flecks twinkle a multi-color hypnotic spell that charms and fascinates". The Mystique presented a square design where as the Continental design featured an oval design with slanted top and base for a really unique look. Oddly this Continental design is very similar to a European Continental lava lamp design produced by YENNI. So much so, that collectors sometimes get the two mixed up.

Mystique Series 700, presents a square design described as: "Square and smart; its simplicity makes it one of the most sophisticated styles in our line" Internal supports within the square design support the bottle. Mystique uses a 30w intermediate (C-9) bulb.

www.trippyglitters.com | Below: Vintage GemLite 750 Mystique design ...

www.trippyglitters.com | Below: Vintage GemLite 850 Continental design | Oval Silver Design

www.trippyglitters.com | Below: Vintage Windsor & Enchantress Glitterlite designs ...

www.trippyglitters.com | Below: Vintage Lava Mediterranean design - Inspired by Exotic Spain ...

The The Mediterranean was also sold with the GemLite glitter formulation. These lamps are rather difficult to find and very few have ever been seen with the GemLite formulation.

www.trippyglitters.com | Below: Coors Promotional | The International Model | GemLite.

The simplistic Capri model would see a new life as the International Model featuring Lava's GemLite fast moving glitter, with its thousands of sliver flecks swirling as a multi-colored shower of confetti in a cylindrical bottle. Below one can see a Coors promotional version of The International Model.

www.trippyglitters.com | Below: Vintage GemLite Confetti Model 650 ...

The "Confetti" Model 650. The fascinating GemLite with its thousands of sliver flecks swirling as a multi-colored shower of confetti in a new cylindrical bottle. Satin chrome finished base and matching cap. Starlight sparkling in your home or office. GemLite continued to be produced into the late 1990s, until the shutdown of US operations in Chicago. Known models of the Gemlite series are:

Model 650: Silver Base - Silver Glitter - Clear Liquid

Model 642: Black Base - Silver Glitter - Pink Liquid

Model 643: Black Base - Silver Glitter - Blue Liquid

Model 700: Gold Brushed Base - Gold Glitter Flakes - Clear Liquid

www.trippyglitters.com | Below: USA Manufactured GemLite 700 with Gold metal work and gold glitter! Images courtesy of Sasmodog.

www.trippyglitters.com | Below: Vintage USA Stardust Lites (Glitter lamps)

One of the most interesting glitter lamps from the vintage years was produced in Chicago by Heat Tapes Inc and feature very beautiful ornate bases. Titled, Stardust Lites, these lamps are beautiful glitter lamps which feature slow moving shimmering flakes of glitter floating in colourful liquid. Stardust Lites feature an ornate styled base which add character to the lamp, a wooden base and furthermore a switch on the base for easy operation.

Stardust Lites shipped in Gold, Red, Blue and Green. A second version of these lamps featuring lava liquids was produced and titled Bubble Lites. These lamps have a very beautiful design and a very beautiful vintage look to them.

www.trippyglitters.com | Below: Vintage USA Pagoda Starlite Glitter Lamps

Below: Pagoda Lamp by Pagoda Lamp Co. Produced in: Gold, Red, Blue, Green, Orange & Chartreuse. We love the cap on these lamps!

www.trippyglitters.com | Below: Vintage USA Florence Art Co. Glitter Lamps

One of the most beautiful manufacturers of glitter lamps in the USA in the vintage years was the Florence Art Co. who produced a wide range of beautiful glitter lamps, some featuring one glitter bottle, some featuring two or some even featuring three. Whilst many of their designs were traditional looking, they were very beautiful pieces and below once can see a pair complete with their original lamp hang tags which show the lamps named as "Astro-Lite" and the details: Florence Art Co. 831. W. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607. The examples below show designs produced by the Florence Art Co. Oddly these company was indeed in the same state as Lava-Simplex-Scribe. Furthermore the Florence Art Co name has been seen attached to vintage Laff-Lite (non-liquid motion lamps) models.

Florence Art Co. was listed in the Illinois Secretary of State Certified List of Domestic and Foreign Corporations from 1959 through 1977. Initially, its officers were A.P. Lerman, president; S.A. Lerman, secretary; and L.N. Lerman, registered agent.

Hello, I started as a part time packer at Florence my first year, then full time in the office. Don't recall those names you wrote about, but now in my seventies, I'm lucky if I remember my own telephone number! Florence was just a little company in Chicago. They made small items- figurines, pen and pencil holders, small acrylic paintings and these sparkle lamps. We only sold them for about a year before we dropped them from our line because they weren't selling. We found that department stores would put them out on display, but not plugged in, so nobody noticed them. I had a lot of samples of things we made all over my house at one time and I had many of these lamps too.

Irene - Message from former Florence Art Co. Employee.

Images below are courtesy of Bohdan Rudy & Kwood93449

www.trippyglitters.com | Below: Vintage Other USA Glitter Lamp Design

Below: Another Vintage USA Glitter Lamp design ...

www.trippyglitters.com | Below: Vintage USA MasterCrafters Clocks which feature slow moving shimmering glitter.

Examples of two models of timepieces made in Chicago by the iconic manufacturer of clocks by MasterCrafters. These wonderful clocks combine the element of time keeping with the effect of glitter. Mastercrafters' ownership was affiliated with Florence Art Co which would explain the similarity in glitter used between companies.

The Action Starlite Model: 47, which features two glitter tubes (each located on either side of the clock's face), is the more contemporary design, of the two. We love the red and black carton line-drawn graphic artwork on the packaging of the Action Starlite.

To operate clock, plug into electrical outlet. Set to correct time. Action in glass tubes is controlled by light in base of clock. Turn light switch on. The action will start in 2 to 5 minutes. If quicker starting is desired pull the glass tubes out of base and gently shake them, replace in openings in base. To replace bulbs remove the screw in each of the four rubber feet in base of clock. Replace only with 10C7 bulbs.

Model No. 434 features a more traditional clock design with a single tube placed in front of a metal reflector, this reflector accentuates and reflects the kinetic glitter effect. To operate clock, plug into electrical outlet. Set to correct time. Action in glass tubes is controlled by light in base of clock. Turn light switch on. The action will start in 2 to 5 minutes. If quicker starting is desired gently lay clock on back and then immediately place in upright position.

To replace bulb remove 2 smaller screws near ends of clock base. Replace only with 10C7 bulb.

www.trippyglitters.com | Below: Lavaworld Wizard Glitter Lamp. In the 1990s, Lava returned to glitter in a big way with their Wizard lava or glitter lamp, that features a design similar to a Wizard's hat and featured star and moon cut outs. Wizard was manufactured in the 1990s in the USA. Please note only Wizards which feature a black plastic tray under the spun metal section of their base are manufactured in the USA and are the original Wizard design. Click here to see our Wizard Page ...

www.trippyglitters.com | Below: Fantasia Glitter Lamp Designs from the iconic fiber optic manufacturer.

Fantasia, the iconic manufacturer of fiber optic lamps also manufactured three classes of fast-moving glitter lamps. The most simplistic of their glitter lamp designs was their tubular glitter lamp, they also combined pop-art with glitter to create the Glitter Graphics (Happy Hour) and the simply stunning Cosmic Window.