Laserpod Available to U.S. Buyers at Planetlava.com

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Novelty lamp offers users a light show in the convenience of home

The Laserpod is fast becoming known as the “lava lamp of the 21st century.”

The novelty lamp, designed in Great Britain by light artist Chris Levine, has been available in the United Kingdom for the past year, and has quickly gained a following.

It is now available in the U.S., courtesy of Planetlava.com, an online marketer of lava lamps and inflatable furniture.

According to Ted Novak, promotional director for Planetlava.com, the Laserpod is reminiscent of lava lamps — made popular during the hippy generation of the 1960s — with an updated twist for the 21st century. Laserpod uses electronic lasers and blue and purple LEDs [light emitting diodes], combined with a rotating Swarovski crystal, to transmit a brilliant light show.

“It’s really something to look at,” Novak said. “The lasers point up into the crystal and all the facets make random patterns on the ceiling and walls.”

Novak added that users interact with Laserpod by placing such items as glass, crystal or clear plastics on top. “It produces an almost surreal lighting effect that continually evolves in time,” he said.

The Laserpod comes in a cylindrical-shaped aluminum casing. The kit includes a set Swarovski crystal, a ridged glass refractor lens, two different electroplated domed diffusers (short and tall), a DC adapter, instructions and a “Book of Light” leaflet.

For the best experience, the Laserpod should be activated in complete darkness. This allows users to view the “subtler, more meditative and organic beams,” according to Planetlava.com.

With the diffusers on top of the alloy cylinder, the effects are contained and Laserpod becomes a soothing ambient lamp.

Laserpod is also portable and can function for up to eight hours on three alkaline AA batteries.

For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.planetlava.com.

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