I Love Lamp
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A vivid, psychedelic lava lamp widget.   Free
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Note: iSlayer, now Bjango, has closed its site and ceased development of all its widgets, focusing its attention on its Bjango products.

I Love Lamp is colorful, psychedelic treat.

Bring the 60's to your Dashboard with this simple lava lamp widget that uses Quartz to render a non-stop stream of animated bubbles.
What's New
Version 2.1:
  • You can now choose the lava and background color from 15 different color schemes (giving a total of 150 combinations)
  • More random than before
  • More optimised, so even nicer on your CPU
  • Some small bug fixes and tweaks
  • An updated icon and default image
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later

*Previously available here

MacUpdate - I Love Lamp

I Love Lamp User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Derekcurrie commented on 05 Nov 2013
Uh oh. The iSlayer website is acting dead. Also, my installation of I Love Lamp has stopped working. It says it's missing a plug-in. Oh no.
[Version 2.1]

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MacUpdate-Jess replied on 06 Nov 2013
Derekcurrie, you're right about iSlayer's Web site. It appears that the domain name has been offered for sale, though its registration is valid for a few more months. That means that the download for I Love Lamp is also… well, burned out.

I've contacted the developer, and will post further information when we hear something from him. However, given that this listing hasn't been updated in more than six years, it may be another chapter in "When Bad Things Happen to Good Lava Lamps".

MacUpdate-Jess replied on 07 Nov 2013
Derekcurrie, I've heard from iSlayer. The developer wrote,…

"We ceased development on all iSlayer widgets years ago and kept the site online for quite some time afterwards, to let people continue to download our free widgets. We don't have any plan to reopen the site or to pick up development of the widgets. Our time and effort is now focused on our Bjango products, like iStat Menus and Skala Preview."

So, it appears that you're going to have to abandon the once-ubiquitous lava lamp in favor of Philips Hue bulbs.
smartinist commented on 09 Aug 2007
Finally you can chose your lava color. This new version ROCKS!
[Version 2.1]

Marc Edwards (developer) commented on 01 Feb 2007
if you'd like to know the history of this widget, and why it wasn't available for quite a few months, then please read our blog entry:


We hope you like it!
[Version 2.0]


attentionwandered commented on 01 Feb 2007
you have to wait for it to warm up.

i thought this application was taken down by the lava lamp company?
(stupidly, all this did was make me want to buy a real lava lamp)
[Version 2.0]

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Marc Edwards (developer) replied on 01 Feb 2007
Hi, we did remove it due to copyright issues, but now we're back, working together and with full permission.

For the full story, please read our blog: http://islayer.com/blog/?p=99

attentionwandered replied on 01 Feb 2007
nice... good idea with the buy one here link
Marc Edwards (developer) commented on 31 Jan 2007
Please try version 2.0. We're using a completely different Quartz plugin now.
[Version 2.0]


gazman commented on 16 Mar 2006
I don't know what's going on - I get the lamp but I don't get the 'lava'.

Looks good, wish I could get it to work.
[Version 1.8]

hairysaconuts commented on 09 Feb 2006
A great widget which takes me back to a more pleasant time and space. Thanks for the fix on the "disappearing" widget.
[Version 1.6]



Apfhex reviewed on 01 Feb 2006
Version 1.5 gets rid of any complaints I had about this widget. The new retro look is very sleek! Appears to use little CPU (none when Dashboard is hidden) and no longer restarts when bringing up Dashboard.
[Version 1.5]

Marc Edwards (developer) commented on 30 Jan 2006
Sorry, that last post was in response to the colour popup on the back. We already have a skin menu on the back... you can choose the skin colour from there.

Regarding "phoning home" : The widget checks daily to see if there's a newer version available. Nothing more.

TOMEM :: We will continue to update the way this works. I assure you that I'd make it work the way you want if I could! Metaballs are the ultimate solution, and would look like you (and I) want. We're investigating, but it'd be a fair effort to get them to work. I'm confident that if we do, it won't take up any more CPU.

Regarding "although, why does my Lamp have a different shape to the MU pic? Mine's a rocket!" : Please check the options on the back of the widget! There's 7 different skins.
[Version 1.5]

Marc Edwards (developer) commented on 30 Jan 2006
I'm not sure what you mean by this?
[Version 1.5]


Mark Everitt had trouble on 14 Jul 2007
It doesn't seem to be working for me. I get the frame of the lamp, and a little lego brick with a question mark on it where the lava should be. I've played sudoku on my dashboard for about an hour waiting for it to kick in, but nothing...
[Version 2.1]

adamlea had trouble on 31 Jan 2006
I love this widget - it lets you add a little personal style to the dashboard. Only one little potential bug: it closes whenever I restart. Everytime I restart, I have to launch it again.

Anyone else experiencing this?
[Version 1.5]

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Marc Edwards (developer) replied on 08 Feb 2006
We think we have this bug squashed. 1.6 will be out soon and hopefully fix it for good :)
Ivan-P had trouble on 24 Dec 2005
This looks like a really cool widget (though I'll have to see about CPU usage). However, I can't get it to work no matter what I do.

I installed the Quartz Composer plugin into both my Internet Plug-ins folder in Library and directly into the widget bundle (I love lamp.wdgt; there was already a copy in there as of v1.1, although named slightly differently than the version I downloaded from the above link), then restarted the machine as a last attempt. Still no lava. It just sits there, pretty as an Apollo spacecraft ready for take-off with no fuel.

I also closed the widget and placed a new instance onto the dashboard. Still no luck. Any ideas on what could be going on with this?

[Version 1.1]

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iSlayer (developer) replied on 24 Dec 2005
Can you try deleting the plugins you installed.They widegt has everything build in as of 1.1.
The description here isnt perfect as i submitted the 1.0 then the 1.1 but they ended up with the same description some how

Also what mac are you running.I assume in quartz compatible ?
Ivan-P commented on 25 Dec 2005
Yes, I am running a July, 2005 model iBook with Tiger, Core Image compatibility, etc.

Ah! I deleted the widget and the internet plug-in and reinstalled from scratch. Everything working fine now.

Thanks a lot!


widethtripp rated on 01 May 2012

[Version 2.1]


DaymonJ rated on 20 Sep 2011

[Version 2.1]

Version Downloads:9,146
Type:Utilities : Optimizers
Date:13 Jul 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Note: iSlayer, now Bjango, has closed its site and ceased development of all its widgets, focusing its attention on its Bjango products.

I Love Lamp is colorful, psychedelic treat.

Bring the 60's to your Dashboard with this simple lava lamp widget that uses Quartz to render a non-stop stream of animated bubbles.

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