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Spirit Lamp

A spirit lamp is a small, portable burner used in laboratories for heating small amounts of liquids or for simple chemical reactions. It consists of a metal container that holds a small amount of liquid fuel such as ethanol or methanol and is ignited using a wick or direct flame. Spirit lamps are convenient for small-scale experiments but not suitable for precise temperature control or larger-scale experiments.

Original price was: ₹100.Current price is: ₹45. (Exc. GST)

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The Humble Spirit Lamp: A Workhorse of the Chemistry Lab

The chemistry lab can be a place of wonder, filled with bubbling concoctions and fascinating reactions. But behind all the excitement lies a collection of unsung heroes – the essential tools that make it all possible. Today, we’re shining a light on one such workhorse: the spirit lamp.

A Simple Design, a Big Impact

A spirit lamp is a small, portable burner that might seem unremarkable at first glance. Typically made of metal or glass, it has a reservoir for fuel – often denatured alcohol, ethanol, or methanol – and a wick to draw the liquid up. The flame produced by the burning alcohol is clean and relatively controllable, making it perfect for a variety of laboratory tasks.

Use Of Spirit Lamp

So, what exactly can you do with a spirit lamp? Here are a few of its common uses:

  • Gently Heating Samples: Do you need to warm up a test tube containing a solution? The spirit lamp is a safe and efficient way to do it.
  • Flame Tests: These tests involve introducing a sample to a flame and observing the resulting colour. The spirit lamp’s clean flame makes it ideal for these identifications.
  • Sterilization: The flame can sterilize small lab equipment, such as spatulas or inoculation loops, reducing the risk of contamination.

Safety First

While a valuable tool, it’s important to remember that it involves an open flame. Here are some safety precautions to keep in mind:

  • Never refuel a lit lamp. Always extinguish the flame and let it cool completely before adding more alcohol.
  • Keep flammable materials away from the flame, including hair, clothes, and any other combustible substances.
  • Never leave a burning lamp unattended. Always extinguish it when you’re finished.

The Unsung Hero of Chemistry

It may not be the most complex piece of equipment in the lab, but its simplicity and reliability make it a vital tool for countless experiments. So, the next time you see a chemistry demonstration, take a moment to appreciate the humble spirit lamp quietly doing its job behind the scenes.

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