Pros and cons of Himalayan Salt Lamps

Check out the pros and cons of Himalayan Salt Lamps before buying one.

What are the pros and cons of Himalayan Salt lamps? And are there any benefits of using a salt lamp? What should you look out for before buying one? Where should you place one?

If you are considering purchasing a Himalayan salt lamp you will want to check out the pros and cons before buying one?

What is a Himalayan Salt lamp?

The Himalayan Salt lamp is a lump of rock crystal which has been hollowed out and fashioned into a lamp.  It contains a low wattage bulb which illuminates through the rock when connected to a power outlet.

Where does the rock salt come from?

The Himalayan Salt Lamp gets its name from the region in which the salt is mined – the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan. Did you know that the Himalayan mountains are the only true source of the pink-colored salt rock slabs?

This is due to the total iron content in the rock salt which provides the depth of color of the lamp.  The darker the pink color of the lamp the more iron it contains.  But the lamps can range from a light pink to a pinkish orange hue, with the salt crystals containing 84+ natural minerals.

How does it work?

When the lamp is turned on it slowly warms whilst exuding soft light through the salt wall. 

As the lamp attracts water droplets in the air, it also removes any impurities they may be carrying.  This is done through the exchange of positive and negative ions and as the water lands on the surface of the warm salt lamp it evaporates, leaving behind any trapped impurities. 

Is a salt lamp good for you?

Unfortunately there is no scientific evidence, or clinical and medical research, to indicate that a salt lamp is good for you.  However, studies regarding the impact that negative and positive ions have on our environment would indicate they are beneficial.  And as most of us know any improvement in air quality can be beneficial to human health.

What are the benefits (pros) of a Himalayan Salt Lamp

  • Helps boost your energy levels
  • Purifies the air
  • Aids sleep and may help with snoring issues
  • Reduces stress
  • Lowers electromagnetic radiation 
  • Creates a serene and calming environment 

What are the negatives (cons) of a Himalayan Salt Lamp

  • Needs a continuous power supply
  • Requires cleaning to stop buildup of mold and bacteria
  • Can get very dusty
  • They can break easily
  • Build up of water droplets – salt is corrosive so where you place your lamp is important
  • Cheap counterfeits available
  • Siting of the lamp is extremely important if you have children
  • Beware of pets being able to lick the salt lamp

How to clean and care for your Himalayan salt lamp

If you feel you would like to clean your salt lamp you should only give it a quick pat down with a damp cloth. Do not use an overly wet cloth as this will remove the salt crystals.

Some people ask why is my salt lamp leaking? They have reported that their salt lamp looks as though it is weeping, or leaking. This is only caused as water droplets from the air are attracted to the surface of the lamp as it warms up. This gives the appearance that the salt lamp tis leaking. This is perfectly normal. Any excess water can easily be removed by patting the salt lamp lightly with a lint-free dry cloth.

If you wish to replace the salt lamp bulb please refer to your manufacturers instructions.

Summary – pros and cons of Himalayan Salt Lamps

We hope you have found this article useful if you are thinking of purchasing a Himalayan Salt lamp?  Whether you want to use it as an air purifier, an aid to help you sleep, or simply as a decorative item a Himalayan Salt lamp can add something to your home or working environment.  Remember to keep an open mind when looking at the benefits of a Himalayan Salt lamp. Also, consider the negatives and any warnings about Himalayan salt lamps. Then buy, try and make your own mind up.

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