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? Benefits of using a salt lamp. What to look out for. 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. The Himalayan mountains are the only true source of the pink coloured salt rock slabs.

The total iron content in the rock salt provides the depth of colour of the lamp.  The darker the pink colour of the lamp the more iron it contains.  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. 

The lamp attracts water droplets in the air, and 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?

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 their environment would indicate they are beneficial.  Research shows that 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

Summary – pros and cons of Himalayan Salt Lamps

Thinking of purchasing a Himalayan Salt lamp?  Well why not.  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.  Keep an open mind, look at the benefits of a Himalayan Salt lamp, consider the negatives, then buy and try.

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