Why is my Himalayan salt lamp leaking?

Why is my Himalayan salt lamp leaking?

If you have a Himalayan salt lamp you may have noticed it leaking, or affectionately known as ‘crying’.  So why is my Himalayan Salt lamp wet? Well, you will be pleased to hear this is perfectly normal, but there are a few things you can do to try to lessen it.

What is a salt lamp?

A salt lamp is made from salt rock slabs mined from the Pakistan region of the Himalayan Mountains. The salt contains 82 trace minerals and is believed to provide health benefits for humans and pets. The salt slab is hollowed out and a low wattage light bulb is inserted, some include a higher wattage bulb, but this is what ultimately provides the soft glow associated with salt lamps.

Is my salt lamp really leaking?

‘Leaking’ occurs when the lamp attracts moisture from the air.  This really is just the moisture gathering around the base of the lamp, or on the surface of the lamp itself. The moisture is absorbed when the water droplets hit the warm body of the salt lamp.  The droplets evaporate leaving behind any impurities. It might be easier to think of the lamp as ‘sweating’ or weeping’.  Sometimes it is also referred to as ‘melting’ – but rest assured it is not actually melting, nor is it going to disappear on you.

How does my salt lamp leak?

The scientific term for it is called ‘hygroscopicity’. Salt is hygroscopic in nature which means the lamp draws moisture from the air onto its surfaces microscopically.  So why is my Himalayan salt lamp leaking? Do salt lamps really sweat and why is my salt lamp wet? What is a weeping salt lamp? Why is my salt lamp leaking water? If you position a salt lamp in a humid environment it will naturally start to attract water molecules from the air which will then condense on the salt surface.  This is the water that people refer to as leaking, but it is not from within the lamp, rather it is surface water.

How can I stop my salt lamp from leaking

If possible you should keep your Himalayan Salt lamp turned on so that it can continue to attract the water molecules from the air. Eventually a natural balance will occur within the room where the salt lamp has been placed.

Where should I place my Himalayan Salt lamp?

There are areas within your home that are better suited to placing a salt lamp than others.  If you want them to function at their best then you should not place them in the following locations.

  • Humid kitchens
  • Steamy bathrooms and en-suites
  • Utility rooms with washers/dryers
  • Near open windows
  • Close to external doors that are opened regularly
  • Outdoor spaces

What should I do if my salt lamp leaks?

Remember that it is perfectly normal for your Himalayan Salt Lamp to leak.  If you feel it is too excessive there are a few steps you can take.

  • Stand the salt lamp in a shallow dish to collect any leakage
  • Salt is corrosive so make sure to wipe away any drips as soon as possible – do not leave it sitting for long periods of time
  • Dispose of any water safely – remember it contains salt
  • Consider installing a dehumidifier
  • When salt water dries it leaves behind salt crystals, these should be promptly wiped off furniture so it does not leave a stain

Have a read through the article on How to clean a Himalayan Salt Lamp to find out more on how to use a Himalayan salt lamp and how to care for one.

Summary

So now you know.  Instead of worrying ‘why is my Himalayan salt lamp leaking’ you can now understand that it is a normal part of owning one.  Just take a few moments to decide the best location to place your salt lamp, sit back and enjoy.

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