Why is my Himalayan salt lamp leaking?

Don’t Worry, Your Salt Lamp Isn’t Actually Crying!

Have you ever looked at your beautiful Himalayan salt lamp only to find it damp or with water rings? It might seem like it’s malfunctioning, but fear not! This is actually a normal sign that your lamp is working effectively. Let’s explore the science behind this interesting phenomenon and offer some tips to manage any moisture build-up.

Why the “Tears”?

Himalayan salt is naturally hygroscopic, meaning it attracts moisture from the surrounding air. This is the same reason your salt shaker clumps up on a humid day. As your salt lamp draws in moisture, it can sometimes create a visible dampness or even cause droplets to form. This is often referred to as the lamp “crying” or “sweating,” but it’s simply a sign of its air-purifying properties in action!

Understanding the Science

The lamp’s heat source (usually a low-wattage bulb) helps to gently release the captured moisture back into the air. However, in very humid environments, the salt can become overloaded. This is when you might see more noticeable moisture.

Tips for a Happy Lamp (and a Happy You!)

  • Location, Location, Location: Avoid placing your lamp in high-humidity areas like bathrooms or kitchens. Opt for drier spaces like living rooms or bedrooms.
  • Lighten Up: If you notice excessive moisture, try turning off the lamp for a few hours to allow it to dry out naturally.
  • Embrace the Wipe Down: For any salt residue, a quick wipe with a dry cloth will keep your lamp looking its best.

By following these tips, you can ensure your Himalayan salt lamp continues to function beautifully and add a touch of natural ambiance to your home. Remember, a little moisture from time to time is a sign that your lamp is working hard to keep your air fresh and clean!

What is a salt lamp?

Salt lamps are made from salt rock slabs that are mined from the Pakistan region of the Himalayan Mountains. As the rock salt contains up to 82 trace minerals the slabs are believed to provide benefits for both humans and their pets. To create the lamp the salt slabs are hollowed out, and a low-wattage light bulb and power source are inserted. Some lamps can include a higher-wattage bulb, but this is what ultimately provides the soft glow associated with salt lamps.

Is my salt lamp really leaking water?

So why is my lamp leaking water? Why do salt lamps leak? ‘Leaking’ occurs when the lamp attracts moisture from the air.  This really is just the moisture gathering around the base of the lamp, or also on the surface of the lamp itself. As the water droplets hit the warm salt lamp body, the moisture is absorbed and the droplets evaporate leaving behind any impurities. It might be easier to think of the lamp as ‘sweating’ or ‘weeping’ or ‘melting’. But rest assured it is not actually melting, nor is it going to disappear on you.

How does my salt lamp leak?

‘Hygroscopicity’ is the scientific term for what is happening (absorbing moisture from the air). Salt is hygroscopic in nature which means the lamp draws moisture from the air onto its surfaces microscopically.  Do salt lamps really sweat? What is a weeping salt lamp? Is my leaking water, or is it leaking salt? If you position a salt lamp in a humid environment it will naturally start to attract water molecules from the air. These droplets 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

Will my salt lamp leak when turned off? Should my salt lamp have water leaking from it? If possible you should keep your Himalayan Salt lamp turned on 24/7. This will allow it to continually attract the water molecules from the air. Just remember the salt lamp will need time to reach a natural balance in the room where it is placed.

However, if you’re experiencing issues with your salt lamp leaking water, it may be due to excessive moisture or condensation. Here are a few steps you can take to prevent or minimize salt lamp leakage:

  1. Position the lamp properly by ensuring that your salt lamp is placed on a stable surface and not tilted. A level position helps prevent the pooling of moisture within the lamp. Some lamps come complete with a wooden base to help with stability.
  2. Moisture in the air can contribute to salt lamp leakage. Keep your salt lamp away from areas with high humidity, such as bathrooms or kitchens. If you live in a particularly humid climate, consider using a dehumidifier in the room where the salt lamp is located.
  3. Using a bulb with a higher wattage than recommended can generate excessive heat, causing the salt to melt and leak. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions or use a bulb of appropriate wattage to avoid overheating.
  4. If you notice excessive condensation or leakage, you can try reducing the duration that the lamp is kept on. Using the lamp for shorter periods may help minimize the buildup of moisture.
  5. Moisture can accumulate on the salt surface over time. To prevent leakage, periodically clean the lamp by gently wiping it with a dry cloth. Ensure the lamp is completely dry before turning it on again.
  6. Placing your salt lamp on a non-porous tray or coaster can help catch any potential leaks. This will help protect the surface it’s placed on. Always choose a tray or coaster that is appropriate for the size of the lamp. And also make sure it is made from a material that won’t be damaged by moisture.
  7. If you’ve tried the above steps and your salt lamp continues to leak excessively, it’s a good idea to reach out to the manufacturer or seller for further guidance. They may have specific recommendations or be able to assist you with troubleshooting the issue.

Remember, some amount of moisture or condensation on the surface of a salt lamp can be normal, especially in humid environments. However, if the leakage is excessive or persistent, it’s advisable to address the issue to prevent damage to the lamp or surrounding areas.

Where should I place my Himalayan Salt lamp?

Your home has certain areas that are more suitable for salt lamps than others. If you want them to function at their best then you should not place them in the following locations.

  • Do not place them on top of TVs or other electrical equipment
  • Humid kitchens
  • Steamy bathrooms and en-suites
  • Utility rooms with washers/dryers
  • Near open windows
  • Close to external doors
  • Outdoor spaces
  • In direct sunlight
Salt lamp near PC

If you place your salt lamp in a damp/humid-free environment such as a bedroom or office you should hopefully not experience any problems with leakage or your salt lamp dripping water. For the best results, keep your salt lamp on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Can I leave my salt lamp on all the time?

It is recommended that you leave your salt lamp running 24/7 in order for it to work correctly. This will ensure the lamp continues to emit its negative ions which in turn will attract moisture and pollutants from the air. It will also help with any issues regarding leaking water.

It is generally safe to leave your salt lamp on for extended periods, but it’s not necessary to keep it on all the time. Here are a few considerations to help you decide:

  1. Health benefits: Himalayan salt lamps are often used for their potential air-purifying properties. The lamp emits negative ions when heated, which may help neutralize pollutants and improve indoor air quality. Keep the lamp on to ensure it works effectively.
  2. Energy consumption: Leaving your salt lamp on continuously will consume energy and add to your electricity bill. If energy efficiency is a concern for you, it may be more practical to turn it off when not needed. However, the amount of money required to run a salt lamp is very small, so it shouldn’t break the bank!
  3. Safety: Salt lamps are generally safe to use, but it’s important to exercise caution. Ensure that your lamp is in good condition, with no frayed cords or loose connections. If you’re leaving your home or going to sleep, it’s a good idea to turn the lamp off to minimize any potential fire hazards.
  4. Bulb lifespan: Salt lamps typically use small, low-wattage bulbs to avoid overheating the salt. Constantly keeping the bulb on may reduce its lifespan. Consider turning off the lamp periodically to extend the bulb’s longevity.

Ultimately, whether to leave your salt lamp on all the time is a personal choice based on your preferences and needs. If you enjoy the ambiance and warm glow it provides, you can leave it on while you’re in the room and turn it off when you’re not using it. It’s important to strike a balance between the lamp’s benefits and energy consumption to suit your individual circumstances.

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 drips sitting for long periods of time
  • Dispose of any collected moisture water safely – remember it contains salt
  • Consider installing a dehumidifier
  • As salt water dries it leaves behind salt crystals. Immediately remove any salt crystals from furniture

Before turning on a lamp that has previously been leaking you should run a few basic checks. First of all unplug it from the mains before working with it. Then pat it dry with a lint-free slightly damp cloth. This will allow you to remove as much surface water as possible before reconnecting it to the mains electricity supply.

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. And if you want to learn how to change a salt lamp bulb, or where to buy a salt lamp bulb then this is the article for you.

Where should I store my salt lamp?

Once you no longer wish to use your salt lamp you should follow these steps. This will help you to store your Himalayan salt lamp properly:

  1. Clean and dry the lamp: Before storing, make sure the salt lamp is clean and completely dry. Wipe it gently with a dry cloth to remove any dust or moisture.
  2. Disassemble if necessary: If your salt lamp has removable parts, such as a base or bulb, carefully disassemble them. Refer to the lamp’s instructions if needed.
  3. Wrap in a protective material: Use a soft cloth or bubble wrap to wrap the salt lamp. This will protect it from scratches or any potential damage during storage.
  4. Choose a suitable container: Place the lamp in a sturdy box or container. It should be large enough to hold the lamp without it being cramped. Make sure the container has enough padding to provide additional protection.
  5. Add padding material: Place a layer of packing peanuts, crumpled paper, or bubble wrap at the bottom of the container to provide cushioning.
  6. Place the lamp in the container: Gently place the wrapped salt lamp into the container. Make sure it is well-centered and surrounded by padding material on all sides.
  7. Fill any gaps: Fill any empty spaces with additional padding material to prevent the lamp from shifting during storage. This will help to avoid any potential damage caused by movement.
  8. Seal the container: Make sure you seal the container properly. You can use tape or fasteners to ensure it stays closed.
  9. Choose a suitable storage location: Find a cool, dry place to store the salt lamp. Avoid areas prone to high humidity, extreme temperatures, or direct sunlight, as these can affect the lamp’s integrity.
  10. Avoid storing near moisture sources: Keep the salt lamp away from areas with excessive moisture, such as bathrooms or basements, as the salt can absorb moisture and become damaged.

By following these steps, you can safely store your Himalayan salt lamp and protect it from any potential damage. When you’re ready to use it again, carefully unwrap it, reassemble if necessary, and enjoy its unique glow.


So now you know.  Instead of worrying ‘Why is my 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.

But if you do have a salt lamp that appears to be leaking water and you want to take action against salt lamp leaking dangers, follow these steps to address the issue.


  1. Take a closer look at the lamp and make sure it is actually water leaking and not just condensation or humidity buildup on the surface. Salt lamps have hygroscopic properties, meaning they can attract and retain moisture from the air, leading to water droplets forming on their surface.
  2. Before handling the lamp, unplug it from the power source to ensure your safety and avoid any electrical hazards.
  3. Place the lamp on a dry surface or move it to a different location where it won’t cause any damage or potential harm. Keep in mind that excessive moisture could harm the lamp or cause the salt to dissolve more quickly.
  4. If the lamp is genuinely leaking water, let it sit in a well-ventilated area to dry out. This process might take several days, depending on the amount of moisture absorbed.
  5. Inspect the lamp for any cracks, chips, or other visible damage that could be causing the leak. If you find any such issues, it may be necessary to replace the lamp or contact the manufacturer for further assistance.
  6. Salt lamps are best suited for dry environments. If you live in a humid area or have excessive moisture in your home, it’s possible that your lamp will naturally accumulate more moisture. In such cases, it may be beneficial to use a dehumidifier or relocate the lamp to a less humid room.
  7. To prevent future water leakage or excess moisture buildup, ensure proper care of your salt lamp. Wipe it regularly with a dry cloth to remove any accumulated moisture or dust.

If you follow these steps and the problem persists or worsens, it is recommended to reach out to the manufacturer or consult a professional for further guidance.

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