Himalayan Salt Lamps – What are these funny shaped rock lamps?

You’ve probably passed these strange pink lamps on your travels with claims they are made of Himalayan salt. You’ve probably even thought to yourself, what the heck it? And why would anyone buy one? So I’ll explain, what these weird pink lamps are and why they are called a Himalayan salt lamp.

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What is a Himalayan Salt Lamp?

Genuine Himalayan salt lamps are made from actually solid blocks of Himalayan pink salt, mined from the Himalayan mountains in Pakistan. This pink salt alone offers plenty of benefits as its rich in iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and copper, all of which give Himalayan salt its pretty pink colour.

The colour of Himalayan salt lamps can range from a light pink to a pinkish orange with the hue being a result of the mineral concentration. The hand carved salt rock is hollowed out inside to add the light bulb which when turned on, emits the heat and light source. The salt lamp, unlike a conventional lamp used as a light source, doesn’t give off more than a glow because the benefits of the Himalayan salt can only work when activated by light and a heat source, otherwise its just a piece of hand carved salt sitting in your living room.

Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits

When activated the Himalayan salt lamp can decrease air pollution and negative ions while offering purer air to breathe which is ideal for people suffering from colds, allergies (hay fever) or asthma. The Himalayan salt lamp has been known to offer other health benefits, for example its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, plus it can loosen excessive mucus and reduces IgE levels (immune system oversensitivity). The warm orange glow of the lamp can provide a calming environment and help a person to relax and sleep better at night.

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How to Tell if your Himalayan Salt Lamp is a Fake

I noticed there are many shops online and on the high street that sell himaylam salt lamps and the prices vary too. But here are a few tips to help you know you are buying the real deal.

Top signs that your Himalayan salt lamp is a fake include:

No Mention of Pakistan
Deep underground mines in Khewra, Pakistan, are the only source of true Himalayan pink salt. If you’re questioning whether you have a real Himalayan salt lamp, look for mention of Pakistan as the salt crystal’s country of origin. You can also ask the lamp’s maker about the salt’s origin, keeping in mind that it may list the country of origin as the location of the lamp’s assembly.

They are very Fragile

Himalayan salt lamps are really fragile, at the end of the day they are only made from salt crystals. If you accidentally drop, it should easily break, if not its a fake. Though I wouldn’t recommend trying to break it before or after buying just to test.

Very Bright Light

A true salt lamp does not give off enough light to completely illuminate a room. If yours does, then it’s most likely not the real deal.

Inexpensive White Crystal

You’ll typically find Himalayan salt lamps that give off a warm pinkish or orange hue. There is such a thing as a white Himalayan salt lamp, but it’s extremely rare and a lot more pricey than the coloured ones. So if you find a white salt crystal lamp that’s not substantially more expensive than the pink/orange versions, steer clear because this is likely an imposter.

Moisture-Resistant
Salt naturally absorbs water, a true salt lamp is prone to some sweating when exposed to moisture.

Not Experiencing Any Benefits
If you’re sure that you bought the appropriately sized salt lamp for the space you’re using it in and you’ve also been exposed to it on a regular basis and don’t see any positive effects whatsoever, then you may not have a real Himalayan salt lamp.

Himalayan Salt Lamp Buying Tips

When considering to buy a Himalayan pink salt lamp, take into consideration the size of the room in which you wish to use your lamp. The coverage of a salt lamp is determined by the size of the salt crystal. So for an average sized bedroom, a smaller lamp is adequate, but if you’re looking to use it in a larger area like your living room, you may want to go bigger. If needed, you can always use multiple salt lamps spread out in a single room.

Himalayan Salt Lamp Precautions

Be careful using in high humidity areas as the salt crystals are prone to melt. Remember, as with all salts, Himalayan salt can absorb water too. So make sure to keep them away from household moisture sources like showers, dishwashers and laundry washing machines.

It can be dangerous if the salt begins leaking onto the lamp holder. To avoid buying a substandard lamp holder, purchase a salt lamp that’s firmly connected to the base. It’s also ideal to find a salt lamp that has UL certification, which is an extra measure of safety assurance.

As with any lamp, always practice proper fire safety, including keeping it in a place where a child cannot pull it down or knock it over.

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Precautions to pet owners

Be aware if you own pets, cats love glowing light. Dogs are curious. Although pets can also enjoy the purer air benefits like us humans, animals are curious creatures.

Vets have warned pet owners about the dangers of owning Himalayan salt lamps after a woman said her cat almost died after licking the popular household item.

And finally

Himalayan salt lamps are a wonderful thing that can be very beneficial to your health. Just remember to practice caution when using.

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