Guide to Buying Himalayan Salt Lamps
12 Apr 2018
Check out our Himalayan Salt Lamp Buying Guide outlining 4 major factors when considering a Himalayan Salt Lamp. Know how to choose the proper Himalayan salt lamp color, size, shape, and quality. We want you to be informed when making your purchase. Himalayan salt crystal lamps are extremely beautiful accents to any home. When we here at the Himalayan Salt Shop decided to market these items, we initially did so simply because we found these products to be visually stunning. It wasn't until after speaking to those who introduced us to these lamps and candle holders that we were informed of their potential health benefits. According to various sources, Himalayan salt crystal lamps can benefit you in the following ways:
- Heat from the bulb or flame causes the salt to emit negative ions
- These negative ions bond with the pollutants in the air (positive ions) and neutralize them
- Also, the newly bonded ions become heavier and fall to the ground removing them from the air circulation
- In addition, these negative ions combat electro-smog caused by electronic devices operating in the home
- Symptoms from asthma, allergies, and other illnesses can also subside from the effects of these products
- Concisely, these products cleanse the air naturally and are extremely beautiful
Salt colors run in veins deep inside the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. The typical vein colors are white, pink, orange, and red. Therefore, the color of a Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamp depends on what vein it was mined from. Since these are natural products, salt color can not be guaranteed, but our lamps tend to be of an orange hue.
The following is important to remember:
White salt lamps are rare. Some people like white lamps because of their rareness and also because they emit maximum light. Others find them too bright and feel that they lack the milder ambience of the more common darker shades of Himalayan lamps.
Pink salt lamps fall between the white and orange color veins. Some vendors' lamps tend to be pinkish, as some customers like this color.
Orange salt lamps are usually the favorite among individuals. They seem to emit the warmest glow. They are not too bright and not too dark and are usually a sign of a quality crystal. They typically represent the perfect balance in a lamp. Our lamps tend to be orange-reddish, the perfect hue.
Red salt lamps can be attractive, but if they are too dark, they can block most of the light of the bulb and take away from the attractiveness of the lamp. Let it be known, however, that some people prefer darker lamps.
In addition to color being important for the shade of the lamp, it is also important in effecting mood. It is said that:
White - represents healing, cleansing, and detoxification
Pink - stimulates emotion, love, and sense of partnership
Orange - helps the nervous system and activates the kidneys and bladder
Red - promotes circulation and activates the heart
What size for what room?
The biggest differentiating factor of a salt lamp is its weight. Typically, the heavier the lamp, the bigger it is, and the broader its ionization properties. The bigger the room, the bigger the lamp should be. Let it be known, however, that in addition to size determining the efficiency of ionization, so does the number of lamps. Spreading multiple proper-sized lamps throughout a room will yield the most positive effect, as this will keep the ion flow in the air the most balanced and effective. Below you will find the weights of salt lamps that the Himalayan Salt Shop sells with their respective protection areas:
5-7 lbs. salt lamp -- 10x10 sq. feet (small bedroom)
9-11 lbs. salt lamp -- 12x12 sq. feet (large bedroom)
12-15 lbs. salt lamp -- 14x14 sq. feet (living room)
40-50 lbs. salt lamp -- 30x30 sq. feet (joined rooms & commercial spaces)
Sometimes it is best to purchase a package which includes multiple lamps so they can be spread out throughout the house for optimal beauty and ionization.
For more information see our Salt Lamp Size page.
Natural Shape Salt Lamps (pic. 1) - The most popular type. Natural shapes are usually preferred by customers because of their natural look. They represent the surface of the mountain from which they were excavated. Many like this unaltered look.
Crafted Shape Salt Lamps (pic. 2) - An example of a shaped lamp is the popular Bowl of Fire shown above. These special shapes add further character to the home and also look good when combined with the natural shapes throughout the home.
Things to look for in quality include how well the salt crystal is attached to the base (are there and gaps between the salt and the wooden base or major chips exposing the screws?) Also, how the light socket is inserted into the drilled hole in the bottom of the lamp is important. A quality lamp socket either has spring loaded clips on the side that apply pressure to the inside walls of the barrel in the lamp that are easily pulled out with a slight tug or butterfly clips on the side of the socket that snap into a metal ring. See pictures below.
Cord & Socket examples:
The first picture is of the spring-loaded cord and the second is of the butterfly cord. We sell all of our lamps with UL Listed spring-loaded cords (first picture). We feel that this is a superior cord, as this version allows the consumer to adjust the height of the light bulb within the lamp to his/her preference, which cannot be done with the butterfly cord.
Finally, to see a more in-depth explanation as to why we carry the highest quality Himalayan Salt Lamps on the market, see our "Why Buy From Us?" page.
Please note that the Himalayan Salt Shop provides everything you need should you decide to purchase a lamp with us. We give you a cord, a bulb, and a lamp with wooden base attached. When you receive your lamp from us, you have everything you need to use it immediately. We even individually box each lamp should you decide to give it as a gift.------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Why Buy A Himalayan Salt Lamp?
A Himalayan Salt Lamp is a great addition to any home, so the decision to buy a Himalayan salt lamp is usually a good one. The benefits are many. Aesthetically, a salt lamp will provide beautiful orange-reddish ambient lighting, creating a tranquil, soothing surrounding to make your home feel even more cozy. More importantly, salt lamps also offer many health benefits. These benefits include air purification, odor elimination, and better mood. Let’s look at each benefit individually.
Firstly, if you buy a Himalayan salt lamp you can expect to be breathing cleaner air. The Himalayan salt, once heated by the bulb in the lamp, naturally emits negative ions which travel throughout the air of the room the lamp is placed in. These negative ions neutralize the positively charged ions in the air. Pollutants are positively charged ions, so once they come in contact with the negative ions, their negative effects on your respiratory tract are eliminated and they fall to the floor and out of air circulation. These pollutants that are eliminated include dust, dander, smoke, mold spores, pollen, and even electro-smog which is electronic air pollution caused by various devices in the home.
Secondly, if you buy a Himalayan salt lamp you can expect your indoor air to smell better. Yes, Himalayan salt lamps add a scent to your air that reminds some of being by the sea. This sensation is ameliorated by having a Himalayan Lamp in each room of the house, thereby creating a fresh scent throughout the home and also assuring that each room has high quality clean air to breathe.
Finally, if you buy a Himalayan salt lamp you can expect to feel happier! It’s true, many have reported that having these lamps throughout their home has improved their overall mood. The warm ambient glow of a salt lamp creates a calm, peaceful atmosphere that promotes relaxation. So what are you waiting for? Buy a Himalayan salt lamp today!