Saturday, April 12, 2008

Himalayan Salt Lamp Buying Guide

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

We are not scientists and cannot say with certainty that these reported characteristics are absolutely true, but neither can we dispute them. We have received many calls and emails from customers insisting that many of their allergy and asthma symptoms, even sleep apnea disorders, have subsided after having purchased a lamp. Once again, we are attracted to the aesthetic beauty of these natural products, but we are also intrigued by what we are hearing from our customers.


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.

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 can be attractive, but beware if the lamp is too light of a shade of pink and if it is brittle and/or if it has dark or black marks on it. This can be an indication that the lamp is mined from an inferior section of the earth and not from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Stay with darker shades of pink, as it is typically an indication of a better lamp.

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.

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 for their bedroom, so they are not disturbed by the light when they sleep and they can leave it on all night to enjoy its ionizing effects.

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


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:

4-5 lb. salt lamp -- 8x8 sq. feet (work cubicle)

6-8 lb. salt lamp -- 10x10 sq. feet (small bedroom)

9-11 lb. salt lamp -- 12x12 sq. feet (large bedroom)

12-15 lb. salt lamp -- 14x14 sq. feet (living room)

30-40 lb. salt lamp -- 20x20 sq. feet (recreational room)

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.


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 unadulterated look.

Special 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 look great 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 two pictures are of spring loaded clips (pic.1 spring loaded capped, pic. 2 spring loaded open). The third and last picture shows the butterfly clip with ring assembly.

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.

We here at the Himalayan Salt Shop took great care and effort in providing you, our customer, with this guide. We hope you found it helpful. Be sure to visit us at Have a healthy day!

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