Frequently Asked Questions About Salt Lamps
Whether you’re looking to find relief from light allergies and asthma, or you’re just looking for a unique supplemental lighting source, a salt lamp might just be the solution. However, you probably have some questions before deciding if it’s the right choice for your home. Keep reading to find out some of the most common questions we receive about salt lamps.
Which Salt lamp is better-Pink or white?
White Himalayan salt has a low iron content in the crystal. 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.. As a Salt Lamp, white Himalayan Salt has the same healing properties, when heated it releases negative ions which purifies the surrounding air. The benefits differ a little bit, and so does the light and intensity which it emits.
How Does a Salt Lamp Work?
Himalayan salt lamps are typically available as either a single salt crystal lamp or baskets filled with multiple crystal chunks. Either lamp you choose is heated the same way. A light bulb is used to heat the lamp and light your space. As Himalayan salt is heated, it has been reported to provide 2 unique health benefits.
- Hygroscopy: Himalayan salt is a hygroscopic substance, meaning that it attracts water from its surroundings. The salt draws in water molecules, and the irritants and allergens found in it, from your indoor air. When the salt is heated by the light bulb the water then evaporates back into the air but the trapped particles remain inside of the salt.
- Ionization: Salt lamps have been shown to naturally release negative ions. When these ions are released, they attach to positive ions in your air like allergens, odors, and other common household particles. The positive and negative ion connection creates a particle that is too heavy to remain in the air, allowing it to fall to the floor where it’s picked up during routine cleaning.
What Are the Benefits of a Salt Lamp?
From air cleaning to supplemental lighting, salt lamps have a myriad of benefits including:
- Natural Air Cleaning: Through its emission of natural negative ions and since Himalayan salt is a hygroscopic substance, it’s a great natural air cleaning option for light allergy and asthma relief.
- Supplemental Lighting: Whether used as a bedside light, placed on a desk, or on another surface, salt lamps are a source of gentle, supplemental lighting.
- Creates Soothing Environments: Unlike traditional lighting, salt lamps emit a gentle orange or amber glow. This glow helps to create a more calming space and is the perfect choice for use as a night light.
Where Should You Place a Salt Lamp?
Salt lamps are great for any room where you desire cleaner indoor air. Place it on a counter, shelf, bedside table, or other surface. Plug it in and let it get to work. Some rooms where these lamps work best include:
- Living Rooms
What Size Room Does a Salt Lamp Clean?
A good general rule of thumb when it comes to salt lamps is that for every 1 pound of salt you’ll be able to clean 16 square feet of space. This makes them highly beneficial for smaller rooms. For example, if your lamp weighs around 15 pounds, it should clean a room up to 240 square feet.
What makes these natural air cleaners so great is that they’re extremely affordable products. If you find you want to clean larger areas, you can place multiple lamps in different spots around the room to provide the coverage that you need.
How long will the salt lamp last and will it expire?
Salt is a mineral, never expires. The longevity of these salt lamps is forever, provided it does not break or melts. Proper care and maintenance go a long way, and it applies to the salt lamp too. The bulb needs to be changed from time to time, the lamp should be clean, and it should be away from moisture.
These lamps don’t have an expiry date, so you don’t need to worry about it going bad!
Do They Require a Maintenance?
Himalayan salt lamps are extremely simple to clean and maintain. All you need is a damp cloth or sponge to clean the lamp every couple of weeks. Routine upkeep is pretty easy too. Most likely outside of cleaning the only maintenance your lamp will ever require is a quick change of the light bulb periodically.
What Features Should I Look For?
Most salt lamps all work relatively the same way. However, there are a few features that you might want to look for before deciding on the best option for you.
- Dimmable: Some models feature a rotary dimmer that allows you to adjust the lamp’s brightness. This is a great feature if you’re looking to use the lamp as a night light.
- Dimensions: Depending on the location you’re planning on using it in, you’ll want to make sure the lamp is compact enough to fit.
- Reach: Be sure to check out its power cord length to make sure it can reach your electrical outlets.
- Safety Certification: Look for certifications, like ETL approval, that shows the product has been independently tested and verified for safety.
Why does salt lamp ‘sweat’?
Salt should always be stored in a cool and dry area. Otherwise, it starts dissolving and gets moist. The same applies to the salt lamp too. It should be kept away from hot and humid areas, and enclosed places which are prone to heat. Keeping your salt lamp switched on prevents it from sweating. When not in use, it should be neatly packed in the air-tight packet and stored away. Do not ever immerse your lamp in water, or it will slowly melt away!
The salt lamp should never be exposed to any source of water, and when required to be cleaned, it should either be patted dry, or a moist cloth should be used to clean the accumulated dust.
Does the lamp need to be switched on to work?
The lamp usually consists of a bulb which has heating properties. Heat helps in effective functioning of the salt. Hence, the lamp does need to be switched on to work. The negative ions of the salt are released only when the lamp is on. The salt lamp also tends to ‘sweat’ if it is not switched on, and this may affect the salt lamp.
My children keep licking my Lamp? Why and will it hurt them?
Children and animals are more sensitive to their surroundings and are more in-tune to what their bodies need and are lacking in. If your children or your pets are licking your salt lamp it is perfectly safe. Himalayan Mineral Salt is rich in over 80 trace elements and minerals that our bodies need. Himalayan Salt is also anti-bacterial and doesn’t harbour any bacteria or germs. Remember everything in moderation though.
Is There Anything Else to Know?
Since salt draws in moisture, turning the lamp on so that it heats and evaporates the water is an extremely important part of the process. Extended periods of time without heat may cause water to pool on your surface. If you’re planning on being away from the home on vacation or for another extended period of time, you might want to unplug the lamp and wrap it in a plastic bag to prevent this.