So, you’re considering buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp, but have no idea what to look out for?
Yes, don’t worry, I totally get it! – Been there, done that!
Given all the conflicting information about different brands and what to look out for, it can be really difficult making a final decision on which salt lamp is going to be best for you.
Himalayan Salt Lamps are awesome because they not only look beautiful as natural home decor, but also promote a relaxing ambience and have proposed healing properties.
But, before you buy, there are 5 things you should really know and consider. I’m going to cover these in detail below, as well a few different brands I can recommend you to check out.
1. REAL vs FAKE Himalayan Salt Lamps
Yes this is actually a thing….
Given the increasing popularity of Himalayan salt lamps, some people have decided to take advantage of the trend and sell fake salt lamp replicas.
This kind of behaviour really busts my bubble…AND makes the purchase decision so much harder! After all, no one wants to get stuck with a dud!
When buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp, you want to ensure that you’re purchasing it from a trusted supplier who provides a guarantee and has credibility.
In the article above, I also provide a review of 4 popular Himalayan Salt Lamp brands on Amazon. This gives you some additional guidance and direction regarding what to look out for and also some trusted brands to buy from.
I personally own these 2 brands:
- Levoit’s Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp
- Smagreho Himalayan Salt Lamp (Lamp looks good, but the chord and globe quality was pretty shitty…)
The Levoit Himalayan Salt Lamp is by FAR better quality of the two, but both still work pretty well. Ensure to check out the article above for some good brand recommendations.
2. What Size Do You Want?
You can get Himalayan Salt Lamps in a variety of different sizes. This is great because it means that you have a ton of choice when it comes to choosing a lamp to suit a desired room or location.
Most recommend that the size of your salt lamp should be proportional to the size of the room it will be in. Especially if you’re wanting to purify a large or frequently used room to ensure good coverage.
You can also buy 2 or more different salt lamps and have them in a larger room rather than one super-sized salt lamp.
If for a smaller room, you can probably get away with a smaller lamp.
In general, the bigger the Himalaya Salt Lamp the greater the perceived benefits you’ll receive because larger lamps generally radiate and generate more negative ions.
3. What Shape Do You Prefer?
When buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp there are many different shapes you can get.
You can look for:
A) Natural / Organic Looking Shape
This is typically the most popular style.
Natural and organic looking Himalayan Salt Lamps are hand-crafted chunks of salt. They aren’t usually symmetrical which means no two lamps are ever the same.
The salt lamp I own personally (The Levoit Himalayan Salt Lamp) is a natural / organic shape and it looks really pretty (as shown on the right).
B) Specific Shapes (Sphere, Pyramid, etc)
You can also get Himalayan Salt Lamps which have been moulded and carved into specific shapes.
Some different shapes that tend to be quite popular include spheres, pyramids and obelisks. Apparently, you can even get heart-shaped versions now too….
These shapes can work really well if:
- You’re wanting your salt lamp to look a certain way to suit the décor of your house
- It’s going to be a gift for someone
- Or you want something a bit different
C) Carved into a Bowl with additional Salt Chunks
You can also find Himalayan Salt Lamps which have been moulded into a bowl shape filled with smaller chunks of salt. Here is an example you can look at to give you a better understanding of what I mean.
I don’t believe there is much difference between the effectiveness of Salt Lamps based on their shape. So it’d probably best to choose a salt lamp based on your own preferences of what you like.
D) Salt Lamp Candle Holders
If you like candles or want something that doesn’t require electricity, you may prefer a Himalayan Salt Lamp Candle Holder over the lamp style.
These salt tea-light candle holders can come in a range of shapes, with the most popular ones being cylinder-shape.
As shown, there are many different forms that Himalayan Salt Lamps come in. I personally like the look of the natural salt lamps because I think they look really cool. But you may have your own preferences.
It can also depend on the decor in your house. If you have a really modern house, then maybe a shaped rock could look cool? But it really just depends on your personal situation.
4. Where Are You Going to Put It?
When deciding where you’re going to position your salt lamp there are a few things to keep in mind including:
A) How to Find The Right Location
Himalayan Salt lamps can really “shine” in any room…but in most cases, they are best placed in rooms you use a lot or like to relax in.
For example, your bedroom or in your living room.
In general, you should try to have your salt lamp turned on regularly, to promote the release of negative ions and also prevent the lamp from sweating (explained more below).
Balancing out the positive ions released by technology appliances is good because this helps to counter the negative effects of electromagnetic radiation.
Another tip is to avoid positioning your lamp in rooms that attract a lot of moisture – eg. bathrooms, kitchens and laundries.
Otherwise, you may end up with a puddle of water on your furniture which isn’t ideal…
B) Choosing the Right Surface
A key thing to know about Himalayan Salt Lamps is that you DO NOT want to place it directly on surfaces that are wooden or delicate.
If you’re going to cry over a piece of furniture becoming marked from your salt lamp, I’d avoid putting your salt lamp on it entirely.
The reason for this is that REAL Himalayan Salt Lamps have the tendency to sweat (leak water molecules), especially if not turned on regularly to allow the water molecules to evaporate.
This sweating can occasionally leave salt rings on your furniture, if not protected. That’s why it’s important to have a buffer (Eg. a Coaster) between your furniture and the salt lamp.
Why Does a Himalayan Salt Lamp Sweat?
“Sweating” simply relates to how salt lamps attract moisture from the air. This can cause them to feel damp and/or leave a ring of moisture at their base if there is high humidity in the air.
Many salt lamps have an in-built wooden stand or legs to prevent direct contact with your furniture and therefore marking on furniture.
But even so, when buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp I’d suggest placing your lamp on a coaster or something that can act as a buffer between the lamp and your furniture, to absorb any random water leakage.
5. Himalayan Salt Lamp Maintenance & Safety
The great thing about both Himalayan Salt Lamps and Candle Holders is that they require very little maintenance. You can practically buy one, set it and forget it!
You may need to replace a light bulb or candle every now and again, but you will be able to source these easily and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
If you will be going away on a holiday or will not be using the lamp for a while, it is suggested that you wrap the lamp up or disconnect from the power point. Just in case of any sweating….
Obviously, it can be dangerous if water starts leaking onto the chord or into the light globe holder.
As we all know, water and electricity do not mix!!
To prevent any electrical issues, it’s best to buy a salt lamp that enables you to firmly connect the lamp holder to the lamp globe base and that has a UL certification for safety purposes.
You should also have any chords out of reach from children to ensure they don’t accidentally knock the lamp or pull it down from your furniture.
Given salt lamps can be really heavy, they could do a lot of damage if they fall on someone from a height.
They could also smash into pieces, which would be absolutely devastating.
So there you go….5 key considerations and things to look out for when buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp.
Where to Next? Buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp.
As mentioned earlier, here’s an article I wrote on simple ways to tell the difference between a fake and real Himalayan Salt Lamp.
In this article, I also recommend some good Himalayan Salt Lamp brands you can check out when buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp, if that’s something you’re interested in.
Happy shopping! xx