What Do Himalayan Salt Lamps Do and How Can They Work for You

I keep a Himalayan salt lamp on my desk at work and everyone who passes by does a double take to ask what it is and what it does.

So if you’re planning on having one, you need to know what Himalayan salt lamps do because you will be asked… and probably a whole lot!

Himalayan salt lamps release negative ions and the health benefits associated with those ions.  But what you may not quite understand is how the whole process works.

The more you know, the better you’ll understand the positive benefits that pink salt lamps can bring.

Once you understand the process and are ready to add one or a few to your living space, you need to know how and where to use them to get the benefits you want.

So let’s get started with how they work.

How do Himalayan salt lamps work?

Crystal salt is made primarily of negative ions  held together electrically.  When heated, the electrically bound sodium chloride  mineral splits into positive sodium and negative chloride ions.

The negative ions released attach to things like dust and smoke and thus purify the air.

The reason why many say that the air in the room is fresher is because you atmosphere experiences the same transformation that happens naturally to salt crystals in the ocean.  So you get that “fresh ocean air” effect.

 What size and how many should I get?

Himalayan salt lamps come in a variety of different size and shapes.  No two are exactly alike.

The best rule of thumb is that the large the room space, the bigger the lamp you should get.   Or you can go with multiple small salt lamps spread throughout the room.

I personally like to use several small ones.  I like the look of multiple lamps vs having just one big one.

Does the color matter?

Not really.

The only thing I would recommend from a color perspective is to try using a darker colored lamp where you sleep.  Especially if your lamp doesn’t have a dimmer.    That being said…

Should I get one with a dimmer or not?

The light may make it difficult for you to sleep if it’s too bright.  And if you’re ordering online, you may not get to choose the coloring of the lamp.  (No 2 salt lamps are alike)

In this case, I would suggest buying one with a dimmer.  That way you’ll have more control over the lighting.

Even with a dimmer, I blog the one in my bedroom with something in front of it so the light isn’t as bright.

How long do they last?

Well, the salt has lasted for millions of years in the Himalayan mountains.  And as long as you don’t put it in water, you’re might turn into a family heirloom for many many years to come!

You may want to get some replacement bulbs though.  You’re bulbs won’t last that long.  :-)

Should you leave it on all the time?

I personally leave mine on all the time.  The longer they run, the better the effects and release of the ions.

I know some who run theirs all day and turn them off at night so the light doesn’t disturb them.  It’s really a personal choice.

What about when I sleep?

Like I said before, see what works for you.  If the light is too bright, try a darker lamp or one with a dimmer.  Or you can place the lamp on the floor or under a piece of furniture that sits high of the ground so the light is obstructed but the ion release is not.

So that’s about it!

This should give you a pretty good foundation on what you should know about Himalayan salt lamps before you buy one or a few for your home.

Think about how you live and what makes the most sense for your environment and your family.

Check out this video with more info on what Himalayan salt lamps do and how they work.