Himalayan Salt Lamps – Questions and Answers
Q: Do Salt Lamps reduce in size or lose their ionizing effect over time?
A: No, as long as you do not place them in water, over time Salt lamps will not reduce in size or lose their ionizing effect.
Q: How do they ionize?
A: Crystal salt is one of the few minerals whose atomic structure is bound electrically, not molecularly.
This characteristic of the mineral structure enables the crystal to change back and forth from crystalline to liquid state.
The gentle heat of the lamp in the salt crystal creates a higher surface temperature than the surrounding air. This attracts the water molecules in the cooler surrounding air. The natural humidity in the air condenses on the crystal’s surface. This enables the electrically bound sodium chloride mineral to split into independent (positive) sodium and (negative) chloride ions.
This natural ionization creates an electric charge. After the water molecules evaporate again, the sodium and chloride ions turn back into their crystalline mineral form. When the sun heats up our largest natural salt solutions, the oceans, it generates the natural energy vibration of which our entire global environment consists. Salt crystal creates exactly the same natural energy field. Scientifically speaking, this natural ionization process takes place millions of times, invisible to the eye, and without any influence to the quality of the crystal. Similar to the concept whereby tree leaves absorb dangerous dioxides and transform them into essential oxygen, without damaging the plant.
The atomic structure of crystal salt contains more negative, chloride ions than positive, sodium ions which result in the emission of negative ions during the natural ionization process. Negative ions become dust collectors, attaching themselves to positively charged dust particles and cigarette smoke, purifying the circulating indoors air from dust, bacteria and pollutants.
Q: What size must a Salt Lamp be to give the best results?
A: For a room size of 20 square metres, a lamp of about 2-3kg, for 30 square meters 3-4kg, 44 square meters a lamp of about 4.5-5.5kg, for 70 square meters 7-9kgs to get the optimum result. You can use several small lamps or tea lights instead as long as they amount to the same respective weight.
Q: Should I keep my Salt Lamp on all the time?
A: To get the best effect, keeping the lamp on as long as possible is recommended. Leaving any electrical unit unattended is not advised.
Q: Does the electric bill go up if the lamps stay on all the time?
A: The Lamps come with a 15 watt bulb and from my experience with them; I have not noticed the electric bill go up, even with several of them staying lit all the time.
Q: I have tasted salt on my lips by having the salt lamp in my house, is this normal? I actually love it and feel like it has helped me lose weight and have much more energy.
A: We have had a few people tell us that when they have a humidifier or water fountain in their homes next to the salt lamp, they can taste the salt.
Q: I was wondering if you have any studies that detail the quantity of negative ions the lamps produce depending on the size and light?
A: Every lamp emits negative ions. Depending on the size, how each lamp heats, produces a different amount of negative ions. Each lamp heats differently and thus producing different results. We recommend larger lamps or several lamps for larger spaces.
I’ve received a gift of your beautiful Salt lamp and am wondering why it has to be lit to emit negative ions. Whether found in the Himalayas or elsewhere, they are not lit in their natural surroundings and they are said to have the same great health effects.
Also, will they work as well with a 4 watt bulb or with the newer energy efficient bulbs currently available? I ask both these questions because I have a concern around energy use as it applies to the earth’s dwindling resources.
Our Lamps have been tested lit and unlit by two separate testing devices. Lit and unlit they produce negative ions. When lit, the negative ion count and energy has shown to be much higher. The emission of ionization is primarily caused by the alternating actions of the salt’s ability to first absorb water, and then evaporate it. To explain this more precisely, the heated salt crystal attracts the water molecules from the ambient air to its surface. The salt goes into a solution as it mixes with the water molecules. Sodium, as the positively charged ion, and chloride, as a negatively charged ion, becomes neutral and are emitted back into the environment.
Yes, using a lower wattage bulb is fine and recommended for sleeping with the lamp at night. Energy efficient bulbs can be used if the correct size is available.
Q: Is it safe to have the lamp on all night while I sleep on the night stand? This is my first salt lamp.
A: We do recommend leaving the lamp on as long as possible. Just like any electrical unit, leaving it unattended is not advisable.
The most convenient and environmentally friendly way to add healthy negative ions to your own environment is to use natural crystal salt lamps. Not only do our customers find the light of our salt lamps to be quite soothing, but the negative ions given off by the lamps are the same wonderful ions we smell in the air after a thunderstorm. These ions have a refreshing and energizing effect, helping to purify the air and thereby benefit the people and pets breathing that air. Salt lamps are being used worldwide in holistic spas and medical treatment center’s for various respiratory conditions.
How and where to use my Salt Lamp?
Simply plug in and turn on your lamp in rooms that you have a lot of appliances.
- Place in the bedroom to counteract dust that may cause asthma, allergy, or other respiratory symptoms.
- Use in your office to counteract emissions from computers and monitors etc, help increase concentration, boost work productivity, reduce fatigue.
- Placing in the lounge or family room keeps the air fresh and clean to produce a relaxing harmonizing atmosphere
- Use in therapy or waiting room to create relaxing stress free area to reduce fatigue and or anxiety
- Place it near someone suffering from allergies and/or sinus problems.
- Keeps the air fresh and clean in any room
- Use it as a comforting lamp by your child’s bedside or for someone who is unwell and confined to bed.
- For use in any room you would like the quality of air improved. The wonderful glow of crystal adds a beautiful harmonizing ambience.
Use and care of the Salt Lamp
These Himalayan salt lamps are rock like in structure and are very durable. By following a few simple steps you can keep your salt lamp looking great for many years. The lamps ionising effect will never end while plugged in.
- Cleaning— if your lamp becomes dusty, gently wipe down with a damp cloth. Don’t wash with water as it dissolves the salt
- Placement—Any room that does not have excessive moisture will be suitable. Eg: not the bathroom or outside.
- When not in use—Store is a plastic bag to stop the lamp pooling water.
Don’t place on top of TV or electrical appliances. Nearby is better suited.