We answers some of the common questions about the care and use of Himalayan rock salt lamps. From what size to use, to how to clean and maintain your rock lamp.
Q: What is Himalayan Rock Salt?
A: Himalayan Rock Salt was deposited over 250 million years ago by an ancient sea called Tethys, that once separated India, then an island, from the Asian continent. It is considered to be one of the purest forms of rock salt on Earth.
A: What size lamp should I buy?
Q: The bigger the lamp the greater its effect.
|Lamp size||Weight in kg||Room type|
|Rock Baby||1||Nursery or small bedroom|
|Small||2-3||Small bedroom, hall or home office|
|Medium||3-4||Medium bedroom or study|
|Medium/Large||4-6||Large bedroom, study or kitchen|
|Large||6-8||Lounge room or kitchen|
Q: Will my lamp look like the one on your website?
A: No, each lamp is hand carved from natural salt crystals. It’s pattern, texture, shape and colour will vary somewhat due to the varying structure of the salt crystal and the hand crafting process. So no lamp will ever be the same.
Q. Why does the salt have a Orange/Pink colouring?
A: Unlike processed table salt, Himalayan Rock Salt is natural in all forms & has a pinkish colouring due to the minerals & trace elements found within. In 2003 the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety analysed 15 specimens of Himalaya salt sold in Germany and detected at least ten different minerals, in addition to sodium chloride (98%).
Q: Should I keep my lamp on all the time?
A: To get the full benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps its generally recommended that you leave your salt lamp turned on 24/7. For the Rock Baby Night Light, our supplier suggests that be used as required and be turned off when you leave home.
Q: Do your lamps come with globes & power cords?
A: Yes, all of our Salt Lamps come with a globe & power cord pre-installed.
Q: Where does it come from?
A: Himalayan Rock Salt comes from the Khewra Salt Mine, the second-largest salt mine in the world, located in Khewra, Jhelum District, Punjab, Pakistan in the foothills of the Salt Range, about 300 km from the Himalayas, 160 km from Islamabad, and 260 km from Lahore.
Q: Do they cost much to run?
A: A medium sized Salt Lamp, left on for a month, costs approximately $1.
Q: Is Himalayan Rock Salt common used for anything else?
A: Himalayan Rock Salt is commonly used in cooking, in place of other table salt, in brine, and for bath products such as bath salts. Blocks of salt are also used as serving dishes and in the preparation of food, as can be seen in some top restaurants. Fish and some meats can be preserved for use in certain dishes. Blocks of salt can also be slowly heated to a temperature of around 200 Celsius and then used as a cooking surface.
Q: What trace elements can be found in Himalayan Rock Salt?
A: Approximatly 84: Hydrogen, lithium, beryllium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, fluoride,, sodium, magnesium, aluminium, silicon, phosphorus, sulphur, chloride, calcium, scandium, titanium, vanadium, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, gallium, germanium, arsenic, selenium, bromine, rubidium, strontium, yttrium, zirconium, niobium, molybdenum, ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, cadmium, indium, tin, antimony, tellurium, iodine, caesium, barium, lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium, hafnium, tantalum, tungsten, rhenium, osmium, iridium, platinum, gold, mercury, thallium, lead, bismuth. polonium, astatine, francium, radium, actinium, thorium, protactinium, uranium, neptunium and plutonium.
Salt lamps work well in most conditions, however as salt is hygroscopic (absorbs moisture from the air) salt lamps should not be used outdoors or in areas of high humidity such as bathrooms. Nor should they be placed next to water features, fish tanks, evaporative coolers etc.
If your lamp becomes dusty, gently wipe down with a damp cloth. Don’t wash with water as this will dissolve the salt. If your lamp gets wet, switch off the power source, remove the cord and bulb and dry with a cloth. You may lightly use a scorer on excessive dirt. Then allow the lamp to dry naturally (indoors) or by replacing the globe and cord and activating the lamp.
As with any electrical device, if you believe that water may have entered the socket, switch, or power cable, proceed with caution. Switch off the lamp at the wall and replace the cord and globe immediately.
When not in use (one week in non humid conditions, one day in humid or tropical), consider storing your lamp in a plastic bag to help prevent weeping or sweating.
Salt lamp globes keep best if the lamp is in a stationary position and not subject to vibration. If the globe fails often, please check that it is screwed in firmly and that it is not touching the surface of the lamp.
Take care when placing salt lamps on delicate surfaces, particularly if you have a lamp with a stone base.
The key rules for salt block cooking success:
A salt block is not a factory-fresh steel skillet, it is a natural crystal and requires special treatment and care.
Disclaimer: Cooking on salt blocks poses risks. If you wish to cook with one, please understand that you assume all responsibility. The supplier of this product is not responsible for any damages, injury, or loss related to the use of Himalayan salt products.