Quick Fact
The 250-million-year-old Himalayan salt crystals are extracted from the Khewra salt mines in Pakistan.
Made from chunks for crystal salt rocks, Himalayan salt lamps are indeed made of salt. These salt crystals have become increasingly popular in America and Europe because of their distinct orange-pink shade. When used as a lamp, a Himalayan salt crystal will fill the room with soft warm light. Some believe that this salt has powerful healing properties, which when used with fire or artificial light helps repel negative energy in the room and from the life of the user. Although not scientifically proven, it is widely believed that the minerals found in Himalayan salt ionize the air in the room after being brought in contact with heat. So much so for the supposed science behind it, they look very pretty nonetheless. And this Buzzle article discusses what to look for when buying a Himalayan salt lamp.

Choose the Right Himalayan Salt Color
It's the iron oxide present in the salt that lends it its reddish-pink hue. Not all Himalayan salt crystals are orange. In fact, pure white crystals are also extracted and made into lamps. While white salt lamps look exceptionally attractive, the downside to white Himalayan salt is that it is comparatively more brittle and vulnerable to shattering. Secondly, as compared to pink salt lamps, white ones are less popular because people find them to be too bright and mundane. Dark reddish salt lamps contain the most amount of iron oxide, and are exceptionally rare. Being really dark, red salt lamps do not emit much light, and are thus, not preferred much by customers. Orange and dark pink are, by far, the most sought-after shades among Himalayan lamps.

Pick the Right Shape
Mountain-shaped salt lamps are intended to appear as natural as possible, and they are carved by expert artisans in Pakistan. The mountain shape is widely considered to be the original shape of the Himalayan salt lamp. However, more artistically-shaped lamps, such as orbs, pyramids, eggs, angels, and fire bowls, are also crafted by a few manufactures. These variations are usually rarer to find and are more expensive because of the manufacturing process is time-consuming, and the equipment used is costly.

Consider the Weight and Size
Himalayan salt lamps are usually sold as per their weight, and are available in the following categories:
  • 1-5 lbs.
  • 6-8 lbs.
  • 9-11 lbs.
  • 13-17 lbs.
  • 30-40 lbs.
  • 40-50 lbs.
Since, manufacturing and shipping cost from Pakistan to America is also added to the final selling price of each lamp, these lamps become progressively more expensive depending on their weight.

Consider the Cord and Socket Fixtures
Perhaps the most important feature to check before buying or after receiving an order of Himalayan salt lamp is to check the electric fixtures at the base. Make sure that there is no gap between the base and salt lamp, look for fine cracks, black spots, and traces of artificial color on the body of the lamp, and ensure that the wooden base is not wobbly and is not damaged in any way. More importantly, make sure that the lamp comes with a good quality socket. Thereafter, ensure that the spring loaded or butterfly clips of the socket are not rusted, and do not jam on being tested. Some shabbily manufactured salt lamps have the salt crystal simply placed freely on the base! Although such lamps may seem easy to use because the bulb can be replaced easily, a freestanding crystal can easily fall and shatter, or injure a child, pet, or an unsuspecting guest.

Read the Fine Print
Ensure that you buy a salt lamp with a UL-approved fixture, so as to avoid buying a substandard product. Some manufacturers mislead customers by selling Himalayan salt lamps without their electrical fixture. Therefore, inquire beforehand from the seller to make sure you will receive the entire lamp on ordering the product.

So, introduce this natural wonder into your home, and enjoy the soothing and warm light of the Himalayan salt lamp.