Best Salt Lamps: The 3 Must-Have Features to Look for

Best Salt Lamps: The 3 Must-Have Features to Look for

May 24, 2017

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Himalayan salt has been around forever. Households in Pakistan have been using this stuff for centuries. Although Himalayan salt ranges exist in a few other part of the world (Iran and Poland), only Pakistan actually excavates this salt. They sell it under the name of "himalayan salt". Hence, all himalayan salt comes from Pakistan. If your himalayan salt lamp was made anywhere other than Pakistan then it is probably fake. Here are some other features to look for in the best salt lamps. 

 1. Salt Sweat

Himalayan salt by its nature is hygroscopic. This means it pulls the moisture from the air around it. This is, in fact, how it cleans the air around it. Hence, as this pulled moisture from the air accumulates, it starts to accumulate on the surface of the lamp. This is in fact the best proof that  your lamp is made of himalayan salt. This is referred to as “sweating”. This is a sure sign that your lamp is authentic.

 2. Himalayan Salt Mines:

Himalayan salt comes from 5 salt mines in Pakistan.  The himalayan salt mines are listed here:

Khewra Salt Mines

White, Pink and Red

Warcha Salt Mines

Generally white and pink

Kalabagh Salt Mines

 

White and Pink

Jatta Salt Mines

white, light to dark grey

Bahadur Khel / Karak Salt Mines (Kohat)

 

light grey to dark grey

best salt lampOf the five, only Khewra, Kalabagh and Warcha have salt that is can be used to make Himalayan Salt Lamps. Although Khewra is the oldest of the three, It is also the source of the worst quality of salt for making himalayan salt lamps. Most himalayan salt lamps that are currently found on the internet in general are made from himalayan salt from Khewra as this salt is much cheaper to buy. Often manufacturers in Pakistan make false claim that the salt they are providing is from Warcha or Kalabagh, when in reality the salt is actually from Khewra.

 

This article analyzes the composition of salt found at Khewra salt mines. The researchers in the article mention this “insoluble” matter. These are solutes particles that disrupt the structural integrity of the himalayan salt crystals. As such, these impurities that makes Khewra salt bad for making salt lamps. They make the lamp more likely to crumble. A good crystal is something that is pure. Think of the Himalayan salt molecules as building blocks. A good lamp structure would be made when these building blocks (individual himalayan salt particles) stack on top of each other to form a solid structure. The "insoluble" matter found in Khewra salt acts to create holes in the building block (or himalayan salt in our case) structure making a lamp that crumbles easily and will turn into a mess over time. Khewra salt is only good for making natural salt lamps (stuff that is literally just a piece of rock with a bulb in the center). You cannot make beautiful carved pieces out of it. 

3. Components

A. Screws:

Make sure your lamp contains stainless steel screws. As stated above, himalayan salt lamp attracts water. Water combined with the salt makes for an environment that is perfect for rust. Most lamps on the internet contain screws that will rust and make the salt component prone to breaking off from the base.

B. Plastic anchors

These are used to hold the salt component of the lamp to the wooden base. Manufacturers in Pakistan often use cheap, low grade recycled plastic. This plastic is very weak and will cause the salt component to easily come loose from the wooden base.

C. Wooden base

Most lamps currently on the market use wood that comes from mango trees. This wood is very poor quality, and break easily. Make sure the lamp you buy is made from high quality wood.

 D. Salt lamp cords

This is perhaps the most important point. A lot of manufacturers in Pakistan provide cords that are extremely unsafe to use. They are made of cheap components that can be a potential fire hazard.  Make sure the lamp you buy comes with a UL certified cord. UL is a company that certifies electrical components as safe for consumer use after putting them through hundreds of rigorous test. Most electronics in your home are probably already contain UL certified components. Make no exception when buying a salt lamp!

At Hazantree, all our lamps are made of himalayan salt sourced from Kalabagh Salt mines, and contain stainless steel screws and premium grade plastic anchors. We use a high quality wood base that has been custom made by our designers to make the rock jut out from the wooden platform. The wood base is finished with a dark, rich stain that makes the beautiful, himalayan rock pop out. UL certified cords are standard in all our lamps. Click here to check out our full assortment of the best lamps that the Himalayas have to offer.

 

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