Salt lamps are little beauties that have gained massive popularity recently. Salt lamps or commonly called Himalayan Pink Salt lamps are large pieces of pure Himalayan Salt with a small bulb inside.
These lamps offer a nice warm glow when lit and considered extremely beneficial for indoor air quality.
Himalayan salt lamps are made from pure, food grade, Himalayan salt crystals and can also be powdered to use as salt in recipes if needed.
These salts are believed to have therapeutic effects on the house and to the person in contact with these. They are known to cure several allergies and asthma, for uplifting mood and controlling mood disorders, it improves breathing pattern, helps in sleeping, purifies the air and even increases energy levels.
These lamps have been overly hyped in the past few years resulting in the selling of fake lamp salts. They are sold in the range of Rs.600-Rs 2500 depending upon the size and quality of the product.
A lot of articles are circulated challenging the authenticity and utility of these lamps but despite all of that, they still make a great business.
If you too own one of these lamps or plan to own one, read on these tips to differentiate between real and fake lamps.
1. Too much light is not good – Himalayan salt crystals typically range from medium pink to dark orange in colour. The salt is made up of various minerals and light from the lamp will always be uneven and it will always emit a soft glow. But, just in case, your lamp behaves the opposite and gives off a good amount of light which can illuminate the entire room, there are good chances that it is fake.
2. Moisture resistant – Himalayan pink salt lamps are known for absorbing moisture and any attached airborne particulate. These lamps then evaporate pure water pack out into the surrounding environment thus cleansing the air around them. This process is called hygroscopy.
So, if you live in a particularly moist region and your lamp has never sweated, it is a bad sign and your lamp might be a fake.
3. Clear but cheap – Majority of the Himalayan salt crystals usually display a warm pinkish or orange hue colour. While white Himalayan salt does exist but very rarely and therefore, white Himalayan salt lamps will be much more expensive than the common coloured varieties.
If you spot a lamp which has a white salt crystal, but the price isn’t significantly higher than other Himalayan pink salt lamps, this is a sure sign that the product isn’t genuine Himalayan pink salt.
4. Extremely durable – This is yet another important feature validating about the genuineness of your lamp. Himalayan pink salt lamps are extremely fragile. A lot of damages are likely to occur while shipping and improper handling. Accidental drops and bumping on another object also damage the salt crystals and they break out. If any of the above-mentioned incidents have occurred with your lamp and the lamp held up quite well, there are fair chances that the lamp is not real.
5. Weight says it all – It is seen and observed that salt lamps exceeding 20 pounds of weight do not emit great light. If your salt lamp is one bulky commodity but still e, its good light, this is a great sign of it being a fake.
6. No effect means fake – Last but not the least, these lamps are purchased for its known health benefits. if there’s been a while you are using these lamps but still not significant effects are seen, it’s possible that the lamp is fake.
The Himalayan salts literally do not mean the salt coming from the Himalayas. Real Himalayan pink salt is obtained from deep underground mines of Khewra, Pakistan. Khewra is the only place where true Himalayan pink salt is found. If you are sceptical about your lamp, make sure you check the salt crystal’s country of origin to determine if it is fake or real.