This may seem like a fairly straightforward process, and indeed, thanks to the internet, it is remarkably simple. However, there are a few things you might want to take into consideration when buying a salt lamp.
How big do you want it?
This question is a crucial starting point. It can be so difficult to tell from the screen what size your salt lamp is. Is there that much of a difference between a 5kg lamp and a 7kg lamp? Well, the answer is, not a huge difference on the face of it, but if you have space for a bigger lamp and get a smaller one, there is always the chance that it will look a little pathetic, not to mention the fact that of course, bigger rooms contain more air, and it makes sense that a bigger salt lamp will give you more benefit than a smaller one.
Not only that, since these lamps are genuine objects of natural beauty, a larger lamp can be a focal point, a talking point for your room. It’s worth taking note of whether you have an electrical output near to where you would like to position your lamp. Are you going to need to buy an extension to get your perfect lighting arrangement?
How many do you want?
Salt lamps bring a unique and homely atmosphere to any room in the house, barring the bathroom. I suppose it might be nice to have a salt lamp in your bathroom if you have the space, but for me, they work best in living and sleeping areas. The benefits of these lamps are cumulative – the more you have, the more powerful the cleansing effect on your environment.
What’s your Style?
There are now many kinds of Himalayan Salt Lamps to choose from. Don’t feel like you just have to have the big lump of rock style lamp if that is not your thing. How about a Medieval-style brazier, with a cluster of glowing rocks looking like something the Lannisters might have knocking around in Game of Thrones (their’s would have to be magic rocks of course!).
You can get bowls of different sized rocks all gently lit and warmed from within, with the bowl itself crafted from the precious pink salt. It’s possible that this kind of arrangement is slightly more ionising than their big, chunky counterparts, as a collection of smaller rocks has a higher surface area of salt available to help cleanse the air.
What colour would you like it?
Himalayan Salt lamps are a bit like the Model T Ford, of which Henry Ford famously quipped, “You can have any colour you like as long as it’s black!”. In the case of Himalayan Salt lamps, you are limited to a spectrum of colour that ranges from pale pinky-orange to dark orangey-red. However, some suppliers will select a paler or darker lamp if you express a preference.
The most important thing to remember is that Himalayan Salt lamps are made from untreated rock salt, and as a result, every single one is completely different and unique. For me, this is part of their charm. Each lamp has its own character and shade, and each lamp presents several unique faces depending on which way you are looking at it. Don’t be alarmed if your lamp doesn’t look exactly like the one in the picture. Finding out what yours looks like is half of the fun of getting them through the post.