I used this lamp as instructed, leaving on a few hours per day. Today I came home after the lamp had been completely off and it had turned on on its own (despite switch still being turned to off) and the lamp was leaking liquid onto the table. The dimmer switch was very hot to the touch. The lamp could not be turned off without unplugging it. I only had this lamp a couple of weeks.

It’s true! They’re called salt lamps or salt rock lamps, and yes, they’re actually made from pink Himalayan salt and are able to light your surroundings — but they’re really not bought for their moderate lighting abilities. There are major claims that a Himalayan salt lamp does much more than provide you with a pretty glow. Himalayan salt lamp benefits supposedly include decreasing air pollution, negative ions and electrosmog caused by electronic devices in addition to symptom reduction for people suffering from from asthma, allergies and other illnesses.
While not a “health benefit” at first glance, static is pesky stuff. It causes stress, embarrassment, and frustration. Static zaps you when you least expect it, as you’re reaching for a door handle, kissing your husband or wife before bed, or trying to pet your dog or cat. Static can give you a bad hair day, make it impossible to clean crumbs or coffee grounds off of the kitchen counter, and even cause you to accidentally go to work with a sock stuck to the back of your shirt…
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Now enjoy the radiant glim in the most organic way in your spa, near the bathtub, in your meditation room or bedroom. You can place this candle holder anywhere like on a coffee table, nightstand or in the window for a perfectly cozy and comfy feeling. These candle holders are blocks of pure Himalayan salt, which are rightly called vitamins of air. This all makes them great for creating a superbly relaxing environment.
To get the full benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps its generally recommended to leave the salt lamp turned on all the time, as the more you leave it on, the greater air ionizing and purifying effect it will have. The lamps are generally safe to leave on at all times, but if you plan on to leave your home for an extended period of time, for example if you go on vacation, then it’s best to unplug it until you return.
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This brings me to my next point. Atoms and molecules are less reactive when their valence electrons are organized in pairs. If they have an odd number of valence electrons, or if they have a few that are not paired together then they are called “free radicals” (Wikipedia). This does not mean that free radicals are only cations (positive ions). They can be cations, anions, or neutral. For example, neutral sodium atoms have one unpaired electron which can participate in chemical reactions with other elements, and Methylene (CH2), has two unpaired electrons on the central carbon atom. Free radicals are also not all bad. Wikipedia also states that free radicals play a key role in biology where they help to regulate the body. Usually when people talk about harmful free radicals they are referring to oxidants which loosely speaking are molecules which take away electrons from cell membranes, proteins, and DNA (cancer-causing mutations) in the human body. This is probably where the idea of free radicals being positive ions comes from because they like to steal electrons.

Himalayan pink salt has quickly risen in popularity due to its alleged healing properties and its unique aesthetic appeal. Whether you are buying spices from the grocery store, booking a spa treatment or shopping for home decor, you will probably come across the pink-orange salt. One of the most common uses of Himalayan pink salt is in table lamps that are often recommended for their alleged healing properties.
Taking a drive through the countryside with the windows down, spending time at the beach or camping in the mountains, or simply taking a shower first thing in the morning are all things that many people find invigorating. It’s not a coincidence that these are all activities which expose us to increased concentrations of negative ions such as those generated by Himalayan salt lamps. The fact is, positive ions sap our bodies of energy. Unfortunately, it’s all too common for us to try to diagnose the problem as something else entirely.
Himalayan salt lamps can be used as an aid in color therapy (chromotherapy), an alternative method of diagnosing and treating a large number of illnesses. They produce a soft light in hues of ambient orange, yellow and red that helps with stress, attention deficit disorder, and general relaxation, among others. The serene light is thought to balance physical, spiritual and emotional energies. 
[…] Many natural living advocates claim that the negative salt ions that are released by heating the salt can boost blood flow, improve sleep, increase levels of serotonin in the brain, and calm allergy or asthma symptoms. It has also been said that the negative ions are known to neutralize electromagnetic radiation from household electronics, as well as prevent the build up of static electricity. (source) […]
The negative ions in Himalayan salt lamps can help you breathe easier. Inside of our lungs are tiny hairs known as cilia which sweep away impurities. When these impurities are removed, we can breathe more easily. Many breathing problems are linked to tiny particles that are hard to remove with a broom or vacuum in our homes because in many cases, they are not even visible. Therefore, increasing the internal motion of the cilia can help screen out harmful particles that can make breathing difficult. Negative ions released by Himalayan salt lamps can help encourage the sweeping motion of these cilia.
Himalayan salt lamps are ideal for warmly illuminating your space, but also harbor healing qualities! The negative salt irons released by heating are said to help keep you calm, improve sleep, and increase levels of serotonin in the brain. Even when not in use, they add a natural touch to your ensemble, perfect for lodge-worthy living room looks and eclectic master suites alike. This one measures 7'' H x 7'' W x 7'' D.
Size: Tall round Salt lamp, WBM’s Pink Salt Nightlight is unique tall filled with 100% pure Himalayan Rock Salt Crystals. We make the best quality of the Himalayan Salt Lamps - salt crystals are hand mined in the Himalayan Mountains, especially handmade for uniqueness The Tall Round salt lamp is made of intertwined metal and features a black polished coated finish. Once lit the lamp will emit a calming Amber color The Himalayan salt lamp provides a pure and natural source of light, Great...

A few isolated studies have shown modest and equivocal effects from negative ionization. For instance, in 1981, researchers at the University of Surrey in England looked at the incidence of stuffiness, nausea, dizziness and headaches in people in an office environment. They found office air had fewer negative ions than is typical outside. So the team conducted a double-blind study and found that the reintroduction of ions reduced the incidence of these symptoms over a 12-week period. The findings were published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. A 1993 study published in the Journal of Human Ergonomics found that negative ions could slightly affect people's circadian rhythms, although they had no impact on anxiety or exercise levels.
In January of this year, Michael's issued a recall on some of their salt lamps sold under the Lumière brand. Rest assured, the issue and recall had nothing to do with the Himalayan salt itself but reported hazards with the dimmer switch and plug. If you’re looking to purchase a lamp, talk to the retailer and make sure it has been assembled properly and that the piece you’re interested in was not included in the recall.
We’ve had a salt lamp in the bedroom for many years, however we don’t know if it makes a significant difference or not. Shortly after purchasing it, the little “light” that was inside stopped working. I have never purchased anything that has this kind of light to last very long as the lights are very cheap and poor quality. So we always wonder if the salt lamp has any beneficial effects at all without the heat and light coming from the bulb inside.
Thanks to sites like this one,I bought 3 salt lamps. One that’s about a foot,and a half tall,with 2 smaller ones for: the master bedroom, living room,and home office. It’s been over 3 months now,and I feel they are keeping the air fresher/cleaner than my air purifier ever did. As for affecting our mood.I would say to some extent, yes due to the salt lamo’s warm glow. I always prefer,and use a dimmer for low light anyways. Trying to be “greener” by reducing emissions as much as possible. Drive a plugin car. At some point,I would love to install a battery wall, powered by solar.
There are two main types of salt lamps, both made from salt rocks mined in Pakistan near the Himalayas. One consists of a large chunk of pink salt crystal that has been hollowed out to make space for a light bulb. The other is a bowl made of wire, metal or even Himalayan pink salt filled with slightly smaller pink salt rocks with a light bulb placed underneath the salt crystals. When you turn the lamp on, the light shines through and between the salt crystals.

So yes, they’re beautiful, and you’re totally welcome to get one for that purpose. It’s just unlikely to provide any measurable medical benefits. But if you want one to add to your meditation routine or because it fits with your decor, go for it. “It’s a nice new-age prop to have,” Kogan says. “But also we have to be smart and not fall prey to marketing claims.”

I used this lamp as instructed, leaving on a few hours per day. Today I came home after the lamp had been completely off and it had turned on on its own (despite switch still being turned to off) and the lamp was leaking liquid onto the table. The dimmer switch was very hot to the touch. The lamp could not be turned off without unplugging it. I only had this lamp a couple of weeks.
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