14 Pros and Cons of Himalayan Salt Lamps

Himalayan salt lamps, whatever shape or size, add an absolutely magical touch to any room.

However, before you buy one, there are some things that you might like to prepare yourself for. Below are some of the pros and cons – as we see them.

Some of the Pros Include the Following:

They Look Absolutely Stunning

Wow, I’ll honestly never forget the first time I placed switched mine on the corner of my desk one evening and switching it on. The glow was otherworldly and I genuinely felt more at ease.

The orange glow looks especially mesmerizing in the evenings outdoors on garden tables or indoors in bedroom corners.

They’re Made from Natural Materials

Their bases are almost always made from wood. Some of the more modern designs might incorporate elements of metal and plastic in their designs but most classic Himalayan salt lamps have simple wooden bases.

They May Help Your Children Get off to Sleep

These lamps are relaxing for everyone; adults and children alike.

There Are so Many Designs to Choose From

If you aren’t a fan of the classic shape they come in, you can opt for a lamp in the shape of a sphere, egg, pyramid, cat… The designs available are virtually limitless – and all ultimately have the same health benefits and provide the same beautiful warm orange glow.

They also come in various sizes. A very large, 10-12kg lamp, for example, would make a gorgeous, low-cost living room feature piece. Smaller, 1-3kg lamps are better suited to desks, dressing tables, and bedside tables.

They Emit Negative Ions

This is such a good thing. Negative ions are supposed to counteract the negative effect that positive ions have on our bodies. Negative ions are usually found in abundance in natural materials and outdoors in nature such as in forests, parks, and near waterfalls.

When the lamps have been on for a while and are quite warm, they release negative ions which help to cleanse our surrounding environments and help us to feel more peaceful and balanced.

Remember that the larger the lamp, the more negative ions they will release.

They’re Great When Entertaining

Lighting can be important when trying to create a relaxing atmosphere for your guests. A few large, 7-9kg lamps dotted around a dining room or living room can help to create a soothing ambiance.

Some of the Cons Include the Following:

They Leak Water in Damp Areas

They attract water in the surrounding air and this can cause them to look like they’re leaking water. Pools of water can form underneath them, and we all know that water and electricity are a very bad mix.

To avoid them absorbing large amounts of water, keep them in dry rooms and avoid bathrooms and kitchens.

Splinters from Their Bases

This may sound like an odd point, but it can happen as it’s possible to get a splinter from any wooden surface. The bases are usually sanded and therefore safe but look out for any damaged areas that your children or pets could get splinters from, especially after they’ve been dropped. 

There Are Many Fakes on the Market

This is something to look out for as you obviously won’t receive any of the purported health benefits if your lamp is a fake.

How can you spot a fake? The truth is that this can be pretty tricky, but if they look almost perfect and NOT like they’ve been chiseled off a larger lump of salt, they might not be real. They will also never sweat as fake Himalayan salt lamps are usually made from table salt, which simply doesn’t attract and absorb water as Himalayan salt does.

They Can Be a Little Costly to Run

They usually take oven bulbs and these aren’t energy saving. The more lamps you have, the more bulbs you’ll

They Can Break Quite Easily

Despite seeming fairly robust being remarkably heavy, the lamps, especially when wet, can break. Some buyers have left reviews online saying upon unpacking their lamps upon receiving them, are finding them broken in one or more pieces.

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The Bulbs Need Changing Quite Often

This is another little drawback. The bulbs never seem to last very long. Also, hardware and DIY stores don’t tend to carry the bulbs these lamps take so you’ll have to buy your replacements online. 

They Might Be Toxic to Pets

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And especially to cats.

This is a big one and the main reason many pet owners decide against owning Himalayan salt lamps. But here’s the thing, they’re only toxic if your pet licks the salt lamp. Some people seem to think the lamps radiate some kind of toxic scent or particles but that absolutely is not the case! There is simply potential for the animal to overdose on sodium if your pet licks it often enough. 

It’s good to see that there’s quite a high search volume for ‘Himalayan lamps and cats’. Yes, the glow can be soothing and comforting. Yes, they’re inexpensive but if they can harm may pet in any way, I’m not having them.

Salt isn’t toxic to cats so if your cat does lick your lamp once or twice, they should be fine. If they’re constantly licking your lamp, then there may be a risk of overdose.

Consider placing the lamp well out of your cats reach and yet you can still enjoy the soft glow effortlessly.

One Final Thing to Watch out For

When unpacking your lamp, keep a lookout for any bugs (including cockroaches) that might be lingering within the packaging or inside the lamp. A few Amazon reviewers have stated that they’ve been a little surprised to find some unexpected guests in their deliveries!


Hopefully, this article has helped you to decide whether you’d like to go ahead and buy a salt lamp. One of the main pros is the sheer beauty of the lamps and the natural element they can quickly and easily add to any space.

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