Himalayan salt lamps continue to get glowing testimonials about their wonderful health benefits. For starters, they are mined naturally from the Earth. As a result, we wanted to do a Himalayan salt lamp review for 2017, so you know the different types available.
Did your father play a sport like mine? I remember when I was a child, my Dad would come home after playing sport and when sitting down for dinner, sprinkle a whole heap of salt on his food.
Of course, I used to mention that lots of salt can't be good. But he would always counter with how much salt he had lost in sweat and how he needed to replenish it. Ok. What would I know as a 10-year-old?
It turns out, he was right.
Of course, you need to make sure you do everything in moderation. The beauty of salt is that it is made by nature.
In particular, you have the Himalayan Rock Salt, which is considered the purest form of salt.
When dining in a Japanese restaurant in Sydney, Australia recently, I noticed the restaurant only uses Himalayan rock salt on their premium Wagyu beef for a more mouth-watering taste.
See the image below. The text highlights that pure Himalayan Pink Rock Salt contains 84 minerals and trace elements essential to good health.
In this blog post, I wanted to spend some time studying the various types of Himalayan rock salt lamps. In particular, I am talking about the bases they come on.
The first Himalayan salt lamps to review for 2017 is the Crystal Onyx base salt lamps.
Unfortunately, many of the older styles of salt lamps come on a wooden or marble base as reviewed below. They just aren't as beautiful, and each Onyx base is also unique just like your salt lamp.
At Earth Inspired Gifts, we only stock the Himalayan salt lamps with a natural onyx crystal base. After all, we are all about nature.
When Himalayan salt crystal lamps were first brought into the country many years ago, they came on a standard wooden base.
Nowadays, the premium salt lamps come on an upgraded onyx crystal base as you can see below.
The wooden base salt lamps have always been the standard as they are cheaper to buy. But they also look a little cheaper too.
But the good news is the new onyx crystal bases do not cost any extra. In fact, the premium upgraded base is often the same price or even lower. We are proud to be the first company in Sydney, Australia to retail the Onyx crystal bases.
You can see the massive difference in quality with the wooden base salt lamp below versus the beautiful onyx crystal base salt lamps. Quite remarkable isn't it.
So when you do your Himalayan salt lamp reviews, be sure to ask yourself which base you would like.
The marble bases do the job, just like a wooden base. In fact, the marble base would be considered an upgrade compared to the wooden base salt lamp because it is much easier to wipe if moisture gets on it.
You can see in the video below, around half way through we show all three salt lamps together.
Press play on the video and then pause it when all three are shown. Then make sure you have the video in HD and full screen. Make the image as clear as possible. To make life easier, we also created the blog post header image with the three of them shown together.
When you review the three different salt lamp bases together, you can see the natural Onyx crystal base wins hands down.
You will love the onyx crystal base. We know it.
There is a lot of talk about the benefits of Himalayan salt lamps. So much so, we wrote a dedicated blog post about it, which you can view here.
In addition to the pleasant orange and pinkish glow, one of the main benefits is the negative ions released.
The negative ions (which are good) released from the salt lamps helps neutralise the positive ions (which are not so good) from things like your electrical white goods, TVs and the like.
Negative ions are in abundance around flowing rivers, the ocean and waterfalls. Nothing feels as refreshing and invigorating as swimming around the ocean or under a waterfall.
Himalayan salt lamps are popular for this reason as office environments and homes are incredibly low in negative ions.
I am a sucker for watching late night infomercials. Not only have the networks realised the amount of money that can be made from products with overly inflated prices, but they have entire channels devoted to them. Guess you know what I am doing in my spare time. haha.
Recently we came across a Himalayan Salt Lamp deal on TVSN, and we wanted to review it here.
The prices are just crazy, and they come on the wooden bases.
The TVSN salt lamp Australia deal sells the 4-6kg Himalayan Salt Lamp for $54.95 plus $18.95 postage and handling.
So let's get this right. You buy the salt lamp on a wooden base for a total of $73.90 posted to your door?
Yikes. That hurts.
For reference, below is the price of our 2-4kg, our 4-6kg and our 6-9kg salt lamps on the upgraded onyx crystal base. Plus you can see the prices on our full range of sizes below from small Himalayan salt lamps to large Himalayan salt lamps.
At Earth Inspired Gifts, we sell the 4-6kg sale lamp for $35, with an Onyx crystal base. Our shipping costs are reasonable and normally for one of these lamps you are looking at $12.50 - $18 depending on the final weight of the salt lamps you choose.
I guess you can work out the numbers yourself. To me, the TVSN salt lamp deal is too expensive.
If you like to save money then at least you know you have options. You can find out the best price for Himalayan salt lamps here.
It didn't take me long to notice Catch of the Day were running ads hard and fast for salt lamps. So I felt it important to do a Catch of the Day salt lamp review, so you know what your choices are.
The Catch of the Day salt lamp is very similar to the deal available on TVSN. They are over priced compared to nearly everywhere else you can buy them online. We feel the money is better off in your pocket, to be honest.
Catch of the Day (as of 12 April 2017) was offering a 3-4kg natural salt rock lamp for $34.99 plus shipping. Shipping is on top of that price and could be expensive depending on whether you live in a major city or a rural area.
Once again, we sell the 2-4kg Himalayan salt lamp for only $25 plus shipping. Our price is $9.95 lower than Catch of the Day. Plus you get get the upgraded onyx crystal base. Shipping is usually around $12.50 depending on your location. You will see the options available on checkout.
Of course, if you live in Sydney, then you are welcome to choose local pickup and pay zero postage on your new salt lamps.
Plus, Catch of the Day is a massive corporation, and we are not competing at their level. We are a trustworthy mum and dad business, working from home. So if you were to buy from us, you'd be supporting a local small business.
Why not purchase a salt lamp and an Earth Inspired Gift for someone else. That way you'd be spending the same amount of money, but you'd have another gift. We have many gifts around the $10-$15 to consider.
It is called the Levoit Elora Himalayan Salt Lamp, and the selling point they have is that it is on a stainless steel base.
The reason they have the steel base is for leakage and to drain the fluid that 'flows' down.
But if you know how to care for your Himalayan Salt Lamps then you should never have it moist or dripping at all.
If your salt lamp is dripping, you are doing it wrong.
So just to confirm, salt lamps that are left on in a typical environment, will not leak or run or drip. There is truly no need for a stainless steel base salt lamp.
Unless you live in the tropics and don't keep your lamp on all the time, then it might be an option.
If there was one criticism about the levoit salt lamp it is the silver coloured base just doesn't look natural.
You have something as beautiful as a Himalayan salt lamp turned on and then you have a 'commercial' looking base
Obviously, I am going to be biased, but what do you think? Would you prefer a natural onyx crystal base or a stainless steel one?
The whole purpose of bringing Mother Nature into your home to make it look more beautiful is to bring more nature, not man-made materials. Otherwise, it will end up looking like your kitchen.
We've all got enough stainless steel kitchen appliances. The last thing I want to look at when I am going to bed is something looking like a kitchen appliance.
What they do have which is quite nice, is a touch sensor dimmer light for the salt lamp. They have produced what appears to be quite an elegant solution to dimming the Himalayan salt lamp brightness.
It is a pity their dimmer switches are on a US based power cord. You cannot even order them in from the states as the cost of these is much more than what you pay here. Plus you would have a huge shipping bill to contend with.
You would also need to be careful about the electrical specifications. All our Himalayan salt lamp electrical cords are tested and approved for safe use here in Australia.
Let's face it; it is an attractive modern version of a beautiful Himalayan salt lamp. And we love the idea. Not sure how long it will take get to these in Australia. Our review of the Levoit Elora Himalayan Salt Lamp is a thumbs up. Excellent work Levoit.
We aren't going to turn this into a himalayan natural salt lamps versus the aesthetical appealing carved salt lamps but they are the two main lamps to consider.
When customers visit our salt lamp display, they are immediately 'oohing' and 'arghing' over the carved salt lamps.
By far the most popular is the fire bowl. Not sure for cleaning the air but it is very mesmerising.
The Himalayan Fire Bowl has natural Himalayan salt crystals placed in a beautifully carved bowl.
If you like the beauty of a carved lamp from natural Himalayan salt crystals, then the range of lamps below will suit your needs.
They are also a very popular gift idea.
As you may have seen, you can purchase Himalayan salt lamp tea light candle holders.
These are a chunk of beautiful Himalayan salt with a tea light candle section carved out. We love them.
But for this review, we have to be honest. We just don't believe you can get the same health benefits as you would from a salt lamp.
The reason we feel they will provide less benefit is the tea light candle cannot warm the salt up enough. I mean it is just a tea light candle after all.
Compare putting a 15w light bulb plugged in from a 240v outlet, and you begin to see the difference between the two of them. One has a little bit of heat, and the other has a lot of heat.
So to review the salt lamp tea light holder, we have to say yes for picking up a beautiful candle holder, but no to getting the increased health benefits from a proper salt lamp with a 15w light bulb.
In case you missed it, here are the 9 benefits of natural Himalayan salt lamps.
For those who are even more curious and wanting to know more, check out our 11 interesting facts about salt lamps here.
A review of salt lamps wouldn't be complete without discussing the various accessories you can get with your lamps.
In no particular order, here are the salt lamp accessories you can grab.
1. Himalayan salt lamp dimmer switch reviewed
These are perfect. But you may find them hard to source. We do stock them, but they disappear very quickly.
If you are buying a Himalayan salt lamp for the bedroom, then odds are you would like to be able to use a dimmer to turn down the light at night.
You can buy salt lamp dimmer switches through us, but we do have a deal when you buy salt lamps through us.
All our salt lamps come with a light switch. But if you want to replace it with your purchase, you pay an extra $10, hand back the normal switch and you upgrade to a dimmer switch.
We have found this to be the most popular Himalayan salt lamp accessory. You can learn more about it by clicking the link to the right.
2. Himalayan salt lamp globes
You can purchase extra 15w Himalayan salt lamp bulbs through us. Every single salt lamp we sell comes with a free bulb. If you smile real nice, we often throw in a bonus globe as well.
We do have some tips to make your salt lamp globe last longer, but eventually, they will pop. It is just the nature of light bulbs.
Therefore, you are always best off by having some salt lamp globes as backups at all times. It doesn't take much to add a few globes to your order.
Most people who purchase from our Sydney display buy a couple of extra ones, so they have enough for the rest of the year.
We love Himalayan salt lamps. We have them all throughout our house.
When you come in to view our display, we love to have a handful of them on for you to see.
You get to choose your salt lamp when you visit our display and we are more than happy to turn them on for you so you can see what they look like when lit up.
Hopefully, you have found this Himalayan salt lamp review helpful. We are very passionate about these and want you to have the best in your home, for your family.
Don't hesitate to touch base with us via live chat or via our contact us page.
If you already own a salt lamp, then be sure to check out our Himalayan salt lamp care instructions here.
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