Himalayan Salt Lamp Bulbs : Why Incandescent Not LED?

Last Updated on May 30, 2024 by Francis

Salt Lamp Bulbs must be the Proper Wattage Incandescent and not low wattage LED

How To Make Sure That Your Salt Lamp Is A Natural Dehumidifier

A salt lamp is a natural dehumidifier and can in fact dehumidify almost any room. Salt is a great absorbent and absorbs moisture and condenses it back into liquid form.

Salt is also a great natural dehumidifier because it holds in moisture in the air which helps to cause condensation.

The humidity level should not get too high, however, this may be difficult to achieve with several air conditioning units and other mechanical devices that we use for dehumidification.

Also, with certain styles of lamps such as a salt lamp, it can even raise the humidity so that it is difficult to get a damp environment.

A salt lamp is a natural dehumidifier therefore it may leak if the bulb is not the correct size for the room.

Candle Chandeliers and Salt Lamps

Himalayan salt lamp requires an incandescent light bulb candelabra base

A Himalayan salt lamp requires an incandescent light bulb candelabra base. The basis of the lamp is handmade natural rock salt known as barngruel. The crystalline form of the salt forms an amorphous silicon candle, which then develops into a filament when the salt is heated. The intensity of the flame is controlled by the size of the bulb, and the lamp can be powered by a battery, or by a wall socket. These lamps are an exquisite piece of artwork and history, and they require a candelabra base to hold the light bulb at the proper intensity.

The shape of the candelabra that holds the bulb is a type of hearthpiece, and the base is covered with a fabric that includes an insulating layer that helps to retain heat. Each candelabra comes with a personal inscription that identifies the lamp’s owner and is often signed by the maker. A Himalayan salt lamp needs a candelabra base made of Himalayan crystal salt. Although they are most commonly used as dinner lighting, they can also serve as table centerpieces.

Because these lamps emit a unique light, which is almost exclusively blue in color, they require an incandescent light bulb. They are slightly brighter than ordinary lighting and are typically used to illuminate a central focal point or accent lighting, but do not typically replace ordinary candles. Candles, which are made from paraffin wax, need to be replaced regularly because they lose their brightness after a certain amount of time.

Himalayan salt lamps do not require any regular maintenance and can serve as a beautiful centerpiece for your home.

Generally all the salt lamps uses E12 candelabra bulb socket.

The designs that are out there uses the thin, C7 torpedo or tubular designs which will not touch the salt.  

If the bulb touch the salt then it will slightly melt and attract moisture and eventually short the electricity.

Low Heat LED Lighting – Should Never Be Used Inside Salt Rock Lamps

Low heat LED light bulbs should never be used inside salt rock lamps. It has been proven that the lamp, instead of making the light brighter, makes the light dimmer and the lamp has the same effect on the person who is sitting in front of it. This is because when the lamp is in operation, the entire heat that comes from the lamp will transfer to the surface of the lamp is placed on.

It is not advised that you use a low wattage LED bulb inside the salt lamps. A lamp that is fixed in the lamp holder will not affect the lamp to any great extent.

Since low-heat LED lighting is low power, if the lamps are operated for a very long time, you will notice that the lights will flicker on and off frequently.

It defeats the beneficial purpose the the Himalayan Salt Lamp if it does not generate heat.

Salt Lamps Is Hygroscopic, Meaning They Attract Microscopic Water Vapor

If you have ever seen a salt lamp you may have thought of it as being unattractive, but actually they can be very attractive in the right setting.

In fact some salt lamps can also be very beautiful and interesting features to add to your home or office. They tend to have a scent that is appealing and can often be quite calming. But it is important to understand that salt lamps are not for everyone and you need to be very careful about how you use them.

Salt lamps are hygroscopic meaning they attract microscopic water vapor

Salt lamps are hygroscopic, meaning they attract microscopic water vapor into their interior.

They do this through the natural properties of the salt. The only thing that may make the salt lamp more hygroscopic is when you are using some kind of humidifier to add moisture to the air.

This would be especially true if you were using a humidifier to add humidity to the air in your home.

This would cause the salt to lose some of its properties and become less hygroscopic.


If you use a low wattage salt lamp light or a low power LED bulb then it will again defeat the prupose of the Himalayan Salt lamp since it will abosorb too much moisture and water vapor and not giving off negative ions.

Small Salt Lamps Up to 10 Pounds

For small salt lamps up to 10 pounds use a 15-watt light bulb. It will give the area that you are in a beautiful warm glow. It is also good for providing light where there is a lot of other sources of light such as in a kitchen or bedroom.

The bulbs specifications is : 0.86 inches by 2.2 inches which are dimmable. Mercury Free.

Medium Salt Lamps Up to 11-20 Pounds

For small salt lamps up to 11-20 pounds use a 25-watt light bulb. Meccury Free.

The bulbs specifications is : 0.75 inches by 3 inches.

Large Salt Lamps Up to 21 Pounds

For small salt lamps up to 11-20 pounds use a 40-watt light bulb.

The bulbs specifications is : 1.26 inches by 3.5 inches. Mercury Free.

With the 40 wattage bulbs it can produce around 2700K brightness and is sufficient.

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