Frequently Asked Questions about Salt Lamps, How they Work, Benefits, Differences, Bulbs & More

Q: Where do So Well Salt Lamps and Himalayan Salt come from?

A: We have been designing our beautiful So Well Salt lights and importing our Himalayan salt Fair Trade from Pakistan since 2004. Our products are authentic, high quality and unique to the market.

Q: Do So Well Salt Lamps reduce in size or lose their ionizing effect over time?

A: No, as long as you do not place them in water, over time our Salt lamps will not reduce in size or lose their ionizing effect. They will last forever with only low maintenance of changing bulbs.  You can occasionally dust your lamp, but do not use water as that will change the crystal aesthetically.  Our Salt lights are not coated with chemicals and will sweat if left off for long periods of time.

Q: Are the lights on your site what I will get?
Each fair trade salt light is original with its own distinctive organic shape and color. So Well lights are beautifully crafted with a very specific “shaping” (no lopsided, dirty rocks as most companies sell) and handpicked for you. The images on our website are So Well lights, but yours will be similar yet different. Each light is 100% unique and will have striations, fissions, cracks and does not interfere with the physical structure of the lamps. Each lamp is made by a different artisan and will vary, images are to show an example of our quality and selection.

Q: Should I keep my Salt Light on all the time? 
A: Salt lamps are hygroscopic-they absorb moisture from the air, it is important that your lamp stays on as much as possible so that it is warmed by the heat from the bulb. If you do not leave your lamps on for long periods of time (we recommend 24/7) your lamps can begin to “sweat” and leak salt.  Always make sure your lamps are slightly warm to the touch. If your lamps are not getting warm, you are either not leaving them on long enough or you need a higher wattage bulb depending on the size of your lamp.

All So Well Salt lamps come with a 15 watt bulb. You can use up to 40 watts (Candelabra” fridge lights” “night lights) for larger lamps.  They are found in many stores

The larger the lamp, the higher wattage you can use. Our UL tested dimmer cords are rates for up to 40 watts. These are called “Candelabra” fridge lights” “night lights” and normally can be found at any hardware store or you can order 15 watt bulbs from us at $1 a bulb.  LED light bulbs are not recommended as they do not “heat” the lamp. Your salt lamp needs to be lit most of the time and kept warm for best affects.

Q: Will the light be too bright to sleep with? and I thought I needed to sleep in darkness? 
A: Every So Well Salt Light comes with a UL tested Dimmer cord so the brightness can be adjusted to your desired light shine.  Our Amber lights and the our grey lights are recommended at night and because of the spectrum of colors in the orange, reds, yellows- do not interfere with melotonin production allowing you to get the full benefits of the ions and the EMF protection while sleeping.


Q: What is the difference between the natural shaped lamps and the shaped lamps as far as energy and negative ions?

A. We provide products that bring out the inherent beauty and wellness aspect of the natural materials they are created from. If your interior does not lend itself to our more rough hewn shapes, we do offer gently smoothed lamps that fit nicely into a more polished interior space. We do not promote the machining of “novelty” artificial forms or objects completely unrelated to the ancient crystals they are created from. In our minds, too much manipulation with modern tools negates the beneficial properties of the lamps themselves, as well as, destroying their aesthetic quality.

We choose our lamps by their quality, beauty, integrity and responsibility. We work only with the best manufacturers that are devoted to fair trade standards and finest quality available. 

Q: How do they ionize?

A: Crystal salt is one of the few minerals whose atomic structure is bound electrically, not molecularly. This characteristic of the mineral structure enables the crystal to change back and forth from crystalline to liquid state. The gentle heat of the lamp in the salt crystal creates a higher surface temperature than the surrounding air. This attracts the water molecules in the cooler surrounding air. The natural humidity in the air condenses on the crystal’s surface. This enables the electrically bound sodium chloride mineral to split into independent (positive) sodium and (negative) chloride ions.

This natural ionization creates an electric charge. After the water molecules evaporate again, the sodium and chloride ions turn back into their crystalline mineral form. When the sun heats up our largest natural salt solutions, the oceans, it generates the natural energy vibration of which our entire global environment consists. Salt crystal creates exactly the same natural energy field. Scientifically speaking, this natural ionization process takes place millions of times, invisible to the eye, and without any influence to the quality of the crystal. Similar to the concept whereby tree leaves absorb dangerous dioxides and transform them into essential oxygen, without damaging the plant.

The atomic structure of crystal salt contains more negative, chloride ions than positive, sodium ions which result in the emission of negative ions during the natural ionization process. Negative ions become dust collectors, attaching themselves to positively charged dust particles and cigarette smoke, purifying the circulating indoors air from dust, bacteria and pollutants.

Q: What size must a Salt Lamp be to give the best results?

A: We recommend at least one or two salt lamps per room- but you can have as many as you like- the more lamps, the better results! 

The smaller the lamp, the closer you should keep your lamp to you. The more lamps or the larger lamps, the farther you can put them. Like plants, the more healthy living things in your living and working space, the better it is for your health.


Q:Do USB Salt Lamps produce negative ions?

No. USB Lamps have a LED light bulb in them which do not produce heat. It is the heat from a Light Bulb which heats the salt which then produces negative ions to purify the air.
So, USB lamps are more for balancing EMF from computers, color therapy and metaphysical purposes.

Himalayan Mineral Salt is a crystal, its metaphysical properties include protection from negative energies and surroundings – which Salt is most commonly known for. For many centuries, many cultures have used Salt to cleanse and protect. Because of the pink nature of Himalayan Salt, it can be used for both physical and emotional heart problems.

Salt also vibrates at a similar frequency as our own bodies, so it helps protect us against the EMF (electromagnetic radiation) given off from a computer, TV, cellphone etc. Because of this similar vibration, having Himalayan Salt near you can instill a sense of home and security within ourselves to help us face the challenges of everyday life.
* If you want a Salt Lamp to purify the air, you need a Lamp with an electrical cord and a 15 watt bulb.

Q: Why are my Bulbs blowing?

The bulbs used in Himalayan Salt Lamps are meant to be in a stationary position. If they are moved suddenly or are exposed to vibration, they are likely to pop. High humidity can also cause bulbs to pop.
If you have bulbs popping (blowing) regularly, here are some things to take into consideration:
* The bulb is not quite screwed in firmly enough to touch both contacts.
* The bulb is touching the inside surface of the lamp, or after a bulb has been changed, the cord and bulb has been pushed too far to the top of lamp and is touching the salt.
* The lamp is moved while the lamp has been on for a while.
* There is a large current drawing appliance on the same circuit that is turned on/off and there is a momentary power spike.
* There is excessive ‘micro vibration’ nearby ie: too close to a TV.
* If the lamp has been turned off and it has ‘sweat’ while off and has not been wrapped up, salt may have leaked onto the bulb which will cause it to blow.

Q: Does it matter what color the Salt is? Which color is better??

All of the colors of So Well Himalayan Mineral Crystal Salt contain minerals and offer health benefits. The darker the red and orange colors, the more of the Iron mineral is present within the crystal. The grey lights have a higher concentration of sulphur which makes them “gray” . The White lights are short several minerals that make the “amber” color . When the bulb inside the lamp heats the Salt crystals, the Himalayan Salt releases negative ions – counteracting positive ‘pollutant’ ions in the air; regardless of what color the Lamp is.

Q: Does the electric bill go up if the lamps stay on all the time?

A: Our salt lamps come with a 15 watt bulb and from my experience with them; I have not noticed the electric bill go up, even with several of them staying lit all the time.

Q: How much (sole) solution should I take every day?

A: Every morning, take one teaspoon of brine mixed in a glass of good quality artesian or spring water. Drink this on an empty stomach before taking breakfast. The amount of water is up to you, but you only need one teaspoon of sole for your daily intake.

Do not shake or stir, always use a wooden or hard plastic spoon to take your sole. Inorganic matter will settle to the bottom.

The Sole will never go bad and you just need to add more water and more fair trade Himalayan salt crystal stones so there is always visible salt in your glass sole jar.   Leave on counter with lid. You do not need to refrigerate . 

Yes, you can take the sole at night, some people experience deeper sleep, some get more energy.

Sole is safe for kids and pets but use much smaller amounts.

Q: Are there any negative side-effects when drinking Himalayan Sole (so-lay) regularly over a long period of time?

A: One teaspoon of Himalayan Sole contains approximately 411mg of sodium. This very small amount of salt has an incredibly positive effect on your whole body, and normally, does not cause any danger even when taken regularly. But be careful about using commercial table salt. The USDA recommends a daily intake of no more than 2,500mg of sodium depending on your body weight. Himalayan Crystal Salt can be more readily metabolized by the body than refined table salt. This is the reason that it should also be used for seasoning your food and for all your cooking and baking needs.

Q: Can the Himalayan Sole solution go bad? How should it be stored?

A: The sole can be kept indefinitely. It will never go bad. It can be kept anywhere. It doesn’t have to be refrigerated nor kept in the dark. However, it is recommended to keep it in a closed container to keep it free from dust and other airborne particles.

Q: Is my daily sole intake dependent on my body weight?

A: The recommended one teaspoon of sole solution per day is a general guideline for adults who can be adjusted a bit according to one’s own feeling. It’s not a question of “more is better,” but rather the intake of the frequency pattern of the sole that is important. One drop of the sole would be sufficient. With the teaspoon, you will also cover all the necessary minerals and trace elements. For children, a few drops are sufficient.

Q: Can the Himalayan Crystal Salt also be given to animals?

A: Just as with humans, the natural crystal salt will have its positive effect on the animal body. If you put a few drops into the food, it will increase the vitality and strengthen the immune system of your pet or animal.

Q: Can I drink the Himalayan Crystal Salt Sole in the evening instead of in the morning?

A: The benefits of the Sole therapy are realized best when taken on an empty stomach. You can also do the Sole therapy in the evening but you should keep this rhythm as the body maintains the frequency pattern of the salt for 24 hours.

Q: Is the Salt anti-allergenic and homeopathic and what natural treatments are they used for?

A: Yes, all the products we offer you are 100% natural, homeopathic, safe, organic and earth friendly. Our products are recommended by Health practitioners, Feng Shui experts, Alternative doctors, + many others. 

 Q: How much is shipping? and how fast do I get my order? 

A: Visit our Shipping Page. Click Here

Q: Do you offer a Satisfaction Policy if I’m not happy with my purchase? 

A: Yes! Read More

Q: Do you have a physical store? 

A: No, our retail store in Skokie has closed so we can focus our efforts on our online business and wholesale business worldwide.

 Q: Do you wholesale your So Well products? 

A: Yes! Click here

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14 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. Patti,

    We just received our beautiful lamps today. Thank you!
    We were putting them together and can’t figure out what the white plastic piece on the bottom is for. It looks like a cord would go thru it, but it doesn’t have a cut in it to put the cord thru & its pretty small.
    Just curious.

    1. isabella,

      Hi Patti! yes, you can pull the white piece out and put the cord in there and clamp the piece back in. It is not necessary to do so, but its there if you like. The cord will not go anywhere either way! if you need more assistance, call us! 866-497-0274

    1. isabella,

      HI Cathy, all the sizes are listed next to the images. Our Medium lamps, amber, white and grey are 6-7″ tall, our Large lights are 8-10″ tall, our XL lights are 11-12″ tall, all roughly as each piece is unique but this is the general sizes.

    1. isabella,

      Hi Donna, if you keep your lamps lit most of the time, if not all of the time, then the heat from the bulb will keep them dry. Salt crystal does absorb moisture, that is why you need to keep them lit to dry the lights

    1. isabella,

      Hi Kay! they will absorb tiny amounts of moisture around the lamp, but its not noticeable. They are not dehumidifiers. So they will not do either that you will feel. Call if you have more questions!

  2. Shawna Seidling,

    I have cats. Lots of cats and I am wondering if the salt lamps could be dangerous if my cats would happen to lick them a lot? I’ve read that if they lick them a lot they can die or get super sick.

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