Our salt crystal lamps are natural pieces of salt crystal that have been hand excavated from ancient primordial salt rock that has crystallized at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains.
So, How Do So Well® Salt Lamps Work?
Since 2004, we have been importing these beautiful salt crystal lamps and the number one question we get is how do salt lamps work?
What Is An Ion?
Very simply, an ion is an atom or molecule that has gained or lost an electron.
Both positive and negative ions exist in the air: positive air ions are generally molecules of carbon dioxide that have lost an electron, whereas a negative air ion is generally a molecule of oxygen that has gained an electron. Negative ions in the air attract particles of pollution and give them a negative charge, making them seek an electrical “ground,” and causing them to fall harmlessly to the floor. It stands to reason that we want to be surrounded by negative ions as a way of protecting our health.
Ions cannot be produced without an energy source. An “energy source” means heat or flame, radioactivity, frictional rubbing, electricity, evaporation, etc. Ions can also be produced by high-energy events, such as an open flame or a glowing hot object. Evaporating water will produce negative ions in the air and, as a consequence, leave the damaging positive charges behind in the water that hasn’t yet evaporated.
So Well® Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamps are naturally hygroscopic (absorbing moisture molecules) and are heated gently by a 15-watt bulb.
Do Negative Ions Really Work?
Nature is constantly producing negative ions to combat the pollution in the air.
This is why the air feels so refreshing after a storm: lightening produces a high concentration of negative ions, which purifies the air and makes it so invigorating.
Water from a cascading waterfall also produces negative ions as the water thunders against the pool below, causing both friction and evaporation (both energy sources). For the same reason, the enormous amounts of negative ions in the pure air at the seashore is caused by the constant rise and fall of the tides.