Top signs that your Himalayan salt lamp is a fake include:
1. Poor Return Policy
Himalayan salt lamps are made of salt so it’s not surprising that
they’re fragile objects. A good manufacturer knows this and has return
policies that are flexible since there could be some damage in transit.
If a salt lamp’s maker is extremely strict (like a “NO RETURNS” policy),
then it makes you wonder if it’s a scam operation. This might not
necessarily be the case, but some fake retailers have been known not to
permit any returns because they know they’re not giving you the real
2. Highly Durable
As I just said,
Himalayan salt lamps are inherently fragile. Once you own one, you
definitely need to be careful not to drop it or bang it into other solid
objects because the salt crystal can be damaged very easily. This is
actually a rare time when durability is not desirable. If your salt lamp
is unaffected by a collision, it could likely be an imposter.
3. Very Bright Light
all you’re looking for is a bright light source, a salt lamp is not the
way to go. Due to its high content of numerous minerals, a Himalayan
salt lamp gives off light in an irregular and muffled manner. A true
salt lamp does not give off enough light to completely illuminate a
room. If yours does, then it’s most likely not the real deal.
4. Inexpensive White Crystal
typically find Himalayan salt lamps that give off a warm pinkish or
orange hue. There is such a thing as a white Himalayan salt lamp, but
it’s extremely rare and a lot more pricey than the colored ones. So if
you find a white salt crystal lamp that’s not substantially more
expensive than the pink/orange versions, steer clear because this is
likely an imposter.
5. No Mention of Pakistan
underground mines in Khewra, Pakistan, are the only source of true
Himalayan pink salt. If you’re questioning whether you have a real
Himalayan salt lamp, look for mention of Pakistan as the salt crystal’s
country of origin. You can also ask the lamp’s maker about the salt’s
origin, keeping in mind that it may list the country of origin as the
location of the lamp’s assembly.
its inherent nature, salt is an absorber of water. If your salt lamp
has no problem being near a moisture source (like a shower), this is a
good sign that you own a fake. A true salt lamp is prone to some
sweating when exposed to moisture.
7. Not Experiencing Any Benefits
you’re sure that you bought the appropriately sized salt lamp for the
space you’re using it in and you’ve also been exposed to it on a regular
basis and don’t see any positive effects whatsoever, then you may not
have a real Himalayan salt lamp.
“More light by CEAG” - Ceag electric miners lamps, Barnsley, UK - catalgue cover, c1939 by mikeyashworth
<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />What a great, bold cover to this c1939 CEAG of Barnsley miners lamp catalogue. CEAG, formed in 1912 in the UK, are still in business - they were a familiar name when I was involved in the mining industry in the 1980s and '90s.
The light maze and “starry ceiling” in Waterfall isn’t too far from the truth, there are minerals such as sphalerite which can fluoresce for up to 2 minutes after the the source of light energy has been turned off. They glow brilliantly when rubbed or exposed to friction, a property known are triblofluorescence. There are pictures of caves with these minerals and the appearance is stunning. The monsters could use these minerals to create lamps that light up and stay glowing for a tiny bit, enough time to get to the next lantern on the path, in fact it seems that with enough energy in either the form of heat or friction or electricity, or “magical electricity”, you could easily create glowing crystals to dimly light the caves.