Himalayan rock salt lamps are a very popular trend for a number of reasons. Some just like the way they look and many use them for their amazing health benefits, though Himalayan salt lamps are not yet scientifically proven to be effective even though so many people believe in them.
However, if you have one in your home, you may want to check on the brand. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, thousands of Himalayan rock salt lamps are being recalled — specifically, three different lamps from Lumière, sold between July and November 2016 at Michaels, as well as through Amazon.
The arts and crafts store Michaels recalled about 80,000 pink Himalayan salt lamps after it was discovered they could shock or catch fire.
The Lumiere Basket of Rocks, Carnival of Lights and Rock of Gibraltar lamps have dimmer switches and/or outlet plugs which could overheat and ignite.
All the lamps are pink and were sold between July and November 2016.
The recall affects approx 80,000 lamps
Those who purchased the lamps during the five-month time period are instructed to check the barcodes and return recalled products to any U.S. Michaels store for a cash refund.
“Working together with the CPSC, we have recalled the line of Lumière Himalayan Salt Lamps sold between July 2016 and November 2016,” a Michaels spokesperson tells Bustle in a statement. “The safety and well-being of our customers is our top priority and we have taken immediate steps to remove this product from our stores, inventories, and supply chain. We apologize to anyone who has been affected by this situation and are providing full refunds..com”
What do if you have one
So what do you do if you have one?
First, make sure your lamp is one of the three being recalled by the CPSC by checking the SKU and UPC numbers.
The first is the Rock of Gibraltar Lamp (SKU 495144, UPC 00886946056253)
Next is the Carnival of Lights (SKU 495433, UPC 00886946058325),
And third is the Basket of Rocks (SKU 495146, UPC 00886946056277).
You can find these numbers on the product and the box they came in.
If you own one of these lamps- first, unplug the item immediately, then simply go to Michael’s with your lamp to receive a full refund.
The basic premise behind a salt lamp is to help cleanse your indoor air and provide an attractive soothing light in your home.
Using some of the most diverse measuring methodologies available, worldwide scientific tests have shown how crystal salt lamps can increase the number of negative ions released into your indoor air.
So, how do salt lamps actually work?
It’s really quite simple… a heated crystal salt lamp…
- Attracts humidity causing the surface of the salt crystal to become moist
- Creates a buildup of ions and removes moisture from your air
- Binds excessive positive ions with their negative ions
- Helps to neutralize the “electro-smog” in your air and reduces allergens and irritants
- Creates potential soothing effects for you from multi-colored salt crystals
From a more scientific standpoint, three natural action principles are at work with crystal salt lamps:
Ionization — The emission of ions is primarily caused by the alternating actions of the heated salt’s ability to first attract and absorb water and then evaporate it. The salt goes into a solution as it mixes with the water molecules.
Sodium, as positively charged ions, and chloride, as negatively charged ions, become neutral and are released into your environment — which helps reduce pollutants such as allergens and irritants from your air.
Electromagnetic oscillation — Every form of life on the planet depends on the electromagnetic field of vibration (known as the Schuman resonance frequency). Due to electronics and industrialization, your body receives artificial electromagnetic wavelengths with many diverse frequency values.
Because of the neutral atomic structure of crystal salt, a heated salt lamp helps you harmonize and balance these artificial frequencies, and neutralize “electro-smog”.
Transparent-crystalline structure developing the light waves — It’s well-known that you need the light waves of the rainbow spectrum (300-700 nanometers) for your health and preservation of your body. Your cells are supplied by light with new energy in the form of electromagnetic wavelengths.
The wavelengths of salt crystal colors fall within the upper nanometer zone (600-700 nanometers) — producing positive and soothing effects.
What’s more — I must admit, in addition to the potential indoor air enhancements and the soothing effects of the salt lamp colors…
Personally, I enjoy how the lamps add beauty to my home and office.
Many people obtain salt lamps for their beauty alone… and I can certainly see why from my own personal experience… these lamps are stunningly attractive.