If you are an owner of a Himalayan salt lamp, which you probably are, you know how amazing these lamps can make your home look. Himalayan salt lamps are great home décor that beautifies your home as well as helps to keep your environment clean. As they are lamps, they have a bulb inside that lightens the salt piece or chunks of salt pieces. So sooner or later you will have to replace that bulb. But, being someone who has very little knowledge about lamp bulbs, you may ask yourself “what bulb can I use in a salt lamp”?
With this guide, you will have the knowledge of how to choose the right light bulb for various sized salt lamps.
You will also find detailed instructions on how to change blown bulbs safely and have your Himalayan salt lamp glowing a beautiful light again in no time.
Why salt lamps need light bulbs?
To work properly, a Himalayan salt lamp needs heat from the inside light bulb. And that’s why it is recommended to keep them turned on at all times.
Note that, you should never use low heat LED light bulbs inside salt rock lamps. They don’t perform.
As you may already know, salt lamps are hygroscopic. It means they draw microscopic water vapor from the surrounding air. A heat-producing bulb in the inside warms up the salt crystals and evaporates the moisture away.
Your lit salt lamp should feel hot to touch and not be wet with moisture. If it is, then you need to replace the light bulb with a stronger wattage bulb.
What bulb can I use in a salt lamp?
Salt lamps require a radiant light bulb that generates heat. Most commonly used bulbs are 15-watt, but 25-watt and even 40-watt bulbs are much more suitable for larger lamps.
The vast majority of pink salt lamps sold in America come with an E12 candelabra bulb with a screw-in socket, AKA C7.
Now, if you are wondering what wattage bulb you can use in a salt lamp, it depends on the size of the lamp.
- You can use a 15-watt light bulb for small salt lamps up to 10 pounds.
- You can use a 25-watt light bulb for medium salt lamps 11 – 20 pounds.
- Can use a 40-watt light bulb for large salt lamps over 21 pounds.
If you live in an area with a very humid climate and water is dripping from your salt lamp, even after being switched on all day, you need to replace the bulb of the lamp with a higher wattage.
The best Himalayan salt lamp light bulbs you can buy
When buying replacement bulbs for salt lamps, there are a few vital aspects to consider:
- Make sure their bulb socket is E12 candelabra (unless your lamp instruction suggest that it is one of the rare models that uses a special light fitting)
- Light bulbs for salt lamps should not be wide, they should be thin. Tubular or C7 torpedo designs are preferable to wide bulbs that might touch the salt, short out the electrical fitting, and attract moisture.
- Make sure they come from a reputable company with good customer reviews. Cheap bulbs for your salt rock lamp that keep on blowing are a false economy. With a long-lasting, better quality bulb, you will save money in the long run.
15-Watt Salt Lamp Light Bulbs
Levoit manufacture high-quality and beautiful pink lamps, with 2 free light bulbs.
They also make very popular and well-designed C7/E12 15-watt bulbs for salt lamps.
At 0.86 inches by 2.2 inches, they are small and nice. Sold in 6-packs, they are dimmable and good value for long-lasting bulbs.
25-Watt Bulb Replacement
25-watt light bulbs will be much radiant than 15-watt ones. They are best for larger salt lamps well over 10 pounds.
These 25-watt GoodBulb dimmable bulbs are specially designed for salt rock lamps. They are thin and small at 0.75 inches by 3 inches with an E12 candelabra base.
40-Watt and 60-Watt Salt Rock Lamp Replacement Bulbs
Bigger Himalayan salt lamps require more powerful bulbs to work properly as well as heat up the bigger surface area of pink salt crystals.
However, good 40-watt or 60-watt light bulbs for salt lamps are not easy to find.
How to replace a salt lamp bulb
When you purchase a good-quality salt lamp, it should come with thorough instructions on how to change the bulb inside your lamp.
But if your lamp doesn’t come with the instruction, then you can try one of these two methods to change the bulb inside the salt rock lamp. In all cases, first, you must ensure the light fitting cord is switched off and unplugged.
- Check if you can rotate the salt crystal base to remove it while upright, be gentle. With some popular brands, you can just rotate the wooden base and pick it up off the light fitting.
- Place the salt crystal on a secured surface and to remove the old light bulb, unscrew it counterclockwise. Now, take the new salt rock light bulb and screw it in clockwise.
- Switch it on and off to see if it works. If it does, then replace the salt crystal over the top of the light fitting carefully and rotate the base back into place.
- While replacing the salt lamp light bulb, most models require you to first place the lamp on its side on a secured surface.
- Now, try to gently pull out the light fitting from the base. Often you will find two metal prongs that you can press together to remove the light fitting.
- Some models may have their light fitting screwed into the base. In such a case, unscrew the outer screws and leave the center one.
- After you have detached it, slowly pull the light bulb fitting out to avoid breaking it. Then remove the old bulb by turning it counterclockwise.
- Now screw the new salt lamp bulb clockwise to fit it. Check if it works by switching the light on and off. Now simply reinsert the light fitting into the salt lamp. It will be as good as new.
The right bulb for the right lamp
Using high-quality replacement salt lamp bulbs saves you money as well as time in the long run.
Remember that the light bulb size should be thin and small for salt lamps, be proper warmth producing bulbs to work efficiently, not low heat LEDs, and have an E12 candelabra socket.
Lastly, and notably, for small salt lamps up to 10 pounds, use 15-watt salt lamp bulbs, for 11-20 pounds, use 25-watt and 40-watt bulbs for over 21 pounds of Himalayan salt lamp.