Fragrance lamps and salt lamps are enjoying a lot of popularity these days. Both have some very excellent benefits but which one to select? I will try to give the reader some information to help them create a better option for their various scenarios.
Fragrance lamps have existed since the mid 1800s, when their principal use was to help decrease the bad smells from the hospitals and morgues. With a catalytic process (a catalyst is a chemical substance that increases or reduces the rate of a chemical reaction), poor odor molecules are decomposed into harmless substances like CO2 and water. In more modern times fragrance was added to the alcohol-based fuel to smell the air at precisely the same moment. It has also been found that following the first lighting of the lamp up to 85% of bacteria continue to be eliminated from the atmosphere for around 30 hours.
Fragrance lamps are understood by many names-perfume lamps, effusion lamps, catalytic lamps; they are also able to be known only by their brand name-Lampe Berger, Scentier, Bel-Air, and a lot more. However they all work exactly the same. The lamp is filled with your choice of fuel and the wick is permitted to burn for about 3 minutes, then extinguished. The burner keeps this heat and stays active due to the catalytic process that has begun until you replace the cover within the wick. This gives the user the benefit of a flameless, low operating temperature and low ozone as a byproduct which effectively removes malodors and germs. If aromatics are used they aren’t burnt but emitted gradually and economically into the atmosphere. The disadvantage of these lamps is that extreme caution must be used when filling them because of the highly flammable nature of alcohol and its vapors. Care must be taken to wipe spills, possess a leak proof container and great ventilation. Also from the first lighting of the wick it must not be left unattended because the fire can occasionally reach as high as 5-6″.
The mined salt usually comes from the Himalayas, Russia or central Europe and the finished lamps range in colors from salmon-pink to pale orange. By heating these lamps negative ions are produced. Negative ions also help increase blood flow to the brain sharpening concentration.
Crystal salt lamps are made from rock salt that has been refined to a greater degree. In ancient times this crystal rock salt was reserved for royalty; the common person only had ordinary rock salt but the lamps work exactly the same. By lighting a candle or a bulb the salt lamp is heated gently; this is what leads to the emission of the negative ions. The lamps with a small bulb are better for ionization because more surface area is illuminated for a longer time; electrical precautions must be followed. Of course if you are using a candle salt lamp you will have a small flame and the usual precautions must be taken. There is no scent given off with salt lamps because no added fuel is used, but the air does seem to”smell” fresher after use.
In conclusion, both kinds of lamps help eliminate odors from the atmosphere; odor lamps also reduce the amount of bacteria in the atmosphere. Fragrance lamps can perfume the air but not salt lamps-they make the atmosphere seem fresher. Both fragrance lamps and candle salt lamps possess an open fire and precautions must be taken; nevertheless the fire is blown out on the odor lamp after 3 minutes. The alcohol-based fuel and its vapors are highly flammable; there’s not any fuel involved with burning a salt lamp. Both lamps are beautiful additions to any home or office.