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Why should I use Sky Lanterns for my special occasion or event instead of some fireworks?

The lasting visual effect that you and your guests/friends will enjoy far outweighs that of a firework. Also, Sky Lanterns are silent so much more sociably acceptable and, as they can float for up to 15 miles, give far better value for money. Additionally, fireworks are known to release toxic chemicals into the atmosphere. Sky Lanterns are perfectly safe to use and do not produce any harmful or toxic gases. In addition to this, all of our Chinese Lanterns are 100% eco friendly and biodegradable (unless otherwise stated) so are perfectly safe for wildlife.

Are some Sky Lanterns better than others?

ABSOLUTELY YES! There are products of very different quality standards on the market. Consequently, it is important that you avoid cheap lanterns made of thin paper because thin paper means rapid heat loss and less thermal rise. Good quality lanterns from reputable suppliers use thicker paper, have much lower heat loss and therefore achieve longer flight times and higher altitude. This means that the heat source will burn out before returning to the ground. Being made of thicker paper also means less risk of physical damage during launch. So please avoid cheap lanterns. You can be sure that we only offer top quality Lanterns

Are Sky Lanterns safe to use?

Sky Lanterns are perfectly safe providing you follow the 'safety guidelines' which are as follows: - Prior to use, ensure lanterns are stored in a dry and secure place away from children. - Do not launch in conditions that make lighting the lantern difficult, i.e. wind speeds above 5 mph. - Do not launch a damaged sky lantern as this may be dangerous and cause injury. - Do not launch in an area that could cause a fire such as near trees, crops and hay bales etc. - Obstacles in the path of the lantern such as buildings and trees should be at least 30 metres away. - Do not release the lantern in an area where the glow could be mistaken for a distress signal. - Do not light or release a sky lantern wearing flammable clothing. For additional safety, gloves should be worn. The lantern should not be left unattended at any time. - Do not launch a sky lantern within 5 miles of an airport or airfield without permission from the CAA. Launching a sky lantern in an inappropriate location or manner may cause damage to persons or property which could make you liable for criminal damage and prosecution. Failure to comply with any of the above safety guidelines could result in damage to persons or property. Sky Lanterns are purchased and launched at your own risk and Night Sky Lanterns take no responsibility for damage that may occur as a result.

Environmental friendly?

Our Sky Lanterns are manufactured from very light rice paper and a bamboo rim. The use of these materials ensures our Sky Lanterns are light and very easy to launch whilst being environment friendly as 100% of the components are biodegradable unless otherwise stated. Since 2010, our Sky Lanterns have had all wire aspects removed from the Chinese lanterns in order to make them as safe for wildlife as possible. Sky Lanterns are perfectly safe to use and do not produce any harmful or toxic gases.

What are the best conditions for launching sky lanterns?

The optimum conditions would be when there is no wind and no rain (see saftey guidelines above). For the very best effect you should launch your lantern when the air is still, it is dry and it is dark outside. You will then get the full benefit of the lanterns floating gently away into the night sky. You should also consider where to launch your lantern so, once it is airborne, you can see it floating for the longest possible period of time. Avoid areas populated with tall trees and buildings etc. These ideally should be at least 30 metres away. You should not attempt to launch Sky Lanterns in windy conditions.

How is a Sky Lantern assembled?

This is very straight forward and fully illustrated instructions are included with each Lantern. It really is just a case of removing the Lantern from its protective wrapper, unfolding and lighting the fuel cell provided. You then just need to allow time for the lantern to fill with warm air before releasing into the night sky. All our sky lanterns are preassembled so there is no need for any of this!

How should I choose the best style of Sky Lanterns?

Regardless of the shape of the Lantern, they are all launched in the same way and they all look stunning when released. It is probable that the larger Lanterns may be visible for a longer period of time, but this is negligible. A mixed pack Lanterns are available to purchase should you want a variety of different shapes, sizes and colours.

If I order today, when will I receive my Sky Lanterns?

Standard UK orders usually take 2-3 working days. However, delays can inevitably occur. Therefore, if you would like to guarantee a delivery date, we strongly recommend that you choose the Next working day (Mon-Fri) or Saturday Guaranteed (if you require the delivery for the weekend). You can select these options at the checkout. However, your order should be placed by 2:00pm at the very latest to ensure next day delivery. International orders usually take 4 - 10 working days.. Please visit our helpdesk for details or contact us via helpdesk@nightskylanterns.co.uk. For full information on shipping costs, click here.

What payment methods do you accept?

We can accept all major credit and debit cards and also Paypal. Please choose which option is preferable at the checkout. If you're a charity or business, then we can also accept payment via bank transfer (BACS).

 

 

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