HISTORY OF LANTERNS
In the 3rd century, China became the
birthplace of Kongming, or sky lanterns, as we know them today.
Beginning with signaling tools at wartime, these light and portable
paper lanterns soon began to be used by farmers to seek blessings from
and thank the gods for good crop yield. They have been historically used
at religious events including weddings!
The lure of these vivid flickers high up in the sky has also spread to Taiwan, Thailand, Phuket and some other Asian countries.A
slight variation of these lanterns – much larger albeit – are the hot
air balloons that originated in France, more recently in the late 1700s.
these hot air balloons that we speak of, are manned. The unmanned
versions evolved through the centuries. They traveled all the way from
China to Peru, to Lisbon and Portugal.
Come, uncover a little bit of this history that has traveled the world!
While we illuminate the sky at the Light the Night event, we're also conscious about the environment.
fuel cell in the lantern is made of paper, cloth and wax – materials
that ensure that the Sky Lanterns are light and easy to launch whilst
being 100% biodegradable unless otherwise stated. Sky Lanterns are
perfectly safe to use and do not produce any harmful or toxic gases.
10 point Safety Check before Launching Sky Lanterns
1. Ensure that the wind is very light - 7 miles per hour or below is suitable for launching Sky Lanterns of all sizes.
2. Only launch Sky Lanterns in a large clear space
away from trees, powerlines and buildings. Do not use Sky
Lanterns within 5 miles of an airport.
3. If there is a slight breeze, ensure that when
launched, your sky lanterns do not fly towards buildings, trees,
airports, roads or any area they may pose a danger.
4. Ensure that all spectators stand upwind of the people launching the Sky Lanterns.
5. It is advisable to have a bucket of water or some sand close by in case of emergency.
6. Sky Lanterns are not a toy. Sky Lanterns should only be launched by a responsible Adult.
7. Do not use during prolonged periods of dry weather.
8. Do not launch torn or damaged Sky Lanterns.
9. Do not Launch Sky Lanterns if the glow could be misinterpreted as a distress signal.
10. Read all safety instructions carefully before launching Sky Lanterns.
STANDARD LANTERNS INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
1. Carefully open out the Sky Lantern and expand it to its full size.
2. Remove the Fuel cell from its packaging and attach the 4 wires to the wires under the Sky Lantern.
3. Open the Sky Lantern out and hold it upright. Light the Fuel Cell in several places to ensure an even burn. Be careful not to let the flame touch the paper.
4. The Fuel Cell should be left to burn until the Sky
Lantern has filled sufficiently with hot air. When it is ready to fly,
it will want to pull out of your hands (50-70 seconds). Release the Sky
Lantern with two hands, whilst making a wish - look up, admire and
Sky Lanterns are not suitable for use by persons under 18 years of age.
* In order to protect yourself and third parties, when
using the Sky Lanterns you must follow these safety instructions and the
operating instructions. Please exercise diligence by using common sense
when handling flammable components.
* Only launch Lanterns if the wind is below 7 miles per
hour. If there is light wind, determine its direction. Ensure that when
launched, the Sky Lanterns do not represent a danger by flying into or
over dry forests, buildings, roads, airports or electricity pylons.
* Do not use if under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
* Do not launch a torn or damaged Sky Lantern.
* If you intend to organise a mass Sky Lantern launch we recommended that you inform the relevant local authorities.
* Always avoid possible fire hazards. Do not use during
prolonged periods of dry weather. Please dispose of the packaging
materials carefully and responsibly.