Blog Sky Lanterns

09-03-2018
by Rob Selen

How to launch our chinese flying paper lanterns?
Sky lanterns are not that different from hot air balloons, it is the heated air that makes this chinese lantern fly.

Launching or sky lanterns is not difficult, all it takes is enough hot air inside the balloon. It is obvious that heating the air as shown on the left will not work out, these lanterns are grounded forever! However, the guy on the right either knows his natural sciences or simply did read the attached manual: this is how you do it! One person holds the lantern from the top while the other lights the fuel from below.

Hint: the more of the four angles you will light the sooner the lantern will fly, normally it takes about 90 seconds.

Making our lanterns fly is not that difficult at all!

Simultaneous launch of Sky Lanterns: how to

24-03-2018
by Rob Selen


Simultaneous launch of Sky Lanterns: how to
  1. Demonstrate in advance how to open and light the lantaarn, ask all participants to wait for the start signal.
  2. Make sure that everybody has a lighter.
  3. Have the participants open the lantern.
  4. On 'ready set go' everbody lights his lantern, lighting more angles of the fuel cell makes the lantaarn heat up quicker.
  5. On 90 seconde after the 'ready set go' the signal 'go', participants can liberate the lantern in order to make it fly
Following the above procedure will make a simultaneous launch a success. Attached an example, the commercial for Eni shot a couple of years back at Rome. Art director of the commercial was Cesare Danese, he orders every year sky lanterns for New Years Eve.

Simultaneous launch of Sky Lanterns: how not to


Attached a film shot during an Italian event, festivities in the village. As you will notice there are lanterns that go up and immediately fall down, or don't go up at all. Why is that?

It does not depend on the quality of our lantaarns, the failrate is 0 % if lanterns are used correctly. All is caused by the time people are waiting for the go signal! Seems strange, all it takes is lighting the lanterns simultaneously, right?

Yes, that is correct, but there lies the problem, not all lanterns are lit simultaneously without ta proper procedure. With big groups there are always people that can't wait and think: 'I'm going to lite up mine so I don't have to wait'.

On the other hand there is always someone that lost his lighter, is third in row to light te lantern and after is given the lighter will read the manual and light te lantern.

By the time the second person has the lantern heated up properly, the lantern of the impatient participant will be almost spent. The lanterns to go up and fall down soon after are being launched by impatient lantern launchers.

It is possible to launch lanterns in order to have them fly away all together, all it takes is put in place a procedure and stick to it. But the risk is impatient people in your group that will spoil it.


Fix sky lanterns to a rope?

24-03-2018
by Rob Selen
Can i fix a sky lantern to a rope like a helium balloon?


We advise not lo attach Chinese flying paper lanterns to a rope, it can cause dangerous situations, after all a sky lantern is designed to fly free!

We from time to time use this technique in order to make pictures of the lantern while it floats in the air. But then again, we work with lanterns for about 10 years now which makes us experts, we know how to handle them.

In the absence of wind the risk is small, the lantern will rise and stay more or less above your head.

If there is a gush of wind it is a different story, the wind will try to make the lantern move sideways, the wire will block this movement and make it tilt. The flame will remain vertical, the lantern will be tilted, the flame will touch the paper. Our lanterns will not catch fire since we use fire retardant paper, but being very thin paper the flame will burn a hole in this chines paper lantern making the hot air escape and the structure fall down with the fuel cell still burning.

Don't try this at home!

How to light our lanterns

10-03-2018
by Rob Selen

How to launch our chinese flying paper lanterns?
Sky lanterns are not that different from hot air balloons, it is the heated air that makes this chinese lantern fly.

Launching or sky lanterns is not difficult, all it takes is enough hot air inside the balloon. It is obvious that heating the air as shown on the left will not work out, these lanterns are grounded forever! However, the guy on the right either knows his natural sciences or simply did read the attached manual: this is how you do it! One person holds the lantern from the top while the other lights the fuel from below.

Hint: the more of the four angles you will light the sooner the lantern will fly, normally it takes about 90 seconds.

Making our lanterns fly is not that difficult at all!

Nordic World Ski Championships 2013

20-02-2013
by Rob Selen
The launch of our lanterns was an important event during the opening ceremony of the Nordic World Ski Championships on February 20, 2013. Our lanterns had the perfect setting, the happening was broadcasted live on RAI sport from the Stadio del Fondo di Lago di Tesero, Val di Fiemme.
Viessmann, one of the leading international manufacturers of heating systems, was one of the main sponsors of this global event. Security being one of their main focus points they have ordered our flying lanterns to light up the opening ceremony of this big event. For this special occasion we have personalized these sky lanterns with Viessmann's logo. A perfect way of making publicity, not only for them but also for us!
After Viessmann many companies have chosen this personalized flying sky lanterns to light up the heavens, it is a suggestive and fun way of making publicity. Even if you don't have a big budget but want to be sure that your logo ends up in many posts on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or other social media: order our sky lanterns with your logo and make them fly!
After many years of research our sky lanterns are constructed in such way that they are very easy to use: all it takes is opening them, light up the fuel cell and within 90 seconds this small hot air balloon will take of and will will bring your logo to a height of approximately 600 - 800 meters.
Some find the combination of open flame and thin paper scary, rest assured that we have thought that over! The first sky lanterns used normal paper, if the flame touches the paper it is likely that it will go up in flames. This can happen while heating them up, but it can also happen in the sky: nobody wants a second 'Hindenburg disaster' during the promotion tour, right? For those that don't know the story, the Hindenburg was a huge Zeppelin filled with hydrogen gas that took fire in 1937 and fell burning out of the sky.
Learning from the Hindenburg we treat the paper of our sky lanterns in order to make it fire resistant, so this no longer can happen. The lanterns heat up, you let them go, they fly until they reach 600 - 800 meter height, the flame goes out and the lantern slowly floats back to earth. Materials used are biodegradable
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Sky lanterns for publicity purposes

02-12-2010
by Rob Selen

On the second dicembre of 2010, some time after the shoot of this publicity movie for ENI with our Sky Lanterns, we have received an email from the art director of this spot. Since he is Italian we have translated the content.

Hi guys,

I know the lanterns from the spot we made in Rome for ENI (I am the Art Director) where we have used them. I live in Mallorca in the countryside and have thought to use your lanterns one special evening, for instance New Years Eve, think my 2 year old daughter will like them better than the usual fire crackers. Hope you will send me the same white ones as we used last time

p.s. at below link you can watch the spot of ENI with the lanterns, kind regards, Cesare Daneser> are Daneser>

voordeel verpakking 20.

p.s. op onderstaande link kunnen jullie de film zien die we destijds gedraaid hebben voor ENI met de vliegende lantaarns. Een vriendelijke groet aan jullie allemaal.


Cinese cultural year in Italy

05-10-2010
by Rob Selen

East meets West

On the 5 and 6th of October 2010 the Chinese premier Wen visits Italy Rome to open the cultural Chinese your in Italy.

Rome colors red and gold during these days, it is our cloth lanterns that hang from the lamp posts near the colosseum.


It's our 75 lanterns 140 cm diameter that hang from the lampposts in the Fori Imperiali Rome

The Chines embassy has given these lanterns as a gift to Rome.

BACARDI Sky Lantern

28-07-2009
by Rob Selen

Bacardi Island

This global commercial was shot in Malta and Vancouver. Director: Sam Brown. Creative team: Mark Waldron / Dave Godfree. Agency: RKCR/Y&R. Creative director: Damon Collins. Year: 2009

The idea is very original, if no island to party we'll make a party. Magnificent detail are the sky lanterns of course that lift off from the island.

Music, dance, Bacardi, Sky lanterns, in short: PARTY.

Some years later we have printed 1000 sky lanterns with the Bacardi logo, unfortunately we have never seen where they have been used for...