Talk:Sky lantern

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Where to purchase sky lanterns[edit]

This space contained adverts for purchasing skylanterns. The text was therefore deleted.Takeaway (talk) 17:18, 17 February 2009 (UTC)


Piano, I find it amazing that you still have links from other sky lantern websites yet we were one of the first to edit this page and yet you keep on deleting our link which offer more information pics etc about sky lanterns and we are the largest manufacturer of Sky Lanterns from Thailand, interesting!! There is information on the article page which is in correct and I am offering readers the chance to get questions answered ie size, where to buy etc and offer CORRECT information. Are you not interesting in giving readers this? < this space contained advertising and was therefore deleted >

Please do not spam this page with advertising. If you want to give readers correct information, do so by adding the information without adding the link to your commercial website. All other commercial links have also been deleted. Takeaway (talk) 13:49, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

How big?[edit]

It would add to the article to know how big these are. The pictures tell a lot, but it is hard to guess if they are a half meter or 3 meters tall. 4.253.43.213 (talk) 01:20, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

The text which was contained here was deleted for being a advert. But as to answer the question: skylanterns come in many sizes, from around 1/2 meter until around 2 meters high although bigger ones are possible. Most tend to be around 1 to 1 1/2 meters high.Takeaway (talk) 17:22, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

Places they are banned[edit]

Permanently banned in Australia due to the fire risk http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/974496 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 60.240.172.112 (talk) 08:56, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

The "list of banning locations" could be expanded on an ongoing basis: It has become a trendy part of wedding and other celebrations:[1], [2]. To stifle this urge, several states and counties in the US have banned them as recently as this month: [3], [4], [5].. Authorities in Wales, on the other hand, refused to ban them, although farmers say they have caused loss of livestock and compared their use to littering.[6]. In India and the Phillipines mass releases continue to be popular.[7], [8]. Edison (talk) 14:11, 1 June 2013 (UTC)

Sky laterns without open fuel sources[edit]

In relation to the safety issue, is there any research being done into a sky lantern made without fire? like helium + LED? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 60.240.172.112 (talk) 08:56, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

See the next section: feel free to help with the editing work! Boud (talk) 00:20, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

Balloon-carried light effect should be merged here[edit]

IMHO Balloon-carried light effect should be merged here. Just because people are replacing candles by LEDs or other modern types of lighting does not change the idea of a sky lantern sufficiently to create a separate encyclopedia article. Boud (talk) 00:10, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

Some minor rewording would be needed in the merge, since the present sky lantern article refers to the candle-lit version in several places, e.g. in the Danger section. Boud (talk) 00:14, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

A sky lantern is a cultural tradition and works as a hot air balloon, relying on a fuel source. This is definatly not about some rubber helium balloon, or anything else. The article Balloon-carried light effect is about the light effect, which can be from any balloon, and its uses can range from anything, like research, rescue, ect. I don't get why you changed the lead sentence in that article, because its obvious that the article is not specifically about skylanterns:
From A balloon-carried light effect is a special effect carried by a balloon, which can be fixed with a rope to the ground or free-flying.
To A balloon-carried light effect is a special effect carried by a sky lantern, which is a balloon that can be fixed with a rope to the ground or free-flying.
Disagree with merge. --Cold Season (talk) 04:39, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

Sky Lanterns refer to a specific deviced used during specific occasions and carry its own distinct cultural significance. This is not the same as a general gas filled airborne device carrying one or more light sources for a variety of uses.

Disagree with merge. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.116.59.13 (talk) 07:59, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
Oppose merge. Too many differences as mentioned above. - Takeaway (talk) 10:51, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
Oppose merge. Different subjects. Edison (talk) 14:22, 1 June 2013 (UTC)

Usage of the candle-lit version in Europe in the New Year of 2012[edit]

The candle-lit version has been used in at least one town in Central Europe on the New Year of 2012, i.e. 1 Jan 2012. Apparently the usage of candle-lit sky lanterns was shown in a recent, popular Hollywood type film. There might possibly be newspaper reports (i.e. RS) about the fire hazard if any fires are started, especially if there were a large number of copycat incidents in places where the New Year is warm enough for the fire hazard to be high. Boud (talk) 00:10, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

Home made model[edit]

Is there any description from reliable sources of the following model? As young teenagers we used to launch them during very dark and cold nights. (The cooler the better.) They were made using the long, thin-walled plastic bags used for dry cleaned clothes or clothes from commercial laundries. A cross was made with drinking straws which were taped together. Then small birthday candles were placed along the straws, using pins to hold them upright. This arrangement was then placed in the opening of the bag. Someone would then hold the closed end of the bag and dangle it while others carefully lit the candles. As the air heated and filled the bag, it would expand and slowly lift into the night sky, where we would watch it until it disappeared from sight at very great height. Yes, it was a potential fire hazard, but kids don't always think about such things....;-) -- Brangifer (talk) 01:55, 8 April 2012 (UTC)

The article should not include a suggestive "how-to" section, per WP:NOT, and per avoiding encouraging young pyros to build and launch the firebombs. Edison (talk) 14:03, 1 June 2013 (UTC)

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