How many Acoustic Lanterns do I need for a given room?
There are no hard rules when it comes to acoustic treatment, but most find that if they employ between 15% and 20% of the wall surface area, you will find the results to be effective. Good news… start with 10%… if you are not satisfied, you can always add more.
What makes Lanterns better than regular baffles?
Lanterns are not necessarily better than baffles like the Saturna™. They are an alternative that look different which in some cases, will make them more appealing.
Can I mix Saturna baffles with Acoustic Lanterns?
Absolutely. This can result in some really exciting designs while adding even great acoustic absorption!
Can I wrap the Lanterns with another fabric to match my furniture?
Yes. These are more difficult to do than regular panels as you cannot hide the seams. So long as the fabric is breathable, it will work without affecting the acoustical properties. Simply use a spray on adhesive and take your time!
Will Lanterns put off an odor like other acoustic panels?
The ‘new carpet’ smell that people often complain about is a one that you must live with until the odor dissipates. If you are extra sensitive we suggest airing out the panels for a few days in a garage.
Are there any places one should avoid placing the panels?
Yes, you should always keep them away from the heating and cooling systems. These produce radical temperature shifts which can affect the adhesives that hold the fabric onto the panels.
Can I use Lanterns in a gymnasium?
You can, but we do not recommend it. The Lanterns will likely be used as a target as soon as that young 14 year old has the chance to test his batting skills!
Can I use Lanterns in a school cafeteria?
Yes, but always check with local authorities as there are usually limitations when panels are used in kitchens due to sanitary reasons. This is because of the soot that kitchen stoves can produce which of course would get into the panels and be impossible to clean.
Can I use Lanterns in a restaurant?
Yes. In the restaurant eating area, it is not a problem. But just as described above, soot that kitchen stoves can produce can get into the panels and be impossible to clean. Thus, local health authorities may require special washable panels in the kitchen.
Can I use Lanterns to tame the echo in an indoor swimming pool area?
No. You should use products designed to be in high humidity places that will not be affected by the chemicals.