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VIDEO: DJI Mavic drone operator screws in lightbulb

How many drones does it take to change a lightbulb? Just the one… Bulb is flown up to the socket and even screwed into place by remote control

  • A pilot was able to screw in a bulb into a light fitting using a small drone 
  • The operator used an Insta360 Go 2 camera to monitor the difficult manoeuvre
  • Amazingly, the operator was able to successfully dock the bulb in the fitting 


This is the moment a drone pilot fitted a lightbulb using a quadcopter and a tiny action camera.

For the stunt set up by small action camera manufacturer Insta360, a lightbulb was attached to a wine cork which had been stuck to the top of a drone. 

A small action camera was attached to the rear of the drone – as they are not fitted with cameras showing the top of the device.

The drone pilot fitted the lightbulb to the top of his machine using a wine cork and balanced that weight with a Insta360 Go 2 action camera attached to the rear. The operator needed the camera to monitor the exact position of the bulb in comparison with the fitting

When approaching the target, the operator had to be careful that the drone's rotors did not hit the light fitting which would send the device plummeting to the ground, possibly shattering a blade

When approaching the target, the operator had to be careful that the drone’s rotors did not hit the light fitting which would send the device plummeting to the ground, possibly shattering a blade

In the footage, the drone is piloted through a living room, dodging furniture before climbing towards the light fitting. 

The Insta360 Go 2 action camera on the back of the drone allowed the operator to see the threads of the screw-in light bulb and line it up with the socket. 

The operator had to be careful when approaching its target that the drone’s rapidly spinning blades did not hit the light fitting. 

The one-minute long video shows the drone move into position below the light fitting, gradually inching towards its target. 

When the drone is positioned correctly below the light fitting, the operator gradually increases power to dock the bulb into the socket. 

The pilot then spins his drone anti-clockwise to screw the bulb in place. 

After a couple of rotations, the bulb flickers to life. 

The footage has been shown more than three million times on TikTok, where it was given a dramatic soundtrack featuring Matthew McConaughey in the hit Hollywood sc-fi movie Interstellar.

The pilot was able to successfully dock the light bulb into the fitting after several attempts

The pilot was able to successfully dock the light bulb into the fitting after several attempts 

The operator was able to successfully fit the bulb - although the video did not show how they managed to detach the bulb from the bulb, allowing the drone to land safely

The operator was able to successfully fit the bulb – although the video did not show how they managed to detach the bulb from the bulb, allowing the drone to land safely

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