What are drone lights used for?

Some might think using a drone light doesn’t warrant much attention, but those in the know wouldn’t leave for a job without it. We have worked with drone lights for a long time, and know for a fact that drones and proper lighting work in tandem to extend hours of operation, provide added visibility and provide the flexibility to tackle more demanding and complex situations.

In this post, we’ll cover som ground on the main areas of use for drone lights. Or more specifically, what drone lights are used for. We hope this will shed some more light – pun intended – on the matter of adding a drone light to your everyday drone work.

We already touched on some of the key benefits drone lights add to your workflow – i.e. extending hours of operation and adding possibilities you didn’t have before – and these benefits extend to a number of applications. Let’s take a look at some of them:

Access in hard to reach areas

By themselves, the key driver for drone use is being able to access places difficult to reach. Ok, we could use a helicopter, but we all know that is more costly by a factor of many. So, drones provide an affordable alternative when you need to capture video or stills from an aerial perspective or in hard to reach places. To complement this, you use a drone light to gain even more accessibility and since the light is powerful and can help you see through shadows, in dim light or at night, there can be no question that drone lights help you access hard to reach areas to an even greater extent than by simply just using the drone by itself.

Search and rescue

SAR operations can be unpredictable, and in many cases the whole point is to be prepared for any eventuality. By using drone lights, you can mitigate the potential downtime or overcome the challenges of dim light or night. Better lighting helps you locate, monitor and assess a situation more effectively, and provides the maximum potential to gather sufficient data to take action. In addition, the very presence of a proper light might provide relief for the situation or help solve an otherwise difficult situation.

Disaster recovery

When disaster strikes, there can be no question drones are helpful in reducing the risk and safety of staff and people. In many cases, where humans can only venture with great risk – like with floods, leaks or in unstable conditions – a drone can take a birds view approach and gather data safely. The drone light adds onto this and provides better image quality and longer hours of operation.

Safety inspections

Thermal imagery is one use case where you use thermal cameras to identify leaks or heat for different purposes. Another could be to inspect the condition of parts or sections of assets such as powerlines, constructions, dams and more. With powerful lighting to assist in the inspection work, it will be easier to gather reference imagery required and provide lighting for when it is dark.

Firefighting

Firefighters often have the challenge of working under extreme and dangerous conditions. By using drones to check buildings for people or look in through windows to identify challenges, they help save lives through the use of drones. One challenge can be to “see through the shadows” or in extreme dark conditions, inside and outside. Again, drone lights are highly useful and need to be powerful enough to alleviate such situations, something that the Automoving Light was designed to accommodate.

Infrastructure and construction projects

Finally, getting an overview and inspecting constructions and infrastructure projects are important and effective use cases where drones are used efficiently. If you can extend your hours of operation, the ROI for using your time and equipment will be higher. No doubt.

So, what do you think drone lights can be used for? Did we miss something? One thing is certain, they are useful for a number of reasons and if you want us to add to the list, please let us know in the comments below.

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Maintain visual line of sight
The powerful built-in anti-collision lighting and position lighting makes it easier to maintain visual line of sight of your drone. Fly more safely and reduce the risk of drone operations at night.

Become visible to other aircrafts
Three strategically placed anti-collision (strobe) lights provide other aircraft with awareness of your drone´s presence during night.

Anti-collision and navigation lighting

We designed the Automoving Light unit to include powerful built-in anti-collision (strobe) lighting and position lighting for safe and easy night flying.

Safe and easy navigation
The position lights are placed on the left and right side with red and green coloured lighting. These enable you to know the drone’s direction of flight and make navigation easier, for safer night flying.

Designed for high visibility
The powerful, white, anti-collision (strobe) lights, flashing 40 times per minute, are designed to provide high visibility from 3+ statute miles distance.

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