Drones have revolutionized photography and filmmaking by bringing complicated aerial shots into the hands of more users. For their next trick, they’ll serve as hovering light stands. Light and Motion’s new Stella Drone light is among the first of a new crop of drone-based LEDs designed to provide aerial illumination. It mounts via a 1/4-20 screw and Light and Motion says it can be adapted to mount to the frame of a number of different drones. The Stella 5000d delivers 5,000 lumens or 10,300 Lux at 1 meter with a native 120-degree beam that can be modified with existing Stella Pro lenses to cast a tighter 50-or 25-degree beam. It is daylight balanced with a CRI of over 90. It can be controlled from the drone’s remote, which has modes for dimming and strobe. It weighs 1.6 pounds, so it will add some weight to your drone and reduce its flying time. The light is designed to draw power (up from 45W) from a 4s or 6s battery through an XT-60 connector (or other connectors with a bit of DIY wiring), and connects to a spare channel on an RC receiver with a servo plug to control the light from a transmitter on the ground. The 5000d is waterproof to a depth of 100 meters and can survive a 1 meter drop on concrete—not enough to save it from a very high crash but tough enough to survive a hard landing.
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