Drone lights are battery powered LED lights mounted on an unmanned aircraft to provide visibility for the aircraft itself and to illuminate a specific area/object for the remote pilot and other users. They include, but not limited to, anti-collision lights, navigation lights, searchlights, and scene lights.
Anti-collision lights produce high-intensity light in aviation red or aviation white, 360° around the drone’s vertical axis. Strobes are a type of anti-collision lights which flash white light at a regular interval. Navigation lights, which are required for drones weighing more than 55 pounds, assist in indicating the relative path of a moving drone to the remote pilot and other observers. They consist of a steady red light on the left wing tip, a steady green light on the right wing tip, and a steady white light projecting rearward from the tail.
A searchlight is a spotlight designed to produce an approximately parallel beam of light for search-and-rescue missions. The intense, far reaching beam pierces the darkness to ensure long range visibility. A scene light is a floodlight designed for lighting a scene or object to a luminance greater than its surroundings. Scene lights are used to illuminate specific geometric areas for temporary lighting applications. Searchlights and scene lights are high power LED systems that produce a substantial volume of lumens.
While scene lights have their own integrated battery power supply, they may need an external power supply for longer periods of operation. Scene lighting requires the drone to hover over the working area. This makes it possible for the LED floodlight to be powered by a ground electricity source via cable connection.