Man Has Genius Way Of Changing Lightbulb That’s Right Out Of The Film Interstellar

by : Emily Brown on : 28 Oct 2021 17:50
Man Has Genius Way Of Changing Lightbulb That's Right Out Of The Film Interstellar@insta360_official/TikTok

How many people does it take to change a lightbulb? Well, if you take one man’s impressive method on board, none. 

Okay, that’s not strictly true, but it at least doesn’t involve anyone physically putting the lightbulb in the socket.


The futuristic, hands-free method comes from the TikTok account @insta360_official, which shared footage of the technique in action and was met with high praise and comments such as, ‘This is the GREATEST TikTok ever made.’

Person changing lightbulb (Alamy)Alamy

Rather than walking over to the bulb in need of changing and simply swapping it out with their hands, the video shows a bulb attached to a drone that is filmed flying in the direction of the socket.

However, it wasn’t as simple as slotting prongs of light bulb into some awaiting holes – this was a bulb that had to be screwed into place. Taking into account the fact the change would require both precise alignment and rotation, the creator, who goes by @insta360 on Instagram, saw an opportunity to add some drama to the scene by backing it with audio borrowed from Interstellar.

Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar (Paramount Pictures)Paramount Pictures

Fans of the film will no doubt immediately know which scene was used for the video; one which sees Matthew McConaughey’s character directing his ship to dock with another craft that is spinning out of control.

In the film, the crew can be heard narrating the alignment and rotation of the ship required in order to make the connection. Though they’re dealing with a much bigger issue than the changing of a lightbulb, the narrative works perfectly when it comes to the footage of the drone approaching the socket.

Check it out below:


Thankfully, both McConaughey and the person controlling the drone proved successful in their efforts, with both the ship and the lightbulb ultimately left secure.

The inclusion of the audio from the film makes for possibly the most dramatic example of a lightbulb being changed this world has ever seen, and fans were quick to make the creators know it, with one writing, ‘I was emotionally involved in this.’


Another commented, ‘A cinematic masterpiece.’

Obviously I don’t want to say that footage of a lightbulb being changed was more intense than a scene from a Hollywood movie, but if Christopher Nolan needs any help on his next film, I’d say he knows where to look.

If you have a story you want to tell, send it to UNILAD via [email protected]

Most Read StoriesMost Read


‘Oldest Woman In The World’ Born In 1800s Dies Aged 124

Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University and went on to contribute to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming Senior Journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories and longer form features.

Topics: Technology, Christopher Nolan, drone, Matthew McConaughey, Now, TikTok


  1. @insta360_official/TikTok

    This is a legit “lightbulb moment”