Friday, December 14, 2012

Street Light Interference Phenomenon

I stumbled upon this interesting article today and thought it might be of interest to some folks here: 

From Wikipedia:

Street light interference, or SLI, is an alleged anomalous phenomenon where a person seems to turn off (or sometimes on) street lights, or outside building security lights, when passing near them.
Although street lights can turn off by chance, such as high pressure sodium street lights cycling (turning on and off repeatedly) at the end of their life cycle, believers in street light interference tend to claim that it happens to them personally on a regular basis, more frequently than chance would explain. Some propose paranormal explanations for SLI, sometimes based on scientific terminology, such as the explanation that electrical impulses in their brain interfere with the workings of electric lights. Anecdotes about people's experiences of SLI have been reported by news sources.[1]
SLI has never been demonstrated to occur in a scientific experiment, and those who claim to cause it have been found to be unable to reproduce the effect on demand; they give the explanation that the effect is not within their mental and physical control.[2] Many times they do report, however, that it occurs with specific lamps and not just randomly shutting off street lights or electrical lamps in general.[3][4]

I found this interesting mainly because I myself have experienced this in a fairly regular (nearly daily) basis for years- oddly it seems to be increasing over time as well. While it is entirely possible this is an example of merely noticing something others don't notice- I find it rather strange that it happens to me so frequently- sometimes 4 or 5 times in the course of a night.

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