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Readers Respond: Do street lights go off when you go by them?

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I'm most definitely a SLIder. For instance, last night when I was about to do my laundry, I flashed my key card to get in and I made all of the lights flash for a minute, then the electricity went out in the whole apartment complex and the one next to me. Then I got into my car and my car lights started flashing. I have a key card that I use to get into the gym/laundry room and the security gate, and what's weird is most of the time when I use it, I make the gates mess up. Somehow I suck up all the energy. I asked other people if it happens to them and they say no and give me weird looks. I mean, it's extremely strange that I took out all the electricity in two apartment complexes. I don't know what's wrong with me. Everywhere I go, I make lights go out. Streetlights, lamps, my TV. Also, every cell phone I've had, including the one I have now, the battery doesn't last long. It's very strange.
—Guest kaylie

At an advanced stage

For starters, I would like to say that I am sure glad that I am not the only person facing this "problem." I would like to tell you what the advanced form of this phenomenon is, in my own humble opinion, as it applies to me. My hierarchy of this phenomenon: 1. Cause light bulbs -- including streetlights -- to go off, lose their brightness or become brighter. 2. Cause light bulbs to flicker. 3. Cause wristwatches/clocks -- analog or digital -- to freeze or stop working. 4. Cause computers to hang/freeze, go off or restart, electronic gadgets to malfunction, like causing your mobile phones to go off. 5. Disrupt the signals of TV and radios sets. 6. Blow up bulbs, blow up televisions. 7. Cause the radio or TV set volume to increase or decrease. 8. Cause TV screens to brighten or diminish in contrast and/or brightness. 9. Cause a blackout -- a minor type (over small area), and a major type that blows up a transformer and affects a much wider area. 10. Hear someone's thoughts.
—Guest OSY

Streetlights pop

I have always had this happen throughout my life. I've spent many hours trying to figure it out. I have found that it has something to do with how I am feeling at the time. When I'm really optimistic, feeling satisfied, feeling positive and excited mostly about my career, it happens more often. I had one instance that actually scared me. I stood by the street light and demanded that it pop. It popped immediately. I try to ignore it these days.
—Guest Becca

Is it genetic?

I'm so glad I found this place. I have tried to get to the bottom of this for years. I think there must be some genetic properties to this, since my kids and my sister also report this phenomena. I didn't discover this until it kept happening over and over one night on the way home and we shared notes. We have all found that it seems to be when we are more emotional for whatever reason. When my kids and I are in the car, it can get bizarre. However, we don't seem to have any control on this. When we walked by lights at a hotel and 5 in a row went off I knew something was not right. All my life I have had bulbs blow, camera and camcorder batteries are drained, etc. In fact, I bought another camera because I thought it was defective. Recharged batteries will not hold for me. I have never gotten through any of my kids' programs without it going out. My daughter has problems with printers and my sister with computers. Never can get my computer to load right when stressed and in a hurry.

Me too

I often look at a street light when driving and for a split second think 'turn off' and it does, I don't need to be stressed though. I also give people electric shocks a lot, and couldn't figure how I was getting shocks off of plastic and natural materials til I realised it was me giving the shock. My central locking always unlocks itself as I walk away from the car, and has done on previous cars, and I often feel the prescence of electricity inside me somehow. Oh and with a slinky I can change tv channels!
—Guest Sweetdelirium

This is amazing...

I'm glad to see I am not the only one asking about this. Not only does this happen to me with street lights, watches, laptops, but also with sound or wind. Let me explain. It always happens when I am in train of thought. Concentrating on just simple thoughts or tasks that I am planning. When I come back from being in that thought process, I realize some type of reaction like my curtains move as if air was blown or sounds from TV get significantly louder. It's definitely amazing at times, but I wish I'd know a way to control this or perhaps make stronger for better understanding. I hope there are some breakthroughs on this matter. I'm sure it will help many and we may possibly be on a verge of changing the way we think -- literally.
—Guest Adam October


This happens to me just often enough to catch my attention. Back in high school (this dates me, I know!) whenever I used any of the electric typewriters in typing-class they would go "wonky" on me. It got the point where my teacher asked me what I was doing to them. I showed him and even he couldn't find an explanation for these occurrences. Ditto for sewing machines.
—Guest newbyguest

Car's electrical system goes wonky

This is the first time I have heard other people having this. I go through alot of light bulbs. I have 3 cars that went through electrical problems. My friends' cars, if i am in them awhile, even though they said they never had problems, when I am not in them they have no problem. Car radio will go on even though there are no keys in the ignition, lights will dim and go bright, or the light bulb blows. I thought I was crazy. I am glad there are others. Wonder what it means, what's it for? If anybody has answers, please email or respond. Thanks.
—Guest maryann


I've noticed this throughout my life (I'm 40). I always wrote it off to coincidence, etc. However, last summer, I was on vacation with my family at a resort on Lake Michigan. We were on the 2nd floor of a large hotel, with a balcony. There was a path lit by sodium vapor lights running quite close to the building below, visible from the balcony. I sat after dark on the balcony smoking a cigar, when I thought of an experiment. I willingly turned the lights off in sequence, then had them turn back on. No joke. It shocked me, but there is something to this phenomenon, and it can be controlled somewhat. Now, in my home, I often "blow-out" the "can" lights in my ceiling (they seem really susceptible to it) ALL the time. They last about a month, if that (kinda expensive, too). I also have four watches that have stopped working (nice watches too; not cheapies or anything). There IS something factually, physically going on here.
—Guest ryan41


I have noticed that street lights go out when I get near them, either walking or in a car, for my whole life. This happens pretty much every time I go out. Watches never work on me, and computers act up and freeze all the time. Light bulbs constantly blow when I turn on lamps. I am full of static electricity also. Now my 11-year-old son noticed he has this, too. Recently, we were in a parking lot and noticed that the lights would dim as we got closer and brighten as we drove away. We kept repeating our actions, and the lights kept doing it, so it was not a coincidence -- we were doing it. Mostly all this does not bother me, but I would like to wear a watch, since I am a nurse!
—Guest KatB


I go through many many light bulbs, and often after changing the bulb the actual wall unit will no longer work. I lived in a house with track lighting and after three years no lights would work again. I often blow fuses when I am very angry or when I cry. I have never been able to wear a watch and now I go through two or three cell phones a year. My computer at work is on its third hard drive in four years. When my boyfriend would sleep over, my TV would make a static sound while it was turned off. It happened nearly every time he slept over, but never happened while I was alone. Does anyone else have similar issues?
—Guest heathersfreedom


Every day and night when I come and go from my apartment, at least 3-4 of lights in the surrounding complex go on or off. They don't go all the way out, just almost all the way to a faint dull orange glow. I can trigger them with eye contact, by walking, or driving past. Sometimes if I am parked I can affect all the lights in a lot, like at the train station. Sometimes I can even snap my fingers and they will react. It started with just them turning off, but now I can turn them back on as well. I've gotten stronger as I've gotten older since now I affect many lights, many times a day, both on and off. I wish there were more studies to help us understand our ability.
—Guest Silverlight

Didn't really think much of it

Wow... I never thought much of this until I was reading this article. I don't have TVs and radios turning off, but street lamps, hallway lights in my apartment building and parking structures will just shut off.
—Guest Guerst LaRue

Of course

In my area they do have lights that are triggered by passing cars, but long before that I used have whole rows of lights shutting off as I drove home from work, not the same set of lights. And usually the worse my day at work was the more lights shut off. If you ask if I'm a slider, the answer is yes. Others have asked that before.
—Guest Alan

Street Lights

This does happen to me quite regularly. What I find is, it is not all street lights are affected by me, but every time I pass certain lights, they will go out. These lights are in completely different locations many miles apart, but every time I pass them, they go out. I have always wondered what the cause was, and it happens when I am alone or with someone. It has happened to me all my life. People I have told about this and then had them witness it with me really don't know what to think. And honestly neither do I.
—Guest John

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