The Unexplained Phenomenon of People Who Turn Street Lights on/off When Walking by

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Have you ever noticed strange electronic phenomena happening in your presence? Better yet, are you turning on/off street lights when you walk by?

There are so many cases of unexplained phenomena, and just one story can leave you in awe. One such incident will seem almost unbelievable. A 53-year-old American housewife told this story to a researcher named Hilary Evans, who has long been engaged in the study of the phenomenon of people who can influence street lights:

“For a long time, I could not believe that the street lights go out at my approach. I first drew attention to this oddity when I started to attend lectures at the college in the evenings. Several times, as soon as I turned on my street, the lights at our house went out. I did not say anything to anyone because I thought there was something wrong with the lights.

Then I began to approach the house from the other side of the street, but soon the lights there began to go out too. I thought it was a striking coincidence. Once, for example, I was walking home with a friend and suddenly, as we were passing by, four lights went out. Once we walked away, all lights lit up again.

It’s still going on, and few believe me until they see it with their own eyes.”

Evans works with the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP) and receives such evidence from around the world.

From the early 90s, as a matter of fact, she has collected such testimonies and has profiled them in an ongoing project referred to as (SLIDE) or Street Light Interference Data Exchange.

She says that unlike other paranormal phenomena, this phenomenon, called Street light interference, does not depend on belief or disbelief of the people themselves. It just happens and leaves its “victim” in confusion and sometimes even fear.

Although these testimonies vary in description, many are still being recorded and continue to baffle researchers.

Electrical reasons

Electrical engineer Bill Beaty thinks that perhaps people who experience this phenomenon are actually similar to “walking generators“. That is, their bodies produce a significant amount of static electricity, which can affect the operation of street lights.

Many people, for example, produce static electricity, shuffling their feet on the carpet. Beaty said that some people are able to produce electricity, “getting” electrons from the air with each breath.

But if breathing can make us electrically charged, why don’t the electrical appliances turn off and on around us? Beaty said that maybe some people have some kind of virus, which is not discovered yet and changes the lungs of individuals so that they begin to work as a sort of internal power station.

In addition, Beatty admitted that he understands that this theory sounds like complete nonsense.

There are lots of very strange, incredible things. Some people manage to find the explanation for them and then get the Nobel Prize.”

And yet, some of these phenomena are never explained, leaving us to wonder and speculate for a long time. Sometimes, we even just write them off as oddities. In this case, I think the jury is still out.



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  1. Nas November 21, 2016 at 2:00 am - Reply

    Finally people who have gone through this!! I have actually caught it happening on video a couple times. I knew that they would do it. I really started to take note when it happened to me on foot. It could happen sporadically when I drove but I chalked it up to my car going off some sort of electric interference…now when I did it on foot I was walking around my neighborhood and the lights would turn off as I passed them. I started to have a cold sweat as they weren’t random but short and consistent changing in the lights status. Either they would shut off or turn on directly before I got to them and turn off as I passed them. I thought about the motion detection being a possibility but there are no detectors on the street lights.
    I then began to mess with the whole idea that it could be something odd or malicious. I even went as far as to feel it being demonic. I can make them turn on or off at will by simply saying on and off. I have video proof of this as well it’s very haunting. I feel fear and confusion. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who has this happen to them. I do feel a bit more at ease knowing that you all experienced the same issue. If you would like to talk about it or see the videos send me an email. [email protected]

  2. Susan February 14, 2017 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    This has been happening to me my entire life as far back as I can remember I’ve noticed a pattern of putting street lights out near me. I didn’t really pay it much attention until adulthood but it’s something I’ve always noticed, I guess I thought everyone noticed street lights going out on a very regular basis, or maybe just that it was coincidence, but then I’d see more of it the higher my stress level was. I used to have a terrible tardiness problem and when I’d be stressed out over being late I’d see a higher occourance of lights going out. I also struggle with issues of substance abuse which affects this situation 2 different ways, one, I lead a more high-stress existence than others without this affliction & have noticed many times the more stressed/mad/upset I was the more often street lights would go out & second, I’m forced to make at least one 80 mile round trip to go get my fix a day and I’m usually on the same roads over & over so I get the chance to take note of which lights I’ve seen go out & then whether or not they’re still out next time I drive by & also I’ve been able to see an extremely high occurrence of Street Light Interference simply because of the high amount of miles I travel, I figure, I’m bound to see more of this coincidentially than the average stay-at-home person yet it’s happening at a rate of at least 3x a week and sometimes as much as 6-7x in one week and also once in my 80 mile trip I saw 3 separate lights go out in one trip, several miles & minutes apart, I’ve never had multiple lights in a row go out. But on at least 3 other 80mi.round trips I’ve seen at least 2 lights go out, again several miles & minutes apart. I first looked into this phenomenon in my early 20’s and read somewhere that people who bmake lights go or ‘blow’ out are usually ‘healers’. I liked that, I stuck with it for awhile, I don’t think the S.L.I. Term was even around then, but low & behold a couple years ago I decided to look again and this is when I first heard the title of Street Light Interference & finally I saw myself! This is not my imagination & I don’t see how coincidence could explain it either given the high frequency that I witness this. My goal in commenting here is to hopefully speak to someone else who experiences this same thing. Everyone I’ve ever even admitted it to has looked at me like I’m crazy but I know there’s something bigger at work here. My theory, which is a completely uneducated guess, is that this has something to do with an individual’s level of electric activity, the energy around any given person, some may call it an aura. I really wasn’t as convinced until I started trying to keep track of where & when i saw a light go out & also my stress level & noticed what seems to me to be a direct link. I have at least one witness as well who I spent endless driving hours with who I could show, ‘look that one just went out’ and he also started realizing he had never experienced this before, in fact many people I’ve brought this up to have said, ”I don’t think I’ve ever noticed a street light go out…” which leads me to believe either they’re incredibly non-perceptive or this really is a phenomenon experienced only by a select few… Any further discussion on this topic would be greatly appreciated as I try to understand this fascinating all be it seemingly useless ‘gift’… I would love to contribute to more documented research of this occurring and have access to real answers, there has to be an explanation! Fellow SLIders please comment or contact me on Facebook or messenger (Susan Ringwall) I’d love to hear how our stories are parallel but also how they differ, is this a life-long re-occurring long noticed mystery like I’ve experienced, or are you skeptical? And why? I believe our energy & the vibrations we cast out have more to do with each of us than we give it credit & this would be a great place to start, it could be proof of an individual’s ‘energy field’ reaching far beyond the confines of our bodies, proof of stress & negative energy effecting tangible things outside of our minds & bodies, a real start to proving how our attitudes & feelings project out of our physical selves & are recieved by not only other humans and life but whatever is nearby that is receptive to such energies, such as a light bulb. I’m looking forward to hearing of more of your personal experiences, thanks in advance… ❤️-Slider Susie

  3. S May 24, 2017 at 4:42 am - Reply

    This happened to me just now. Maybe I am the chosen one. I would also like to hear other people’s opinions and thoughts

  4. Angela August 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Hi I have had this go on with me for the past 3years I walk every night different cities and I have street lights go out lightbulbs on buildings company signs at night it makes me feel like something is with me when it happens trying to tell me they are there .

  5. Jonathan Zukowski January 17, 2018 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    When my spiritiual awakening/ journey had first begun I experienced something similar. I was at a park with a couple friends when i was gazing off at a leaf that was hanging off of a tree individually when a whisper inside me said “You’re missing the bigger picture” thats when my mind noticed a light in the distance behind it and again a “whisper” inside me said “Turn around” and when i turned around my focus was immediately directed up at one of the lights and the moment my eyes locked onto it it turned off and never turned back on and it was truly one of thE MOST astonishing things I’ve witnessed in my entire life. One year later deeper into my spiritual journey I knew something was near, so; i said “If you are here touch my hand” i continued to put my right hand up but nothing happened, yet that whisper had told me to raise my left hand and as i did finger by finger i closed my hand into a fist when a ONE of the FOUR little garden lights at the house in front of me turned off which was Even MORE astonishing. That same night that whisper told me i needed to go to grissom park because something awaited my arrival well when i approached the park i noticed a bench in the darkness where the light was off and when i walked up to it and sat down it turned on as i asked questions it turned off and back on 3 times in a 3 miniute interva lwhen i was told by that whisper to cross the street, as im walking along the side of a fence i said “master” once and a street light approximately 15 feet away turned off. Later that light on my way home i came across a street light in the neighborhood that was off and once i got under it i looked up and from the very start of it it slowly started lighting up and once fully lit it started to illuminate from a white color into a bright goldish yellowish color like the rest of the lights. One night later on my way home i was passing a street on my board when i noticed it was filled with darkness at the end and ONCE AGAIN that whisper told me to go straight into the darkness.. well as im approaching the end i noticed the only street light at the end off and when i approached and stepped off my board and approached it it turned on then began to illuminate to the yellow color when i whispered “Father” it turned off, in true amazement i knew it was no coincidence but i did not believe it would happen twice as it glowed up again to white then yellow i whispered one last time “Father” and it turned off AGAIN. It sent chills throughout my entire body. As for what it could be well, i have a few theories; it could be powerful phsychic abilities, or even an arch angel per say but what I felt was much more powerful than that. I strongly feel like it is god trying to guide us and speak to us but because of fear and well our sub conscious mind we ignore it or dont even notice it.

  6. steve m June 4, 2018 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Hello peoples. Thought I was the only one to experience these kind of things. I noticed when I was an early teen, that when I was not watching the old tube tv’s, that they would turn off around me. My sister would noticed this many times. And Old street lights would turn off around me when stressed. Now that I’m older It these things still occur, but not often like before. Maby because I was diagnosed bipolar and now on meds. 🙁

  7. Nicoleen August 4, 2018 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    My street light goes on and off around me outside my house. It seems to be linked to chatting to my cousin internally. Does anyone else have telepathic ability?

    • Elisa November 12, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      Yes to both. But I don’t seem to effect lights so much as actually cause cars around me to cut-out -only when I am either deeply focusing emotionally upon something or very stressed. It does not actually effect my own car though!
      Earlier I may have effected a stereo once or twice and made it switch off, but this is less certain as it only happened a few times. (I did have a car which would strangely refuse to let me use the cd player on certain days, but that may have been down to an actual electrical error.)
      -The effecting cars around me, however, well it has happened too many times now for me to continue questioning.
      I did have a spiritual awakening in my early twenties and after that was when these things started happening and continue to happen. Have only ever been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder (due mostly to trauma that also brought about the step in spiritual awakening). Have experienced telepathy with mostly females but also males -mostly only within my own family. …Very difficult to prove.
      I tend to believe that in actual fact MOST people engage regularly with some degree of telepathy but that they are usually oblivious to noticing that they do it. And that is partly because they are not open to the possibility of having this ability.

      I avoid telling anyone about such experiences since people tend to presume it must be burgeoning insanity.
      Oh well, luckily there are plenty of “insane” psychic people in the world. So at least I’m not alone.

  8. Rebecca Roseberry September 18, 2018 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    I have had this happen to me for as long as I can remember. I guess I thought it happened to everyone but I later found out it doesn’t. It was suggested that it could have something to do with the car I was driving reflecting on a sensor but that can’t be because it happens no matter what car I’m driving or even if I am a passenger. There is one more thing that I’ve not heard others say happen to them. Over the years when I go to turn on a light switch. The moment I begin the switch motion an instant thought comes to me that the light bulb will pop or burn out. If this thought comes, the light goes out. I’ve never had the thought ( which comes to me in a nano second) and not had the bulb blow out. I never think about it happening ahead of that nano second when it happens. Anyone else? Never a false alarm either.

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