The Street Light Interference Phenomenon (SLIders)

Have you ever passed under a streetlight at night, only to notice it suddenly flicker off? While this occurrence in itself is not abnormal (street lights often overheat and turn off, only to turn on again once they’ve cooled), there are people who experience this more often than can be considered coincidental. These people are referred to as SLIders, and they are believed to possess certain psychic abilities that interfere with electricity. The term “Street Light Interference Phenomeneon” was coined by author Hilary Evans in 1993.

Because the existence and knowledge of SLI is very recent, there have been little to no tests conducted and the majority of supporting evidence is anecdotal. Theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli was known to known to break electrical equipment without even touching anything. This happened to regularly that many of Pauli’s scientist friends refused to allow him in their labs. His condition was so notorious that it was given a name, The Pauli Effect (x). Because of the recent surge in awareness of SLI, some believe that Pauli was a SLIder.

SLIDers can also affect other electronic devices. People have reported that they inadvertently destroy or hinder devices such as

  • Lamps
  • TVs
  • Toasters
  • Light bulbs
  • Cell Phones
  • Watches
  • Radios
  • Magnetic Tapes
  • Credit Cards
  • Remote Controls

Some who consider themselves SLIders claim to notice a difference in how they affect lights depending on their emotional states or actions. These are first hand accounts from self proclaimed SLIders:

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Street Light Interference

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.

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. 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.