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Posted 23 July 2005 - 08:40 PM

Hello all,
I have been wondering how reliable touch lamps are in demonstrating paranormal activity.
In the last house I lived in, the touch lamp in my room would go on and off by itself quite often.  Sometimes it would cycle through the light levels and others it would just turn on and stay on one level.  So the lamp was always unplugged when not in use (and never came on of course!)
I always put this down to the lamp being too sensitive to electrical currents etc and didn't take it to mean anything else.  There was very little other activity in the house.
Would this be a valid opinion?
Thanx guys.  smile.gif

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 09:25 PM

I agree about the touch lamps being sensitive to electrical currents and stuff, because mine used to do it all the time (especially when I was sleeping! hahaha) so I think it has to do more with electrical things rather than paranormal things biggrin.gif
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Posted 23 July 2005 - 10:36 PM

I myself would not use them. I have one that the smallest of bug can actually set it off.
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Posted 24 July 2005 - 01:30 PM

Mine did crazy stuff til it broke itself sad.gif

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Posted 24 July 2005 - 06:01 PM

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Mine did crazy stuff til it broke itself sad.gif

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Hehe, crazy suicidal lamp.

Thanks for the input - I thought they were pretty unreliable, good to see some other opinions and it is not just me they go crazy for!

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 02:11 AM

do an experiment.  put on thick wool socks and shuffle around your carpet long enough to build up a nice static charge then stand nearer and nearer to your lamp to see if you can set it off by your EMF.  of course, you might want to have someone handy with a wooden broomstick or a jacket of non-conductive cloth to rip your arcing body away from the lamp, should things go south... wink.gif
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Posted 25 July 2005 - 02:31 AM

ok, I dont' think I'll be trying that! tongue.gif
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Posted 25 July 2005 - 08:40 AM

sounds like a good idea actualy
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Posted 27 July 2005 - 02:06 AM

I would think there's at least a possibility that it could be something paranormal.We hear all the times about ghosts turning on light switches or opening and closing doors.If something is trying to initially make contact, a touch lamp would certainly require minimal force.
However, plenty of non-paranormal things could be the cause as well.My mother has one of these, and if a large truck goes down the road, or a rather loud rumble of thunder causes vibrations in the house, it will turn on and off.

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 06:35 AM

I use to think that one of my touch lamps was haunted until I found out that it was one of my cats. He likes to amuse himself by turning it on and off with his nose. It is so funny to watch him doing it.

I have also found out that it is very sensitive to electrical storms and power surges. During such occurrences it will turn it's self on and off. Real bothersome at 2am.  

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 07:21 AM

we had one in our bedroom that would change settings, go through the setting cycle and/or turn on and off whenever a train would go by or even sometimes when the jets would fly over (we live next to an AFB and are in the flight path..ok UNDER the flight path, obviously)

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Posted 31 July 2005 - 03:31 PM

my father has one that is always acting up
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Posted 01 August 2005 - 09:08 AM

I used to have one that would come on when nobody was near it too - it would also come on sometimes when I would just walk past it, and on more than one occasion I would wake up in the middle of the night and it would have turned on.

I threw it away after watching a scary movie - can't remember which one though The Ring maybe..


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Posted 01 August 2005 - 03:53 PM

QUOTE(Rhizanthella @ Jul 23 2005, 10:40 PM)
Hello all,
I have been wondering how reliable touch lamps are in demonstrating paranormal activity.
In the last house I lived in, the touch lamp in my room would go on and off by itself quite often.  Sometimes it would cycle through the light levels and others it would just turn on and stay on one level.  So the lamp was always unplugged when not in use (and never came on of course!)
I always put this down to the lamp being too sensitive to electrical currents etc and didn't take it to mean anything else.  There was very little other activity in the house.
Would this be a valid opinion?
Thanx guys.  smile.gif

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Probably "not very reliable" mine got triggered by: the cat, power surges, static electricity.... air conditioner blowing on it.... I eventually switched off the "touch" function it was lighting up any old time...even when no human was home.

If it still turns on, with the touch function switched off...then you might have something. biggrin.gif

Edited by trin, 01 August 2005 - 03:54 PM.

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Posted 02 August 2005 - 07:23 PM

QUOTE(Rhizanthella @ Jul 23 2005, 11:40 PM)
Hello all,
I have been wondering how reliable touch lamps are in demonstrating paranormal activity.
In the last house I lived in, the touch lamp in my room would go on and off by itself quite often.  Sometimes it would cycle through the light levels and others it would just turn on and stay on one level.  So the lamp was always unplugged when not in use (and never came on of course!)
I always put this down to the lamp being too sensitive to electrical currents etc and didn't take it to mean anything else.  There was very little other activity in the house.
Would this be a valid opinion?
Thanx guys.  smile.gif

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um very powerful ham radio signals can do that  because it did that to my touch lamp when he ever got on it

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Posted 04 August 2005 - 09:33 AM

Glad to hear our cat isn't the only one out there messing with the lamps.  For years she would turn the one in our bedroom on for us just as soon as it got dark.  She might have just been scared of the dark but it seemed to happen when she wanted to help out my husband.  Now she does this if we have forgotten to give her her bedtime treats.  She turns the light on, bright then hangs her head over the edge of the bed and waits for someone to notice.  Hey a deal is a deal and she keeps us honest.  Yes she is bossy and acts just like a cat.  Her name is psycho if that tells you why we do give her what she wants.  lol  
As for the lamp they are way to unreliable to even give it a second thought.  Ok maybe a ghost cat isn't out of the question???????





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