Can Light Effects Attract Ghosts?

Can light effects attract ghosts?

Could light effects trigger ghosts, or at least anomalies? Maybe.

This morning, when I stumbled onto the following video about strobe lights and ghosts, I was intrigued.

Frankly, the video doesn’t show much. First, you’ll see the investigator introducing the video.

Then, if you’re still watching, you’ll see about three minutes of him investigating with a flashing strobe light.

(I noted only minor anomalies, and all of them require further study/debunking.)

After that, he spends a few minutes describing visual/light phenomena he’s observed.

Here’s the video, if you want to see it. Warning: A strobe light flashes starting around the 0:45 point.

YouTube link:

So… why would I share a 4+ year old video that doesn’t show much…?

First of all, I appreciate any researcher who tests fresh ideas.

That’s one reason I’ve always been a fan of the Klinge brothers’ research. (You may recall them from the TV series, Ghost Lab. It was among my favorites. You may find clips of it at YouTube, and streaming at sites like Amazon Prime Videos.)

But more importantly, Alejandro’s concept – attracting ghosts with a strobe light – made me wonder about “sparkles” we sometimes see when we’re taking ghost photos.

After all, many digital and point-and-shoot cameras send out at least one, brief flash of light.

Some cameras use that flash for metering, and to reduce “red eye” in photos of people. Many people never notice it.

I wonder if – in haunted settings – it might have a similar effect to a strobe.

Perhaps we need to test more lighting effects during our investigations.

In addition, it may be worthwhile to combine those flashing lights – from strobes and cameras – with a laser grid. If something more is going on, that grid might reveal it.

For the best effects, I’d set up a video recorder, and keep it filming the area covered by the laser grid, while using a strobe or taking photos.

Light or Electrical Impulses?

Of course, we’re not sure what (if anything) ghosts see in our realm.

In general, I’ve usually thought of “lights out” as something theatrical, to increase the drama on ghost hunting TV shows. However, I’ll admit that darkness makes it easier to focus on anomalies; we’re not distracted by everyday visual elements.

Some paranormal investigators useĀ loosened flashlights as a yes/no means of communications. But, I’m pretty sure those answers are the result of electrical (EMF) surges, and have nothing to do with the light itself.

Also, we speculate aboutĀ shadow people, who may be an absence of light – something that absorbs (or consumes) light energy – rather than an actual shadow.

And then there are orbs, which are a very controversial topic. But, if most of them are dust or moisture, why do orbs show up in haunted locations, but not a hundred yards away, under identical conditions?

Is there some ghost-light connection we’ve overlooked?

In my opinion, we need to investigate with special lighting effects, to see what happens.

If you’ve tried anything like this, let me know your results. Or, if you have suggestions to improve (or expand) research with light and shadows, I’m interested.

8 thoughts on “Can Light Effects Attract Ghosts?”

  1. Okay, this is a bit tangential, but I was looking for another article related to this subject, and I ran across this video of this psychic dude who claims that he is able to move objects with his mind. He has also claimed that Dean Radin made him aware of a breakthrough in telekinesis. Apparently, the psychic dude was able to move things with his mind, but NOT able to move things with his mind in a vacuum chamber. Perhaps this has some relevance to how ghosts cause these phenomena. Check out the video at the link, just below:

    1. That concept is fascinating, Mark! Studies of telekinesis or psychokinesis (PK) go back decades. More people are willing to believe it, now, as there have been so many lab tests to document it. Conclusions vary, in terms of explaining how it works, but the phenomenon seems widely accepted.

      I’ve speculated that there’s some electrical impulse or field involved. Later, I’ll watch the full video & read the paper, and post an article about it. (It’s a busy day here, and I’m kind of rushing through online work.) I think many people will be interested in this.

      As I see it, telekinesis (or PK) could explain some poltergeist activity. It could also explain some environmental reactions when a team investigator says something like “if a spirit is here, close that door,” and the door closes.

      In my opinion, we need to consider the possibility that paranormal investigators are – knowingly or unknowingly – influencing some activity. That includes people who see/feel/hear events from the past, and think it’s coming from a ghost or a portal to another time, or… well, there are lots of ways to consider that. (I’m one of those who sometimes “see” past scenes – usually like a mental movie – in locations where I had no knowledge of that particular history.) I have to consider the possibility that someone – part of the team, or a tour guide/historian with us – has the knowledge we see/feel/hear, and we’re perceiving it via telepathy. In that case, it’s ESP, not anything ghostly, including residual energy.

      So, I think you’ve raised some great questions, and linked to an excellent starting point for further research & speculation. Thanks!

      Cheerfully, Fiona

      1. You’re welcome, Fiona. I would also add to that that even if a place has real ghosts in it, it is possible that the PK that the ghosts are using is the same PK that some psychic humans use. There might be a way to get some more insight into that possibility, but I don’t know if we could ever get the amount of money and effort that would be necessary to make the experiment a reality. I’ll explain it, below, though, just as a thought experiment, if nothing else. (or on the small possibility that it can be made into a reality at some point)

        The first thing that would be needed is to find a haunted building with regular paranormal movement of objects (the smaller the better) that we can cut holes into the sides so that we could put cameras (both regular and night vision cameras) reasonable far away and zoom into the holes and see everything that it going on in the building – easier said than done. We would also need to get a lot of footage of the movement regularly on the cameras to make sure that the movement doesn’t stop when the cameras are on. (once again, easier said than done) We would also want to keep people away from the place as much as possible to minimize the possibility that the humans could be contributing to the PK. Now, the psychic dude in the video claimed that Dean Radin thinks that the PK is the result of air particles pushing against the objects, and that is, supposedly, why the psychic could not move an object when it was in a vacuum chamber. Well, if we build a big, clear-sided vacuum chamber around the whole building, and then use a big vacuum pump to vacuum out all of the particles, (or as many as possible) then we could see if the movement continued afterwards, or if the movement stops. As I said, it might be difficult to do something like this in real life, but it might be a fun thought experiment, if nothing else.

        1. That’s a brilliant concept, Mark. I’m wondering if we might find an abandoned (but definitely haunted) house with owners who don’t care if the walls are bored through. Or, a popular haunted site that wouldn’t mind the damage, if it meant additional publicity and proof that something paranormal is going on.

          The latter can probably be ruled out in the UK, since so many haunted sites are listed properties… nothing can be done to affect the integrity of the original architecture & detailing. But, I’m not sure about something small like wiring or fiber optics.

          The practicality of a huge vacuum chamber… unlikely, anywhere on Earth. However, since we’re in the realm of “what if…?” – What about Mars or the Moon? Both have legends of being inhabited. Once either are settled, at least with scientists, and if (very big “if”) the site seemed haunted, we might have a built-in opportunity, starting with the relative ease of creating a vacuum, and those sites are likely to have security/observation cameras watching every room, as well.

          (And now I’m wondering if anyone has ever written a novel about something like this… )

          1. I’ll agree that a giant vacuum chamber will be impractical on Earth, for now, but it could always become more practical in the future with technology advancements. I love your idea of doing this out in space and on other space rocks. I hadn’t thought of that idea. I’m gonna see if I can find some books about space hauntings.

            1. Mark, I’ll definitely want to know what you find. I’m reminded of the unearthly laughter that was recorded on one of the Apollo missions… and quickly removed from public access, as I recall. It was one reason one of the astronauts became very interested in paranormal phenomena. (If I weren’t so busy with this website move right now, I’d take the time to look up the details. But, with that info, you should be able to find what I’m recalling. (Err… unless it’s one of those pesky Mandela Effect things. <-- Joke.)

              1. I don’t know if this is the astronaut that you’re talking about, but I do remember that astronaut Edgar Mitchell became interested in a lot of different things having to do with the paranormal because of his time in outer space. If I remember properly, he had something to do with the founding of The Institute Of Noetic Sciences.

                1. Mark, yes, he was one of them, as I recall, but I’m pretty sure I’m thinking of Neil Armstrong.

                  I did some minor research on the topic and found this: I’m not sure if that’s the entrance to this particular rabbit hole.

                  The eerie laughter in space was played on the radio – several stations, and as news – as it happened (I think) but definitely for a day or two afterwards. And then there were some quick “it was all a hoax” excuses, and – equally abruptly – news reports stopped talking about it. Two things stood out at the time: first, the weird/mad laughter – only about 20-30 seconds, if my memories are right – and then how suddenly no one would talk about it.

                  The latter is what really stayed in my memories, because I’d have accepted a reasonable explanation. But the way the reporters stopped talking about it… it was odd. I mean, even silly news was often rehashed on slow news days, and if a vague reference was made to the eerie laughter in space, no one followed-up with more chit-chat about it. Just silence.

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