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  1. DD

    DD Guest

    We have two touch-lights on our bedside cabinets. Last night they both
    turned on at the same time without any contact. Could anyone explain how
    this could happen? At the same time, a Panasonic cordless phone, which
    is connected to the same GPO, gave out a single beep, the same sound it
    makes when you put it down on the cradle. This has my wife spooked and I
    really would like a logical explanation that would satisfy her (and Me?).

    Thanks to those brave enough to hazard an explanation ...

  2. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Obviously poltergeists. I can't think of any explanation.
    Seriously, though, I'd say it was probably just a spike on the mains supply,
    possibly from lightning or another external cause. Otherwise, a fridge or
    similar appliance switching can cause this, during switch-on or switch-off.
    You can be pretty sure that it has an electrical cause, not
    .... Steve
  3. Do a test for me.

    Unplug the lights, wait a minute, then plug them back in. Do they turn on?

    If not, unplug them again, and wait a shorter period, say 1 or 2 seconds. Do
    they turn on?

    If so, you just had a short power outage. Many cordless phones beep when the
    mains power returns from a blackout.
  4. Bobby

    Bobby Guest

    I tend to dissagree with the postings so far.
    This is definately supernataral stuff going on here, no question.
    Just think how touch-lights work?! A spike or outage or even a dip cannot
    cause this phenomenon.

    I think you should hang pouches of garlic around the offending equipment -
    indeed add a sprig of rosemary & thyme if need be.

    Did you hear a 'BOO' at anytime immediately before or after ther incident?
  5. Russ

    Russ Guest

    Maybe Bob needs to invent something that'll measure ghost capacitance.
  6. Elmo

    Elmo Guest

    You're implying that ghosts have an electrical charge. If so, what sort
    of voltage are they, and how many amps can they deliver. Could a haunted
    house produce enough electricty to power all of your household
    appliances? I imagine they would be DC so an inverter would be required
    to power most appliances. Can you connect ghosts in series to increase
    the voltage? Do they need recharging? Could a cemetery contain enough
    ghosts to power a small town?

  7. Bob Parker

    Bob Parker Guest

    I tried to power a strobe tube from a ghost once. Didn't work very well.

    The spirit was willing but the flash was weak.
  8. Pete

    Pete Guest

    The spirit was willing but the flash was weak.

    Just how long have you been waiting for a chance to do that line, Bob? :)

  9. Bob Parker

    Bob Parker Guest

    I just suddenly thought of it. Atrocious, isn't it? :)

  10. DD

    DD Guest

    Thanks for all the interest, I can't find anything supernatural and I
    have been unable to reproduce the effect. I tried switching on and of
    as suggested but nothing happened , the lights just stayed off! I had a
    look in a spare bedroom where we also have two touch lights and they
    were on too! Must be electrical but I would love to know how it can happen.

  11. Andy

    Andy Guest

    Saw this problem over 10 years ago with touch lamps and telephones
    being interfered with by the
    RF radiated from a HF (Ham) radio being operated on 80 metres
    (3.5MHz). The touch lamps would
    go crazy and the telephones were unusable while the HF rig was keyed

    Any new antennas in your proximity? Or maybe an existing ham may have
    got himself a new amplifier....

  12. Bobby

    Bobby Guest

    Yes indeed. For Ghosts the square of the mean ripple current is equal to
    twice the velocity of EMF divided by four times the current delivered into
    one goul of energy.
    So therefore it would take six Ghosts connected in series three days and two
    nights to generate enough power to provide energy to the average household.
    However one must bear in mind the losses encounted due to the necessary use
    of an inverter as practically all modern day Ghosts are DC.
    Getting back to the original post - I suspect the single BEEP was caused by
    a Ghost farting.
  13. DD

    DD Guest

    Thanks, I have had a good look around but have not noticed any Ham
    antennas but will keep looking. The nearest antennae array that I know
    of is about a mile away but that has been there for yonks.

  14. Suzy

    Suzy Guest

    Also have experienced this problem when a complaint was made about
    irregularities in the mains supply causing a garage door to keep opening
    plus other odd effects. Turned out to be a small boat radar (the home was on
    a waterfront).
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