Floating Particles that are visible in the air question

  1. I wasn't quite sure where to ask this. If you've looked closely at the wall, you'll have noticed particles in the air that kinda swirl like static. So usually, it's pretty uniform, but I got a fluorescent bulbs today, and the air particles that usually just scramble about, look like they are flowing down off the lamp shade like a waterfall. Anyone know if this is normal?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Your changing to a different type of light bulb (heat source) has probably changed the air circulation patterns around your lamp. With this change, comes a change in the flow patterns of dust particles in the air (you cannot see air "particles"). I doubt that there is anything "abnormal" about it.
     
  4. Just so you know, I don't mean the tingle molts floating on the air that are reflective in the sunlight or any light really. I mean the tiny things that you see if you just look. They are visible if you take the time to notice them, but hardly what I'd call important. It's the swirling stuff that you see between between you and a surface, and it's obscured if you look at a TV or a monitor screen. I just used particles because I don't really know what to call them.
     
  5. Drakkith

    Staff: Mentor

    Are you referring to the floaters in your eye? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floater
    Otherwise I don't know what you mean by this.

    By the way, I am amazed that Floater is the actual name and address of the article, not something like Floater(eye) or whatnot...
     
  6. little scrambling things color red, yellow, blue that appear in the air. Not the thing stuck to your eye. It's like television static, but colored and visible in the air. How to say... you look at a solid stationary object... You don't really need to adjust your vision, but you should see collection of red, yellow, blue particles too small to be dust molts, non-reflective in the light. I'm gonna try some stuff.
     
  7. In the dark, they are visible. Even in complete darkness, including full adaptation to the dark. Little red, yellow, blue pigments are visible in the air.
     
  8. Drakkith

    Staff: Mentor

    I think you should go see an optometrist. I don't think I've ever had those.
     
  9. russ_watters

    Staff: Mentor

    Nor have I.
     
  10. Wow you just answered a serious question I have been asking LOL
     
  11. Wow! That certainly beats counting sheep. Readers, have any of you experienced this phenomena?
     
  12. Maybe the smart guys are too smart to understand. This is something that has been with me my entire life, so I never questioned it. Maybe I'm seeing the air, something which is essentially impossible without a powerful telescope. Or not... Visibility wise, maybe I should ask Opt. It sounds cheap, but since I have to pick up some groceries, I'll make check out a few places.
     
  13. Perhaps it is the heat of the bulb creating the convection.
     
  14. Ryan_m_b

    Staff: Mentor

    Are you referring to closed-eye hallucinations (that can also happen in the dark)?
    I'm not sure your tone is appropriate here.
     
  15. That's the problem with text. I say something, and depending on your mood, you can take as a joke or as an insult. It isn't meant as an insult. I actually have great respect or I wouldn't ask or come back. I don't blame you doubting me tho.

    It isn't any different light or dark. The difference is that the static is in front of the darkness instead of the object I'm looking at. But finding out that others don't see something that I see kinda makes me want to know what exactly I'm seeing, and why I'm seeing it. I have to work tomorrow, but the day after, I'll check some places.
     
  16. Drakkith

    Staff: Mentor

    Yep. Always make it plainly obvious what you mean or people will take it to mean 100 different things.
     
  17. Ryan_m_b

    Staff: Mentor

    I see, I agree with Drakkith that this is why it is important to be crystal clear because without body language, tone of voice etc it's very hard to tell. Remember as well that this is an international forum and for some people they may be reading not in their native language.
    Sounds like CEH to me, one of the common images looks a little like this
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    Though you should still get it checked out if you're worried.
     
  18. Greg Bernhardt

    Staff: Admin

    I have this. If I really pay attention to my vision there is a slight static or noise. In the dark it is much more noticeable.
     
  19. Ryan_m_b

    Staff: Mentor

    Everyone has this to some extent but its interesting that few people ever remark on it! If you stare at something like a blank wall for a while you will notice it clearly. Though of course it bothers some more than others.
     
  20. Hahaha this is pretty funny. I noticed this a while back and it has always bothered me not knowing why I was seeing some little stuff while looking up in the air.

    Now the funny part is, it never bothered my enough to actually look up if I was the only one seeing those little things. So yesterday I was looking up at the sky again and thought maybe I should check into it...and voila...here it is!

    Thanks for creating this thread! :)
     
  21. Drakkith

    Staff: Mentor

    Yeah, I for one have never noticed that effect. :biggrin:
     
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