I know there is some controversy over whether the light is from cars, some natural cause, or if there is a supernatural explanation.
I'm inclined to believe that it is car headlights from the highway. However, to confirm any theory, has anyone tried to triangulate the position of the light? Simply get a compass bearing from the main observation point, and then find any other point where you can see the light and get a compass bearing. Measure the distance between the two known points, and solve the triangle formed by the compass readings and you have the position of the Paulding Light.
Secondly, has anyone ever taken a helicopter to go look for it? Fly about 200 feet up, over the treetops and parallel to the power lines until you get the origin of the light.
My story at the Paulding Light went like this:
I was up at a friends cabin in Eagle River for the weekend, four of us total. He goes to Michigan Tech and a couple of his buddies at college showed him the Paulding pheonomen during the winter. Since it was only a half hour drive, we went out there after a full day of jet and water skiing. Got there at around 8:00, right around dusk. The four of us walked down the trail along the powerlines, past the creek, until the fork in the trail. By the time we got back to the main observation area, it was getting dark and we first saw the light. Watched it change colors and move around for a while, and then decided to check it out from the highway side.
We drove down the highway until the stop lights and then started driving back along the trail. We saw a lightpost along the line of sight that we would have been looking down, and the light was flickering a bit, and changed color from white to red, and would go out every few minutes. This seemed way too much of a coincidence for us, so we had a couple people at the lightpost time when it changed color and a couple people watch from the original observation post, but there didn't seem to be any relationship between the Paulding light and the lightpost we saw (it would probably wouldn't have been bright enough to be seen from that distance anyway, it was just too big of a coincidence for us not to look into).
we also just went and saw the paulding light a few weeks ago. It is strange to see and we want to go back and walk down during the daylight hours to see just what is out there. We will be going there again next week.
The strange thing about the light is that it doesn't appear when there are a ton of people making a huge commotion. (at least not from my experiance) Many people actually do mistake the light for headlights. If you actually see the light you will know it's not headlights. Even if a car is on top of you the light is much much bigger than any set of headlights. Although a helicoptor would be a great idea I don't know if the light would actually appear with a helicoptor hovering overhead.
This is just one of those things that will probably never be explained.