Switches are Clicky; Here's Why

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  • Published: 12 August 2019
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    Click clack I was taken aback. Wonderin’ ‘bout those switches of light, yeah.
    Let’s find out what the point is of all that clacking, shall we?

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Comments • 3 786

  • Moohead Ummm
    Moohead Ummm  34 minutes back

    I wanna see something about outdoor warning sirens from him.

    • Jacob Garcia
      Jacob Garcia  44 minutes back

      Dude, I wanna hang out with you.

      • ZenX100
        ZenX100  1 hours back

        Nobody:
        YouTube at 3am: WANNA SEE WHY SWITCHES CLICK!!!??

        • TheMiningTeam
          TheMiningTeam  2 hours back

          10:11 How to fix this: Use a transistor to power the load and use the switch to handle the small amount of voltage required to power the gate of the transistor. Granted, I don't think transistors can handle AC voltages, and the gate definitely needs DC, but you could use a Thyristor, and use the switch to control the gate of that. All you need to do is lower the AC voltage to a few volts and BOOM, the switch will, never arc because 3 volts and below is not enough to arc out. This has the added bonus of only requiring a transformer, and the Thyristor be added to the switch along side the needed connections.

          • TheMiningTeam
            TheMiningTeam  2 hours back

            This has the double bonus of easily being turned into a light dimmer.

        • Gokki
          Gokki  3 hours back

          When you say "That's beyond the scope of this video" what you're really saying is "watch a future video about that very specific niche subject on my channel very soon".

          • RoseTech
            RoseTech  3 hours back

            You should extend this to the scene in Jurassic Park when Dr. Sattler has to pump the switch (against an internal spring) in order to then safely throw it into the closed position, which is why there is a very loud clack when she presses "PUSH TO CLOSE". Basically just a huge switch with so much speed required that you need to build it up.

            • 34486
              34486  3 hours back

              I liked putting 15+ amps of random shit on an extension cord and would try to hold the switch to make it spark, same with light switch that is wired to outlets lol. There are switches that are dead silent unless you actually try very hard to have them make sound, and I have tried to make them spark, but nope, never, not once. Never torn one apart and have not looked for them, but idk why they never would spark (or that i could hear). You could also leave them in any position, no it was not an adjustable resistor type of switch too lol.

              • randomstring
                randomstring  4 hours back

                9:40 I used to do that all the time as a kid, because I thought the strobing lights, and more dangerously, the buzzing from the switch were cool. Hehe, good thing nothing bad happened.

                • Timm Bacher
                  Timm Bacher  5 hours back

                  Holy crap, who did that shit job on wiring the cord to that broken AC outlet? Twist the wires Alec. Twist them tight. Tin them with solder if you have to. But don't leave them nasty like these are.

                  • Sal khan
                    Sal khan  7 hours back

                    Thumbs up to whoever like me started flicking their light switches after this video finished ?

                    • eXonly 1090
                      eXonly 1090  11 hours back

                      Is this Vsauce?

                      • MonsterHMK
                        MonsterHMK  12 hours back

                        This reminds me of the time I flipped a light switch, just right, and put it right between on and off

                        • Mitch J
                          Mitch J  12 hours back

                          What is the concept of de-bounce? I've never understood that.

                          • Lut Haqimi
                            Lut Haqimi  12 hours back

                            No, it's because n switch

                            • possessedllama
                              possessedllama  12 hours back

                              Nice Ektachrome t-shirt! :)

                              • Ronin van der Werke
                                Ronin van der Werke  15 hours back

                                Was watching this on a toilet and just as he asked why it was so clicky the automatic light went off and clicked lol

                                • Uhh What?
                                  Uhh What?  17 hours back

                                  You are one of the reasons I love Youtube.

                                  • DARTrider
                                    DARTrider  1 days back

                                    Technology Connections: Talks about clicky light switches
                                    Gaming Keyboards: Am I a joke to you?

                                    • Edward Eddy67716
                                      Edward Eddy67716  1 days back

                                      1:55 And hope the live ones don't TO...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZT!

                                      • jesx
                                        jesx  1 days back

                                        Switches: exist
                                        Humans: balance the switches in the middle so the light starts flickering.
                                        Switches: *bruh*

                                        • Austin Snyder
                                          Austin Snyder  1 days back

                                          Hey. What about dimmer switches?

                                          • Karthik
                                            Karthik  1 days back

                                            Me: I'm an adult who has a real life and important things to do

                                            Also me: watches a 15-minute video on clicky switches

                                            • Julian Lai
                                              Julian Lai  1 days back

                                              I always do that with the switches in my house to prevent from making noise.

                                              • Dhaval Momaya
                                                Dhaval Momaya  1 days back

                                                Why don't US plugs have switches?

                                                • Vinnie Cheng
                                                  Vinnie Cheng  2 days back

                                                  he looks like reggie

                                                  • PARALLAX
                                                    PARALLAX  2 days back

                                                    *The switches in our house don’t click, and they can even be moved to any point along their rotation and left there. What makes it worse is that a lot of them are inconsistently mounted sideways and have no marking on them so that we don’t know which way is on or off.*

                                                    • Coty Riddle
                                                      Coty Riddle  2 days back

                                                      ypu should correct that "120 times a second" In the usa its 60 cycles/Hz a second in Europe it is 50 cycles/Hz a second. Voltage is 115-120 volts in us and 230-240 in the eu....

                                                      • Flipeecup’s Stuff
                                                        Flipeecup’s Stuff  2 days back

                                                        “A switch is where you put one finger in your mouth and the othe- no”

                                                        • Ben Hackett
                                                          Ben Hackett  2 days back

                                                          A switch is a stick your grandma hits you with when you misbehave!

                                                          • Brown Zheng
                                                            Brown Zheng  2 days back

                                                            I lost it at "1500 watts, infact"

                                                            • Sean O'Brien
                                                              Sean O'Brien  2 days back

                                                              You should here the click when every light at the station is turned on or off for a turnout

                                                              • rtyzxc
                                                                rtyzxc  2 days back

                                                                Still, there is a switch inside a relay, so the contacts will eventually wear out. Is there any mechanism to make a switch without any arcing? Also, when I played airsoft, the big problem was wearing out trigger contacts, and the magic solution for that was a mosfet circuit. How do those work?

                                                                • GTA MODS 4 FREE
                                                                  GTA MODS 4 FREE  2 days back

                                                                  me:why youtube is red


                                                                  youtube:yes

                                                                  • sn0w music
                                                                    sn0w music  2 days back

                                                                    2:40 so maybe my outlets aren't broken
                                                                    but my charger for my mac doesn't have an on/off switch, what am i supposed to do?

                                                                    • David Ray
                                                                      David Ray  2 days back

                                                                      New argument: "Why can't you use a light switch like a normal person?!" 😂

                                                                      • Mortus Evil
                                                                        Mortus Evil  3 days back

                                                                        I hate plugs in America. In Australia, our plugs have switches on them. American plugs are just always on.

                                                                        • MelonPlayzYT
                                                                          MelonPlayzYT  12 hours back

                                                                          In the UK we also have switches on our plugs, because we aren't morons

                                                                      • McCaroni Sup
                                                                        McCaroni Sup  3 days back

                                                                        But what do I do about the joycon drift?

                                                                        • Heccing Chloe
                                                                          Heccing Chloe  3 days back

                                                                          my light switch doesn't click.

                                                                          • Ollie Rowan
                                                                            Ollie Rowan  3 days back

                                                                            we have one of the old light switches that you mentioned in our dining room. it only has one light attached to it. I’ve never really liked it that much and now I know why it is so much different than the rest of the light switches in our house

                                                                            • C137
                                                                              C137  3 days back

                                                                              Thank you for spreading information , i discovered your channel from the heater and aircon .

                                                                              • SkyWolfAlpha
                                                                                SkyWolfAlpha  3 days back

                                                                                Ok, so after watching this I had to go around my place clicking all the light switches.
                                                                                They're very disappointing. Not only do they not click (they do indeed thud), but if I do it slow enough, I can hear it arcing.
                                                                                They're old, but also probably cheap and not likely replaced in a least several... decades? They're that super attractive tan-yellow color. On white walls. Somehow they found one that LOOKS as old as the others, but it has 2 USB plugs in it.

                                                                                • Eric Codecire
                                                                                  Eric Codecire  3 days back

                                                                                  I had a lamp for a while that, if you got the switch in the perfect place between on and off, it would shine very dimly. It always felt like it was bad for it, but I could never come up with a good reason why, so I kept doing it for fun.

                                                                                  • George Lukas Silva Gomes

                                                                                    switch is a small device that transfers data packets between multiple network devices such as computers, routers, servers or other switches. ooor that thing in bdsm

                                                                                    • Brendan Siemers
                                                                                      Brendan Siemers  3 days back

                                                                                      no mention of mercury switches smh

                                                                                      • Steve Johnson
                                                                                        Steve Johnson  1 days back

                                                                                        They are becoming less-common, but yes, mecury-wetted relays and switches can be made to work silently.

                                                                                    • ooglek
                                                                                      ooglek  3 days back

                                                                                      I purchased an Intertek YLPT-94 power strip at Home Depot in late March 2019. The switch on the power strip made a nice click when turning from off to on. But when turning from on to off, a small amount of pressure would separate the contacts, just like the "bad" switch in the video. I could see the arcing through the red clear switch material with barely any pressure!


                                                                                      I'm shocked (bad pun) that companies can sell switches that are unsafe and a potential fire hazard, in the US or anywhere. This is the last time I'm going to cheap out on electrical devices of any sort. This one is going in the trash.


                                                                                      Why are uncertified electronics legal to sell? Low standards are likely causing humans harm or death.

                                                                                      • The Purple Ender Eye
                                                                                        The Purple Ender Eye  3 days back

                                                                                        1:55 made me jump

                                                                                        • Marco g
                                                                                          Marco g  3 days back

                                                                                          Simple sound design

                                                                                          • Robert Craighead
                                                                                            Robert Craighead  3 days back

                                                                                            I like the quite switches.