Switches are Clicky; Here's Why

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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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Anadia Shark
Anadia Shark Hour ago
I hate how many British people tell me off for clicking the switched and been told by some i should use 2 fingers, one on each side to close it slowly.
im1who84u 5 hours ago
I remember back in the sixties there was a type of wall switch that was called a "mercury switch" and it worked completely silent. It had a small glass bulb in it kinda shaped like a tic tac. On one side were the wires that needed to be connected to turn the light on. On the other end, was nothing. Also in the bulb was a blob of free floating mercury. The tic tac was able to be rocked or slanted so that the mercury would either be connecting the wires or on the other end not connecting the wires. I wonder if that system arced. I don't even see those sorts of wall switches for sale anymore. There's probably a good reason for that. Here's a photo of one I found on Google. www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1242&bih=568&ei=NaVcXaSaBuLn_QahhKi4Cg&q=mercury+wall+light+switch&oq=mercury+wall+light+switch&gs_l=img.3...2641.13172..13977...2.0..0.92.2075.28......0....1..gws-wiz-img.......0j0i5i30j0i8i30j0i24.7pickB9HXsM&ved=0ahUKEwjkiPa-7pLkAhXic98KHSECCqcQ4dUDCAU&uact=5#imgrc=jt7abAmEXuUC0M:
Nathan Shriver
Nathan Shriver 4 hours ago
Those were usually used as tilt switches.
Luke Henry
Luke Henry 5 hours ago
Joseph Weimer
Joseph Weimer 6 hours ago
No one: Absolutely NO one: Like REALLY, no one: This guy: Why are switches clicky? Here's why.
A Doggie Boi
A Doggie Boi 2 hours ago
Joseph Weimer lol
AnDreIceCold 8 hours ago
Question: Isnt vacuum perfect insulation?
sparkb 9 hours ago
Nice wiring on that outlet
Noah Sprinkle
Noah Sprinkle 10 hours ago
Every time one of your videos pops up in my feed it's something I never knew I needed to know but it's always enjoyable. You do good work, man.
Teresa Ellis
Teresa Ellis 11 hours ago
I never knew light switches could be an interesting topic to talk about. Cool. :) And my son now knows why he managed to fry a hair dryer switch, and I know how the hair dryer broke. :P
MalcolmCooks 12 hours ago
thanks for acknowledging the superior safety of british plugs
Michael William Dale Francis
Michael William Dale Francis 13 hours ago
“(Switches click) because you’ve been lied to” Had to contort your narrative pretty heavily to justify that click-bait, didn’t you? The video was great, otherwise.
A B 15 hours ago
Andrei Maria
Andrei Maria 15 hours ago
4:13 "Everything conducts electricity when you try hard enough"
Ramon Palacio
Ramon Palacio 16 hours ago
Why are American (and English I think) switches so different from the European ones? That's a question I always ask myself whenever I watch an American program...
hafy day
hafy day 16 hours ago
*Specimen* and *sparks*
Bradley Whais
Bradley Whais 17 hours ago
A perfect vacuum is a perfect insulator.
DragonWolf5589 17 hours ago
I like how you says "very a a fe" and show a UK plug.. One thing I find interesting is USA is 110volts UK is 230-250volts lol and heaters here use 3000 Watts not 1500.. There's been few tins I switch something off at the wall and the socket sparks as I forgot to turn it off on the actual device. So even a switch has big sparks as when you plugged out the heater.. Except when you pull a plug you pull away.. When the switch sparks your hand is a till on the switch and BAM you get shocked
MC_Matze 18 hours ago
why did it have to be fortnite on the switch? why
Michael Moorhouse
Michael Moorhouse 19 hours ago
Some of the first light switches used Mercury and wires dangling in them as the contact 'switch', circa 1880. As Swan (UK) and Edison (USA) had invented the light bulb but no switches - how to control them? When Lord Armstrong wired his house called Cragside, in Northumbria, UK* he used Hydro Electric power (DC) as the source but had to invent a light switch. His solution was to convert some vases (yes: think flowers + water) to contain mercury and have a wire that made contact into a pool of Mercury to complete the circuit. * Cragside is well, well worth a visit if you visiting the North of the UK: it is an amazing Hi-Tech Mansion by Victorian standards with all sorts of innovations such as central heating *_Wow_*, hydraulic lifts, fire alarms, electric lights etc. - Armstrong was the Elon Musk of his day being a Lawyer initially but then specialising in Hydraulics (most famous achievement: London Bridge opening mechanism, see various TV programs). Sadly the vases and light-switch-setup are not on display even as a recreation/replica; they seem lost to history. Source: www.buildingconservation.com/articles/cragside/cragside.htm and personal description of the curator in the Lounge (?) Drawing (?) Room when we got talking. Disclosure: no affiliation to Cragside or its owners The Nation Trust; a paid full price when I visited earlier this summer.
The Restoration of Dr Who
The Restoration of Dr Who 21 hour ago
are you running out of ideas?
Norman K
Norman K 21 hour ago
Step 1. Go to Google Step 2. Search this keyword: 123moviesdaily Step 3. Enjoy! Switches are Clicky; Here's Why Because there's nothing out there. It's stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I've never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. I hid in bars, because I didn't want to hide in factories. That's all. Sorry for all the millions, but I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have. Let's drink more wine!
ObsoletePowerCorrupts 21 hour ago
6:15 You're welcome. 12:15 Moves subject to "Relays".
Kyosukedono 22 hours ago
Next week's video: water is wet, here's why! Week after: cows go moo, here's why! After that: butts go poo, here's why! And after: I can't get a normal job and have to whore myself to people on youtube and adhere to their backwards standards for half a penny, here's why! Finally: adblock makes my stomach rumble, here's why!
Ryn’s Room!
Ryn’s Room! 23 hours ago
Now I feel bad for balancing the light switches between on and off as a kid
P37R1X 23 hours ago
Your effort trying to be ElectroBoom! almost worked!
Guillaume Globensky
Guillaume Globensky Day ago
I used to press switches and jam them halfway with my hand to kind of dim the lights as a kid. I know now it was really dangerous haha
Nons ツ
Nons ツ Day ago
Kids with cherry blue keyboard switches *allow me to introduce myself*
Antonio Salvatore
Antonio Salvatore 33 minutes ago
You rang? *clicky Clacks furiously*
Rob Hoard
Rob Hoard Day ago
The speed of the dis connect is very important.
Rob Hoard
Rob Hoard Day ago
The speed of the dis connect is very important.
Rob Hoard
Rob Hoard Day ago
A switch is under greater load dis connecting a load.
TheDodgyLodger Day ago
I had a light switch go out this weekend and now I know exactly why. This explains everything as it was about to go out and now doesn't make an audible click at all and doesn't function.
dugroz Day ago
When I was a kid there was a light switch in a storage room in our church - the switch was so "clicky" (and internally must have prevented arcing) that you could toggle it and step away for 1-2 seconds before the light would switch off. Fun was had.
Marc Abbaticchio
Marc Abbaticchio Day ago
Would you consider doing a video about CB radios and how they work?
Vince Black
Vince Black Day ago
Well put together video
Paul Philpott
Paul Philpott Day ago
Superb! Hysterical meets educational. Such a seemingly simple subject totally revealed in a fantastic way.
CrusherOfSkull Day ago
hobbified Day ago
1. Because there's a spring in there to provide a positive force keeping the switch in either the "on" or "off" position and not in between where it's liable to arc. 2. Because it makes people happy.
100 subs with no vid
100 subs with no vid Day ago
*a 15 min video about the sound of a switch*
Disturbed Pyro
Disturbed Pyro Day ago
A Switch is a flexible wooden stick your mom would........ummmmmm NO!
Libor Dostál
Libor Dostál Day ago
What is a switch? What came after just killed me. :D :D :D
A Doggie Boi
A Doggie Boi 2 hours ago
Libor Dostál yeah it’s the best part of the video
Andre Tellez
Andre Tellez Day ago
Why is there such a big difference in heat between the flow of electricity through the wiring and the flow through air?
WeslomPo Day ago
So akward that you have wrong installed wall mount electric plugs (upside-down).
Michael Smith
Michael Smith Day ago
The American power outlets make me feel uncomfortable.
snickelman Day ago
Wow, the American education system sure is one of the worst in the western world.
TheNewGreenIsBlue Day ago
OCD Alert @11:45 Those screws are not aligned.
Emoticons Day ago
Great to know that our switches in Switzerland are perfect then. It's impossible to cause arcs with those, though they are also totally over engineered.
morefloordoor Day ago
I was hoping you would get electrocuted
Luke Briggs
Luke Briggs Day ago
Always found it interesting how different American switches are to Australian ones
Robert Woolley
Robert Woolley Day ago
Why don't US sockets have switches?
letsPlay1196 Day ago
what if i can just take the switch from my wall and use it in my hand to turn the lights on and off, yes that'S a thing
Pokemon Chris
Pokemon Chris Day ago
I think the one thing we in the UK can be proud of most above all other countries is our plugs.
Daniel Findley
Daniel Findley Day ago
I was going to subscribe after watching this video, but then I discovered I already was 😆
jaye1967 2 days ago
My guess is the fact that the desired effect from most light stitches is to turn the light on or off as quickly as possible helps with them last a very long time with little chance of failure. I have some LED lights that have a short period of time before they completely turn off. A fraction of a second but I still noticed, and after the switch had been flipped.
Lady D
Lady D 2 days ago
My light switches are more like buttons (they're still quite clicky tho) that light up when the lights they control are off...how do they work? I assume similarly but still wanna know specifics =)
usbcd360 2 days ago
In the past, the really clicky ones were intended for non-bedroom spaces, due to their sound. For bedrooms, there were switches with mercury capsules instead, since the mercury would evaporate and recondense, reforming your switch contacts when they got blown away. The new ones are a compromise, since you can't just throw mercury at every switching problem now.
fakshen1973 2 days ago
I subscribed just now. Someone took the time to break down some of the simplest engineering in our everyday lives and its importance. Trivial in one regard. But I'll never look at a light switch the same again.
Joshua 2 days ago
It will take you 15 minutes to explain this????
Mochrie99 2 days ago
Ooh! Let's do that again!
MrOldPal ]
MrOldPal ] 2 days ago
Shat about the switch intro why does it click
Jace Zorn
Jace Zorn 2 days ago
Meanwhile when the balast started going out in the florescent lights at my house I would purposefully induce the spark to increase voltage temporarily to make the balast start to function proper
Gandalf1783 2 days ago
Hey where do you got that relais from? I was searching for one of these for months 😩
Victor Liu
Victor Liu 2 days ago
Finally I know that I’m not the only person to know about SF6...
KolonaRulez 2 days ago
I propose a switch clicking asmr video for your second channel!
airslashe 2 days ago
That what I’m doing in my life Learning why switches make noise
backmasking klocucha12
backmasking klocucha12 2 days ago
I remember a few years ago when I unplugged a turned on TV from an outlet. There was a bright flash and a loud bang from the socket, and then the power went out. I still can't figure out what was it.
Rev. William Willenbrock
Rev. William Willenbrock 2 days ago
I just love these videos...
Mario 2 days ago
I like it how you use IMPACT as the main font for the in-video writings
Maverick Hargrave
Maverick Hargrave 2 days ago
This kind of information is what schools should teach us. We deal with lamps and switches all the time and don't even know how they work.
AlphaOmega 2 days ago
Very comprehensive 👌🏼
The Gay Frog Society
The Gay Frog Society 2 days ago
yet the people who made the neo-geo mini said,,,, "clicky thumbsticks is hard to make"
psychomaniac189 2 days ago
do you have nothing better to do ?
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