Switches are Clicky; Here's Why

  • 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 • 3 701

  • AnDreIceCold
    AnDreIceCold  48 minutes back

    Question: Isnt vacuum perfect insulation?

    • sparkb
      sparkb  2 hours back

      Nice wiring on that outlet

      • Noah Sprinkle
        Noah Sprinkle  3 hours back

        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  4 hours back

          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
            MalcolmCooks  5 hours back

            thanks for acknowledging the superior safety of british plugs

            • Michael William Dale Francis

              “(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
                A B  7 hours back


                • Andrei Maria
                  Andrei Maria  8 hours back

                  4:13 "Everything conducts electricity when you try hard enough"

                  • Ramon Palacio
                    Ramon Palacio  9 hours back

                    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  9 hours back

                      *Specimen* and *sparks*

                      • Bradley Whais
                        Bradley Whais  10 hours back

                        A perfect vacuum is a perfect insulator.

                        • DragonWolf5589
                          DragonWolf5589  10 hours back

                          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
                            MC_Matze  10 hours back

                            why did it have to be fortnite on the switch? why

                            • Michael Moorhouse
                              Michael Moorhouse  12 hours back

                              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: https://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

                                are you running out of ideas?

                                • Norman K
                                  Norman K  14 hours back

                                  Step 1. Go to Google
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                                  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
                                    ObsoletePowerCorrupts  14 hours back

                                    You're welcome.
                                    12:15 Moves subject to "Relays".

                                    • Kyosukedono
                                      Kyosukedono  14 hours back

                                      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!  16 hours back

                                        Now I feel bad for balancing the light switches between on and off as a kid

                                        • P37R1X
                                          P37R1X  16 hours back

                                          Your effort trying to be ElectroBoom! almost worked!

                                          • Guillaume Globensky
                                            Guillaume Globensky  19 hours back

                                            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  19 hours back

                                              Kids with cherry blue keyboard switches
                                              *allow me to introduce myself*

                                              • Rob Hoard
                                                Rob Hoard  19 hours back

                                                The speed of the dis connect is very important.

                                                • Rob Hoard
                                                  Rob Hoard  19 hours back

                                                  The speed of the dis connect is very important.

                                                  • Rob Hoard
                                                    Rob Hoard  19 hours back

                                                    A switch is under greater load dis connecting a load.

                                                    • TheDodgyLodger
                                                      TheDodgyLodger  21 hours back

                                                      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
                                                        dugroz  21 hours back

                                                        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  22 hours back

                                                          Would you consider doing a video about CB radios and how they work?

                                                          • Vince Black
                                                            Vince Black  23 hours back

                                                            Well put together video

                                                            • Paul Philpott
                                                              Paul Philpott  24 hours back

                                                              Superb! Hysterical meets educational. Such a seemingly simple subject totally revealed in a fantastic way.

                                                              • CrusherOfSkull
                                                                CrusherOfSkull  1 days back


                                                                • hobbified
                                                                  hobbified  1 days back

                                                                  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  1 days back

                                                                    *a 15 min video about the sound of a switch*

                                                                    • Disturbed Pyro
                                                                      Disturbed Pyro  1 days back

                                                                      A Switch is a flexible wooden stick your mom would........ummmmmm NO!

                                                                      • Libor Dostál
                                                                        Libor Dostál  1 days back

                                                                        What is a switch? What came after just killed me. :D :D :D

                                                                        • Andre Tellez
                                                                          Andre Tellez  1 days back

                                                                          Why is there such a big difference in heat between the flow of electricity through the wiring and the flow through air?

                                                                          • WeslomPo
                                                                            WeslomPo  1 days back

                                                                            So akward that you have wrong installed wall mount electric plugs (upside-down).

                                                                            • Michael Smith
                                                                              Michael Smith  1 days back

                                                                              The American power outlets make me feel uncomfortable.

                                                                              • snickelman
                                                                                snickelman  1 days back

                                                                                Wow, the American education system sure is one of the worst in the western world.

                                                                                • TheNewGreenIsBlue
                                                                                  TheNewGreenIsBlue  1 days back

                                                                                  OCD Alert @11:45 Those screws are not aligned.

                                                                                  • Emoticons
                                                                                    Emoticons  1 days back

                                                                                    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
                                                                                      morefloordoor  1 days back

                                                                                      I was hoping you would get electrocuted

                                                                                      • Luke Briggs
                                                                                        Luke Briggs  1 days back

                                                                                        Always found it interesting how different American switches are to Australian ones

                                                                                        • Robert Woolley
                                                                                          Robert Woolley  1 days back

                                                                                          Why don't US sockets have switches?

                                                                                          • letsPlay1196
                                                                                            letsPlay1196  2 days back

                                                                                            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  2 days back

                                                                                              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  2 days back

                                                                                                I was going to subscribe after watching this video, but then I discovered I already was 😆

                                                                                                • jaye1967
                                                                                                  jaye1967  2 days back

                                                                                                  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.