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 • 3 683

  • Ryn’s Room!
    Ryn’s Room!  25 minutes back

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

    • P37R1X
      P37R1X  1 hours back

      Your effort trying to be ElectroBoom! almost worked!

      • Guillaume Globensky
        Guillaume Globensky  4 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  4 hours back

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

          • Rob Hoard
            Rob Hoard  4 hours back

            The speed of the dis connect is very important.

            • Rob Hoard
              Rob Hoard  4 hours back

              The speed of the dis connect is very important.

              • Rob Hoard
                Rob Hoard  4 hours back

                A switch is under greater load dis connecting a load.

                • TheDodgyLodger
                  TheDodgyLodger  5 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  6 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  7 hours back

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

                      • Vince Black
                        Vince Black  8 hours back

                        Well put together video

                        • Paul Philpott
                          Paul Philpott  9 hours back

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

                          • CrusherOfSkull
                            CrusherOfSkull  11 hours back


                            • hobbified
                              hobbified  11 hours 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  12 hours back

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

                                • Disturbed Pyro
                                  Disturbed Pyro  13 hours back

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

                                  • Libor Dostál
                                    Libor Dostál  14 hours back

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

                                    • Andre Tellez
                                      Andre Tellez  14 hours 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  15 hours back

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

                                        • Michael Smith
                                          Michael Smith  16 hours back

                                          The American power outlets make me feel uncomfortable.

                                          • snickelman
                                            snickelman  16 hours back

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

                                            • TheNewGreenIsBlue
                                              TheNewGreenIsBlue  17 hours back

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

                                              • Emoticons
                                                Emoticons  17 hours 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  18 hours back

                                                  I was hoping you would get electrocuted

                                                  • Luke Briggs
                                                    Luke Briggs  19 hours back

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

                                                    • Robert Woolley
                                                      Robert Woolley  20 hours back

                                                      Why don't US sockets have switches?

                                                      • letsPlay1196
                                                        letsPlay1196  22 hours 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  24 hours 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  1 days back

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

                                                            • jaye1967
                                                              jaye1967  1 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.

                                                              • Lady D
                                                                Lady D  1 days back

                                                                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
                                                                  usbcd360  1 days back

                                                                  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
                                                                    fakshen1973  1 days back

                                                                    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
                                                                      Joshua  1 days back

                                                                      It will take you 15 minutes to explain this????

                                                                      • Mochrie99
                                                                        Mochrie99  1 days back

                                                                        Ooh! Let's do that again!

                                                                        • MrOldPal ]
                                                                          MrOldPal ]  1 days back

                                                                          Shat about the switch intro why does it click

                                                                          • Jace Zorn
                                                                            Jace Zorn  1 days back

                                                                            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
                                                                              Gandalf1783  1 days back

                                                                              Hey where do you got that relais from? I was searching for one of these for months 😩

                                                                              • Victor Liu
                                                                                Victor Liu  1 days back

                                                                                Finally I know that I’m not the only person to know about SF6...

                                                                                • KolonaRulez
                                                                                  KolonaRulez  1 days back

                                                                                  I propose a switch clicking asmr video for your second channel!

                                                                                  • airslashe
                                                                                    airslashe  1 days back

                                                                                    That what I’m doing in my life
                                                                                    Learning why switches make noise

                                                                                    • backmasking klocucha12

                                                                                      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

                                                                                        I just love these videos...

                                                                                        • Mario
                                                                                          Mario  2 days back

                                                                                          I like it how you use IMPACT as the main font for the in-video writings

                                                                                          • Maverick Hargrave
                                                                                            Maverick Hargrave  2 days back

                                                                                            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
                                                                                              AlphaOmega  2 days back

                                                                                              Very comprehensive 👌🏼

                                                                                              • The Gay Frog Society
                                                                                                The Gay Frog Society  2 days back

                                                                                                yet the people who made the neo-geo mini said,,,,

                                                                                                "clicky thumbsticks is hard to make"

                                                                                                • psychomaniac189
                                                                                                  psychomaniac189  2 days back

                                                                                                  do you have nothing better to do ?