Switches are Clicky; Here's Why

  • Published: 11 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 • 4 699

  • BoyBalastog
    BoyBalastog  3 hours back

    Why? Because clicky switches are simply superior. I have a keyboard full of em. That said, it's true that in keyboard switches specifically, the switches don't click because of the electrical contacts being made to move fast, but rather because of an added tactile element of some sort that the switch could function with or without.

    • N The One
      N The One  5 hours back

      What is debouncing?

      • *_Give me all the ham_*

        hmm i checked the switches in my room and they dont click.

        • Fred Phlogiston
          Fred Phlogiston  12 hours back

          Screw ASMR. This is the real thing!

          • guen why
            guen why  14 hours back

            A 1500 watt space heater you say? XD

            • LongshotRecordsTV
              LongshotRecordsTV  14 hours back

              It's like a Sid the Science Kid question! LOL

              • Heights
                Heights  15 hours back

                I dont like when I hear the name Edison in a positive way. He was a scammer and probably stole this patent as well.

                • RAD
                  RAD  15 hours back

                  Cause things make sound.


                  • Joey Mormann
                    Joey Mormann  20 hours back

                    Vaporizes. It it melted it would weld or drip. Arcs are so hot they just turn metal to plasma.

                    • Arceus 101
                      Arceus 101  23 hours back

                      Australian sockets have switches to turn them on and off to make it safer

                      • Peter Voss
                        Peter Voss  1 days back

                        ...and I've located a few "silent" mice, as the "tactile click" audibly drives me nuts. :)

                        • Peter Voss
                          Peter Voss  1 days back

                          Came across a few GE household mercury switches at a thrift store around 2017 to replace the elder "clickers". From full click to NO sound at all. Mercury must've been a test market from the late 70s?? Smooth and quiet.

                          • Stu Boyd
                            Stu Boyd  1 days back

                            The audible click of a light switch helps blind people know the lights are on. :)

                            • Mark McIntyre
                              Mark McIntyre  1 days back

                              Well done, informative information.

                              • Raya Koth
                                Raya Koth  2 days back

                                I also learned why my father didn't want me to play with the lights xD

                                • Raya Koth
                                  Raya Koth  2 days back

                                  Alec "Let's do that again" Watson.

                                  • londontrada
                                    londontrada  2 days back

                                    Been an electrical maintenance engineer for nearly 20 years but always lean stuff from these videos.

                                    • tiov3001
                                      tiov3001  2 days back

                                      please leave all electrocutions to ElectroBoom, he has the eyebrows for it.

                                      • Mylo Fryett
                                        Mylo Fryett  2 days back

                                        I blew a plug through getting a Samsung plug and plugging it in a Xbox controller

                                        • Christian Gingras
                                          Christian Gingras  2 days back

                                          Engineers that want to do the right thing sometime get a surprise.
                                          For example, to turn ON and OFF a brush motor, it appear like a good idea to minimize the arcing on the brush by smoothly increasing the current.
                                          It turns out that brush motor, either DC with permanent magnet or AC with electromagnet, will last much longer when the current appear abruptly.
                                          The mechanical shock and arcing help keep those brushes ready to make better contact.

                                          • arthur webb
                                            arthur webb  2 days back

                                            So what’s up with all these videos being proceeded by Michael Doomberg political ads?

                                            • Haxorouse
                                              Haxorouse  3 days back

                                              My house has 1 of those loud clacky switches but it dosent run a single light... it runs all the outlets in our living room, we run several kilowatts through it on a regular basis and it's always fine, it too has probably been in use since the 50s

                                              • Richardatf
                                                Richardatf  3 days back

                                                I thing YOU"RE kindof a clicky switch

                                                • Cutequeen
                                                  Cutequeen  3 days back

                                                  I have safe plug sockets! 😄😄

                                                  • Rogue Aura Studios
                                                    Rogue Aura Studios  3 days back

                                                    Air is pretty good.

                                                    • Abigail Wallace
                                                      Abigail Wallace  3 days back

                                                      “But why so clicky clacky”

                                                      • William mcdonald
                                                        William mcdonald  3 days back

                                                        Anyone remember the rumour it costs more every time you flick the switch.. Like it's better to keep it obit longer rather than hitting it off the back on soon after..

                                                        • lrmclinn
                                                          lrmclinn  4 days back

                                                          ......7 minutes of bullshit to learn that the clicking sound a switch makes is from the speed of the connectors i feel cheated

                                                          • Ianthe337
                                                            Ianthe337  4 days back

                                                            Fun fact I learned recently: The Nintendo Switch's joycons click because a prototype that used magnets made a nice clicky sound that they wanted to keep. :D

                                                            • No
                                                              No  4 days back

                                                              Look at Mr. Fancypants over here with his snap on faceplates while I'm stuck with screw on faceplates

                                                              • TheAzynder
                                                                TheAzynder  5 days back

                                                                Honestly microwave switches today are affordable, reliable and quite frankly sci-fi cool(which is kinda like normal cool but for a limited group of people).
                                                                Why are we still flicking mechanical switches like assholes?

                                                                • dawidwsmole
                                                                  dawidwsmole  5 days back

                                                                  Why am I not a normal person and move the switch really slowly so it doesn't make the noise? Why?

                                                                  • dawidwsmole
                                                                    dawidwsmole  5 days back

                                                                    A swich is a gay person that... No...

                                                                    • sau ruslan
                                                                      sau ruslan  5 days back

                                                                      thank you you learn me something new today :D

                                                                      • Apple Pine
                                                                        Apple Pine  6 days back

                                                                        12:27 you should go to a dermatologyst

                                                                        • lirio sogno
                                                                          lirio sogno  6 days back

                                                                          German ones aren't clicky

                                                                          • Stephen Fasciani
                                                                            Stephen Fasciani  7 days back

                                                                            I wish he would digress more. He touches on stuff I’m interested in but doesn’t make videos on those topics and says it goes beyond that video.... okay. Cool but make a full video!

                                                                            • Aidan S
                                                                              Aidan S  1 weeks back

                                                                              Oh so that's why I shouldn't flicker switches.

                                                                              • silly face
                                                                                silly face  1 weeks back

                                                                                what about lights that fade

                                                                                • Adnan Jama
                                                                                  Adnan Jama  1 weeks back

                                                                                  My dumbass was like: It's so blind people know if the lights are on or not

                                                                                  • Matthew Hopkins
                                                                                    Matthew Hopkins  1 weeks back

                                                                                    Why don't US power outlets have switches on them?

                                                                                    • Russell Hamner
                                                                                      Russell Hamner  1 weeks back

                                                                                      I am so sick of Big Electric lying to me about the nature and function of switches! Practically every other damned day there's another switch click related scandal all over YouTube, and I for one have just had ENOUGH.

                                                                                      • Chris Landy
                                                                                        Chris Landy  1 weeks back

                                                                                        This channel is a goldmine.

                                                                                        • Mikael Sojka
                                                                                          Mikael Sojka  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Say watt?
                                                                                          Electricity when you've pulled the plug: "Dang that's thicc"
                                                                                          Also what I've learned from the video: Punch the switch. Or when you use it normally and somebody is like "STOP CLICKING SO HARD" like... bruh...

                                                                                          • MatthewTheKiss
                                                                                            MatthewTheKiss  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Can you do a video non "why light switches turn light up, downward position" in the UK? Since I moved here (12 years) I can't get used to it fully.

                                                                                            • CRAZY J
                                                                                              CRAZY J  2 weeks back

                                                                                              I love these videos. I have an insatiable desire to learn and these videos are facisnating

                                                                                              • Idiot Plays Games
                                                                                                Idiot Plays Games  2 weeks back

                                                                                                1. Yes very stupid
                                                                                                2. Those wire connections give my poor electrician in trainings heart a yank

                                                                                                • Kutsy
                                                                                                  Kutsy  2 weeks back

                                                                                                  I knew the info before I clicked on the video but I am still amazed at how informative and yet simple this video is.
                                                                                                  Shows that research has been done and yet the information was not over complicated. 10/10 would watch again.