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 • 4 346

  • Max Ramos
    Max Ramos  1 hours back

    Clicks are mostly relaxing to me

    • Chris Lore
      Chris Lore  3 hours back

      So, I have some really crappy worn out rocker-style switches in my walls, are these a fire hazard if they aren't very clicky anymore!?

      • Bill A
        Bill A  4 hours back

        Love the old skool Ektachrome T-shirt in this digital world. ;)

        • 200odd300
          200odd300  11 hours back

          11:55 oops I've slowly moved the switch like that and I can hear cracking sounds coming from inside the switch

          • Rob Ludlow
            Rob Ludlow  13 hours back

            Wow, this was brilliant! Answered so many questions I had... and ones I didn't even know I had yet!

            • guntur pasopati pamungkas

              Tq, now i understand why my steaker got burn :|
              The arch is serious problem :|

              • Robert Zin
                Robert Zin  16 hours back

                To bad you can't get truly silant Mercury switches anymore

                • Ks Ss
                  Ks Ss  16 hours back

                  Awesome. Incidentally, debouncing is a PIA.

                  • zalex820
                    zalex820  17 hours back

                    5:24 Wrong information... It's not "120 times a second" in the US we operate @ 60 Hz and that's 120 volts @ 60 Hz = 60 times a second. As the sine wave passes 0 60 times.

                    • Peter B
                      Peter B  17 hours back

                      I have a clicky house with a clicky switch
                      Clicky is the sound of all that I hear
                      Clicky are the streets and all the trees are too
                      I have a girlfriend and she is so clicky
                      Clicky are the people here that walk around
                      Clicky like my Corvette, it's in and outside
                      Clicky are the words I say and what I think
                      Clicky are the feelings that live inside me

                      • Sean -Chesthole- Osman
                        Sean -Chesthole- Osman  18 hours back

                        Speaking of power lines, do you know what the orange balls sometimes hanging off of power lines do? Are they put there so that the lines don't constructively interfere with themselves and shake themselves loose?

                        • Sean -Chesthole- Osman
                          Sean -Chesthole- Osman  18 hours back

                          If only there was an easily searchable network of computers that contain the world's information. Oh wait. Google says they were put there so that airplanes don't run in to them. Insiders call them marker balls. Lame.

                      • Cabbage_Man123
                        Cabbage_Man123  21 hours back

                        My laptop start button dosent flick,will it fry itself?

                        • Barbaravus
                          Barbaravus  22 hours back

                          You look like Robbie Rotten if he didn't dress like he was in a cartoon.

                          • A Person
                            A Person  23 hours back

                            half a megasub nice

                            • Herping Science and more

                              5:25 in the US it crosses the zero. 60 times every Second the voltage is 120

                              • blue night
                                blue night  1 days back

                                12:05 ty I think that's what's wrong with our basement light switch

                                • User M
                                  User M  1 days back

                                  You should do an episode on the Mac keyboard that doesn’t move, but uses the Tactile Engine to trick people into thinking it’s clicking!

                                  • Dean C
                                    Dean C  1 days back

                                    Nobody else REALLY love the subtly different noises that different switches make?

                                    • Dr.Sloth Sapper
                                      Dr.Sloth Sapper  1 days back

                                      Topsy Knew live wires where dangerous.

                                      • Maxwell Lambert
                                        Maxwell Lambert  2 days back

                                        so is it bad to wire switches in series?

                                        • Spicy Media
                                          Spicy Media  2 days back

                                          You may believe UK plugs are completely safe... but then I would guess you've never stepped on one barefoot by accident!

                                          • Endri Qeriqi
                                            Endri Qeriqi  2 days back

                                            One reason I clicks is because the plastic is coming together and makes a sound. Problem sloved

                                            • RobotZer0
                                              RobotZer0  2 days back

                                              12:55 contactors unlike relays contain additional mechanisms for arc suppression

                                              • Blazer02LS
                                                Blazer02LS  2 days back

                                                Basically the same technology that is used in the buckling spring contacts in the IBM keyboards. No mention of quiet mercury switches?

                                                • Watch my vid: Sad! By XXXTENTACION

                                                  Next video: *_Why doesn’t the sun make a click when it turns day time_*

                                                  • Watch my vid: Sad! By XXXTENTACION

                                                    Next Video: *_Why do cars make sound when you turn it on_*

                                                    • Spanky2k
                                                      Spanky2k  2 days back

                                                      Where are the "1500 WATTS TO BE EXACT" merch shirts? :P

                                                      • Sairadinn Michaelis
                                                        Sairadinn Michaelis  2 days back

                                                        Oh man. Watching this video has made me cringe on my past child self. Back when I was 8 or so I used to put the switches in the half state because I enjoyed the crackling noise. The amount of life I needlessly ripped from the switches is unthinkable.

                                                        • Sam McInturff
                                                          Sam McInturff  2 days back

                                                          Damn, that was really informative :)

                                                          • weakamna
                                                            weakamna  2 days back

                                                            The perspective and darkness on the stock footage at 4:21 makes it look like the electrical towers are sinking into the ground O.o

                                                            • Dino Dan
                                                              Dino Dan  2 days back

                                                              It took 15 minutes to explain why switches click, when it’s only a 30 second job 😭 the rest of this was just very very basic information on electronics :/

                                                              • thekerbal
                                                                thekerbal  2 days back

                                                                What about the light switches which stay in one position and you press them to turn on and off (they make a clicking noise elsewhere and don’t feel clicky)

                                                                • Redstone Tech
                                                                  Redstone Tech  3 days back

                                                                  My house has many of the switches you described that were in the house you grew up in. I wondered why they were different lol

                                                                  • Phi6er
                                                                    Phi6er  3 days back

                                                                    This is so satisfying.

                                                                    • João Felipe
                                                                      João Felipe  3 days back

                                                                      1:54 electroboom: yeah, suffer like i do.

                                                                      • Thomas Conrow
                                                                        Thomas Conrow  3 days back

                                                                        LOL The railroad "switch" that you showed was actually whats known as a "frog".

                                                                        • Ben Tice
                                                                          Ben Tice  3 days back

                                                                          Me @1:53: Hey those wires look really dangerous, he should be careful
                                                                          Me @1:55: JUDAS PRIEST ON A TWO STROKE MOPED

                                                                          • whydoievenbothertoputthishere

                                                                            Also Haptic feedback? super important when designing stuff like tools and other ape to tech appliances

                                                                            • kasperinac
                                                                              kasperinac  3 days back

                                                                              Even Tesla* knew that

                                                                              • Stoic Trainee
                                                                                Stoic Trainee  3 days back

                                                                                But why? Why be so clickyclacky all the time?

                                                                                • Calvin Breakwell
                                                                                  Calvin Breakwell  3 days back

                                                                                  Laughes in British

                                                                                  • James Neave
                                                                                    James Neave  3 days back

                                                                                    "low household voltages"
                                                                                    _summons all the phases_


                                                                                    • Vidztory
                                                                                      Vidztory  3 days back

                                                                                      Uuugh! What have you done to me! Now whenever I walk into a room I flip the switch testing of it has a solid click!

                                                                                      So far it's 1 nice clicks to 2 not nice ones

                                                                                      *1 - 2*

                                                                                      • Novagunner
                                                                                        Novagunner  3 days back

                                                                                        Yea!? why so click clacky!?

                                                                                        • Emperor Jake
                                                                                          Emperor Jake  3 days back

                                                                                          Why are American switches upside down?

                                                                                          • Donald and Douglas
                                                                                            Donald and Douglas  3 days back


                                                                                            • X.Trigger Happy.X
                                                                                              X.Trigger Happy.X  4 days back

                                                                                              this made me go see of my room switch clicked

                                                                                              • Gigahertz4000
                                                                                                Gigahertz4000  4 days back

                                                                                                Awesome video thank you so much.