Switches are Clicky; Here's Why

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  • 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 • 3 779

  • 34486
    34486  6 minutes back

    I liked putting 15+ amps of random shit on an extension cord and would try to hold the switch to make it spark, same with light switch that is wired to outlets lol. There are switches that are dead silent unless you actually try very hard to have them make sound, and I have tried to make them spark, but nope, never, not once. Never torn one apart and have not looked for them, but idk why they never would spark (or that i could hear). You could also leave them in any position, no it was not an adjustable resistor type of switch too lol.

    • randomstring
      randomstring  19 minutes back

      9:40 I used to do that all the time as a kid, because I thought the strobing lights, and more dangerously, the buzzing from the switch were cool. Hehe, good thing nothing bad happened.

      • Timm Bacher
        Timm Bacher  2 hours back

        Holy crap, who did that shit job on wiring the cord to that broken AC outlet? Twist the wires Alec. Twist them tight. Tin them with solder if you have to. But don't leave them nasty like these are.

        • Sal khan
          Sal khan  4 hours back

          Thumbs up to whoever like me started flicking their light switches after this video finished ?

          • eXonly 1090
            eXonly 1090  7 hours back

            Is this Vsauce?

            • MonsterHMK
              MonsterHMK  9 hours back

              This reminds me of the time I flipped a light switch, just right, and put it right between on and off

              • Mitch J
                Mitch J  9 hours back

                What is the concept of de-bounce? I've never understood that.

                • Lut Haqimi
                  Lut Haqimi  9 hours back

                  No, it's because n switch

                  • possessedllama
                    possessedllama  9 hours back

                    Nice Ektachrome t-shirt! :)

                    • Ronin van der Werke
                      Ronin van der Werke  12 hours back

                      Was watching this on a toilet and just as he asked why it was so clicky the automatic light went off and clicked lol

                      • Uhh What?
                        Uhh What?  14 hours back

                        You are one of the reasons I love Youtube.

                        • DARTrider
                          DARTrider  21 hours back

                          Technology Connections: Talks about clicky light switches
                          Gaming Keyboards: Am I a joke to you?

                          • Edward Eddy67716
                            Edward Eddy67716  24 hours back

                            1:55 And hope the live ones don't TO...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZT!

                            • jesx
                              jesx  1 days back

                              Switches: exist
                              Humans: balance the switches in the middle so the light starts flickering.
                              Switches: *bruh*

                              • Austin Snyder
                                Austin Snyder  1 days back

                                Hey. What about dimmer switches?

                                • Karthik
                                  Karthik  1 days back

                                  Me: I'm an adult who has a real life and important things to do

                                  Also me: watches a 15-minute video on clicky switches

                                  • Julian Lai
                                    Julian Lai  1 days back

                                    I always do that with the switches in my house to prevent from making noise.

                                    • Dhaval Momaya
                                      Dhaval Momaya  1 days back

                                      Why don't US plugs have switches?

                                      • Vinnie Cheng
                                        Vinnie Cheng  1 days back

                                        he looks like reggie

                                        • PARALLAX
                                          PARALLAX  2 days back

                                          *The switches in our house don’t click, and they can even be moved to any point along their rotation and left there. What makes it worse is that a lot of them are inconsistently mounted sideways and have no marking on them so that we don’t know which way is on or off.*

                                          • Coty Riddle
                                            Coty Riddle  2 days back

                                            ypu should correct that "120 times a second" In the usa its 60 cycles/Hz a second in Europe it is 50 cycles/Hz a second. Voltage is 115-120 volts in us and 230-240 in the eu....

                                            • Flipeecup’s Stuff
                                              Flipeecup’s Stuff  2 days back

                                              “A switch is where you put one finger in your mouth and the othe- no”

                                              • Ben Hackett
                                                Ben Hackett  2 days back

                                                A switch is a stick your grandma hits you with when you misbehave!

                                                • Brown Zheng
                                                  Brown Zheng  2 days back

                                                  I lost it at "1500 watts, infact"

                                                  • Sean O'Brien
                                                    Sean O'Brien  2 days back

                                                    You should here the click when every light at the station is turned on or off for a turnout

                                                    • rtyzxc
                                                      rtyzxc  2 days back

                                                      Still, there is a switch inside a relay, so the contacts will eventually wear out. Is there any mechanism to make a switch without any arcing? Also, when I played airsoft, the big problem was wearing out trigger contacts, and the magic solution for that was a mosfet circuit. How do those work?

                                                      • GTA MODS 4 FREE
                                                        GTA MODS 4 FREE  2 days back

                                                        me:why youtube is red


                                                        youtube:yes

                                                        • sn0w music
                                                          sn0w music  2 days back

                                                          2:40 so maybe my outlets aren't broken
                                                          but my charger for my mac doesn't have an on/off switch, what am i supposed to do?

                                                          • David Ray
                                                            David Ray  2 days back

                                                            New argument: "Why can't you use a light switch like a normal person?!" 😂

                                                            • Mortus Evil
                                                              Mortus Evil  2 days back

                                                              I hate plugs in America. In Australia, our plugs have switches on them. American plugs are just always on.

                                                              • MelonPlayzYT
                                                                MelonPlayzYT  9 hours back

                                                                In the UK we also have switches on our plugs, because we aren't morons

                                                            • McCaroni Sup
                                                              McCaroni Sup  2 days back

                                                              But what do I do about the joycon drift?

                                                              • Heccing Chloe
                                                                Heccing Chloe  3 days back

                                                                my light switch doesn't click.

                                                                • Ollie Rowan
                                                                  Ollie Rowan  3 days back

                                                                  we have one of the old light switches that you mentioned in our dining room. it only has one light attached to it. I’ve never really liked it that much and now I know why it is so much different than the rest of the light switches in our house

                                                                  • C137
                                                                    C137  3 days back

                                                                    Thank you for spreading information , i discovered your channel from the heater and aircon .

                                                                    • SkyWolfAlpha
                                                                      SkyWolfAlpha  3 days back

                                                                      Ok, so after watching this I had to go around my place clicking all the light switches.
                                                                      They're very disappointing. Not only do they not click (they do indeed thud), but if I do it slow enough, I can hear it arcing.
                                                                      They're old, but also probably cheap and not likely replaced in a least several... decades? They're that super attractive tan-yellow color. On white walls. Somehow they found one that LOOKS as old as the others, but it has 2 USB plugs in it.

                                                                      • Eric Codecire
                                                                        Eric Codecire  3 days back

                                                                        I had a lamp for a while that, if you got the switch in the perfect place between on and off, it would shine very dimly. It always felt like it was bad for it, but I could never come up with a good reason why, so I kept doing it for fun.

                                                                        • George Lukas Silva Gomes

                                                                          switch is a small device that transfers data packets between multiple network devices such as computers, routers, servers or other switches. ooor that thing in bdsm

                                                                          • Brendan Siemers
                                                                            Brendan Siemers  3 days back

                                                                            no mention of mercury switches smh

                                                                            • Steve Johnson
                                                                              Steve Johnson  22 hours back

                                                                              They are becoming less-common, but yes, mecury-wetted relays and switches can be made to work silently.

                                                                          • ooglek
                                                                            ooglek  3 days back

                                                                            I purchased an Intertek YLPT-94 power strip at Home Depot in late March 2019. The switch on the power strip made a nice click when turning from off to on. But when turning from on to off, a small amount of pressure would separate the contacts, just like the "bad" switch in the video. I could see the arcing through the red clear switch material with barely any pressure!


                                                                            I'm shocked (bad pun) that companies can sell switches that are unsafe and a potential fire hazard, in the US or anywhere. This is the last time I'm going to cheap out on electrical devices of any sort. This one is going in the trash.


                                                                            Why are uncertified electronics legal to sell? Low standards are likely causing humans harm or death.

                                                                            • The Purple Ender Eye
                                                                              The Purple Ender Eye  3 days back

                                                                              1:55 made me jump

                                                                              • Marco g
                                                                                Marco g  3 days back

                                                                                Simple sound design

                                                                                • Robert Craighead
                                                                                  Robert Craighead  3 days back

                                                                                  I like the quite switches.

                                                                                  • lonelyPorterCH
                                                                                    lonelyPorterCH  3 days back

                                                                                    well, now I know^^

                                                                                    • WyrGuy2
                                                                                      WyrGuy2  3 days back

                                                                                      As my father always called them (an Old Skool Electrician) and what I was taught in apprenticeship training (~45 yrs ago! 🤔🤷🏼‍♂️🥴) is that the spring loaded ‘clicky’ switches were always referred to as ‘SNAP SWITCHES’ for the exact reason you explained, they snap open, they snap closed. The ‘silent’ switches (used in high end houses etc) were the mercury bulb type like the bi-metal mercury bulb thermostats...

                                                                                      • toot
                                                                                        toot  3 days back

                                                                                        "...but that's beyond the scope of this video"

                                                                                        I never thought I'd hear those words on any of your videos.

                                                                                        • Christopher Smyth
                                                                                          Christopher Smyth  3 days back

                                                                                          I've always wondered why our traditional switches make a dull thud, but the ones in the basement make a loud snap.

                                                                                          • Retroscape Gaming
                                                                                            Retroscape Gaming  3 days back

                                                                                            1:47 Professional Driver, Do not attempt.

                                                                                            LOL

                                                                                            • kadmow
                                                                                              kadmow  3 days back

                                                                                              lol. show me a mechanical switch that doesn't need debouncing when used in any (Ok pretty much all) digital applications.


                                                                                              Debounce only takes one line of code in its simplest form. (just write in a pause before its position is checked again.)


                                                                                              Funny I come across this video as I was working on (thought experiment) a simple, fail safe switching mechanism to break extremely high current circuits (hundreds to thousand(s) of amps at 500-1000V DC) - to make it work best takes a really quick spring (and possible a resistive ramp, coupled with a hefty flyback diode..