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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  • sn0w music
    sn0w music  59 minutes 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  3 hours back

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

      • Mortus Evil
        Mortus Evil  4 hours back

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

        • McCaroni Sup
          McCaroni Sup  5 hours back

          But what do I do about the joycon drift?

          • Heccing Chloe
            Heccing Chloe  12 hours back

            my light switch doesn't click.

            • Ollie Rowan
              Ollie Rowan  12 hours 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  13 hours back

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

                • SkyWolfAlpha
                  SkyWolfAlpha  14 hours 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  14 hours 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
                      George Lukas Silva Gomes  16 hours back

                      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  17 hours back

                        no mention of mercury switches smh

                        • ooglek
                          ooglek  18 hours 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  20 hours back

                            1:55 made me jump

                            • Marco g
                              Marco g  20 hours back

                              Simple sound design

                              • Robert Craighead
                                Robert Craighead  21 hours back

                                I like the quite switches.

                                • lonelyPorterCH
                                  lonelyPorterCH  22 hours back

                                  well, now I know^^

                                  • WyrGuy2
                                    WyrGuy2  22 hours 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  23 hours 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  24 hours 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  1 days back

                                          1:47 Professional Driver, Do not attempt.

                                          LOL

                                          • kadmow
                                            kadmow  1 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..

                                            • Suraj Jain
                                              Suraj Jain  1 days back

                                              nice informative video..

                                              • Boom
                                                Boom  1 days back

                                                Ultimate satisfaction

                                                • eyeball226
                                                  eyeball226  1 days back

                                                  Appreciate the shoutout to our ridiculously safe UK power sockets!

                                                  • HappyBeezerStudios - by Lord_Mogul

                                                    Tactile feedback is something too overlooked nowadays.

                                                    • HappyBeezerStudios - by Lord_Mogul

                                                      Great to watch a video on clicky switches while repairing a clocky switch.
                                                      To go more into detail: The one on a flashlight that is basically like the one on a ballpen. One of the sheetmetal contacts broke off due to a cheap plastic housing and needed some bending to sit right again.

                                                      • Dark Stranger
                                                        Dark Stranger  1 days back

                                                        Why do American light switches switch UP for on DOWN for off? Yet device switches are opposite?

                                                        • chow
                                                          chow  1 days back

                                                          Who else thought this guy was Captain disillusion without the facepaint?

                                                          • Anadia Shark
                                                            Anadia Shark  1 days back

                                                            I hate how many British people tell me off for clicking the switched and been told by some i should use 2 fingers, one on each side to close it slowly.

                                                            • im1who84u
                                                              im1who84u  2 days back

                                                              I remember back in the sixties there was a type of wall switch that was called a "mercury switch" and it worked completely silent. It had a small glass bulb in it kinda shaped like a tic tac. On one side were the wires that needed to be connected to turn the light on. On the other end, was nothing. Also in the bulb was a blob of free floating mercury. The tic tac was able to be rocked or slanted so that the mercury would either be connecting the wires or on the other end not connecting the wires.


                                                              I wonder if that system arced. I don't even see those sorts of wall switches for sale anymore. There's probably a good reason for that.


                                                              Here's a photo of one I found on Google.
                                                              https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1242&bih=568&ei=NaVcXaSaBuLn_QahhKi4Cg&q=mercury+wall+light+switch&oq=mercury+wall+light+switch&gs_l=img.3...2641.13172..13977...2.0..0.92.2075.28......0....1..gws-wiz-img.......0j0i5i30j0i8i30j0i24.7pickB9HXsM&ved=0ahUKEwjkiPa-7pLkAhXic98KHSECCqcQ4dUDCAU&uact=5#imgrc=jt7abAmEXuUC0M:

                                                            • Luke Henry
                                                              Luke Henry  2 days back

                                                              Gay

                                                              • Joseph Weimer
                                                                Joseph Weimer  2 days back

                                                                No one:

                                                                Absolutely NO one:

                                                                Like REALLY, no one:

                                                                This guy: Why are switches clicky? Here's why.

                                                              • AnDreIceCold
                                                                AnDreIceCold  2 days back

                                                                Question: Isnt vacuum perfect insulation?

                                                                • sparkb
                                                                  sparkb  2 days back

                                                                  Nice wiring on that outlet

                                                                  • Noah Sprinkle
                                                                    Noah Sprinkle  2 days 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  2 days 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  2 days 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  2 days back

                                                                            1:56

                                                                            • Andrei Maria
                                                                              Andrei Maria  2 days back

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

                                                                              • Ramon Palacio
                                                                                Ramon Palacio  2 days 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  2 days back

                                                                                  *Specimen* and *sparks*

                                                                                  • Bradley Whais
                                                                                    Bradley Whais  2 days back

                                                                                    A perfect vacuum is a perfect insulator.

                                                                                    • DragonWolf5589
                                                                                      DragonWolf5589  2 days 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  2 days back

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

                                                                                        • Michael Moorhouse
                                                                                          Michael Moorhouse  2 days 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.

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                                                                                              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!