Switches are Clicky; Here's Why

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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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Pogla The Grate
Pogla The Grate 7 hours ago
Any clues as to why Seppo switches are reversed?
SkyWolfAlpha 7 hours ago
I didn't think I'd watch a 15 minute video about light switches... but I didn't think I'd watch that one about the toaster either and here we are. This channel is a rabbit hole. Don't send help, there's a lot of interesting stuff down here.
Zhakia 7 hours ago
Serious question Does anyone try to click the switches while watching this video? Coz I just did that without any reason
Ink Dreams
Ink Dreams 8 hours ago
Lets do that again... Donkey
Kaufmancab51 9 hours ago
I'm still in an old building that uses a much older toggle switch: buttons. Wonder why the buttons went out of style
Carlos Fuentes
Carlos Fuentes 9 hours ago
I would purposely arch it as a kid like at 9:40. I would smell burning lol
rewolff2 9 hours ago
FYI, in my house there are a few "broken" switches that don't click properly. I know the basics of this video, so I've been part of the "click" for over 20 years now. Nothing broke so far...
Shamy unix
Shamy unix 9 hours ago
But why does a fart not making the clicking sound?
dahammer13 10 hours ago
In refermence to a populer perfect vacuum i.e. one with no exixting particlesis insulator, an electrical curent is the movement of exited electrons ie exited electrons in the act of transfuring their state to another, so no Marcelo Gosling it has no "breakdown voltage:" an thus cannot form a plasma. futermore the fact that this vidio exists is disapoiting but the fact that so manny people seem to lack an, or have forgoten there basic middile school scince in on another level
Matthew Richardson
Matthew Richardson 10 hours ago
I feel like this video could have answered the question in half the time, but I’m glad it didn’t
Billy Masterson
Billy Masterson 10 hours ago
Me: I really need to get more sleep. Also me: *Sees video about why switches click and clicks on it at 2 AM noticing the clicking sound on my mouse*
Things I didn't know I wanted to know
DogeXP1273 11 hours ago
because they r doing they're mating call
WassupItsMike! 12 hours ago
Why does my switch spark sometimes
Hiram Escamilla
Hiram Escamilla 12 hours ago
My mom always beat me with a switch, no click, just a loud phewwww as it cut through the air and screams as it hit my bare behind.
Chris Beeson
Chris Beeson 12 hours ago
My neighbors must think I'm having the world's quietest rave.
Deicide 727
Deicide 727 13 hours ago
Light switch: *clicks* Technology connection: now this is a avengers level threat
C. Neko-desu ?
C. Neko-desu ? 13 hours ago
You need to be atleast level 5 grock to understand this XD
SmithCommaBenjamin 14 hours ago
Table off center. Now you can't unsee it
Caseko CSK
Caseko CSK 14 hours ago
At first I thought you will be talking about a clicky mechanical keyboard.
Turbo Chook
Turbo Chook 14 hours ago
"Hey, what have you been doing today?" "Oh not a lot, just watched a 15 minute video about why light switches click"
James 14 hours ago
Isn't it not a good idea to look at the arcs because they are UV?
Bolt Studios
Bolt Studios 14 hours ago
Me after watching video “Ooh lets do that again”
ATMunn 15 hours ago
I like this guy
Maximilian Dummnichtswürdigkerl
If I click the like button on my samsung it doesnt click at all!!! Outrageous!!!
The Tunneler
The Tunneler 15 hours ago
I'be done that, and killed my fan
Chromic 15 hours ago
holy shit you sound like linus tech tips
Maximilian Dummnichtswürdigkerl
Wrong question. The right question is 'why not?'
Off_mah_lawn 15 hours ago
Lmao this video cracked me up
Jadey 15 hours ago
Oh hey looks like Bob from Stranger Things decided to go talking about technology from the past
Kyle K
Kyle K 15 hours ago
10:44 I hope you don't have a public mailing address. people might send you old switches ;)
deltaray3 15 hours ago
471 people tried this (5:05) at home.
David Prins
David Prins 15 hours ago
odds are the no click but thud switch had a retail price of around a buck.
NovaEvolv3d 16 hours ago
9:43 I'm guilty of doing this for fun....
Perry Brown
Perry Brown 16 hours ago
Always remember the first "Lost in Space" episode where, after programming the robot to destroy the ship (and becoming trapped onboard) - Smith flicks the robot's switch "off" - but it is not "clicky" enough! (and sticks midway). (After some time, the robot corrects the problem by turning it back on - and many classic episodes follow) So, the space agency could make robots and spaceships - but skimped on the clicky switch - doh!
Maximum Drive
Maximum Drive 16 hours ago
So yourre saying if I hold a switch between on and off it will gradually damage itself?
Lord Sandwich
Lord Sandwich 17 hours ago
2:15 Gasp1 He mentioned the UK! *stands up and salutes* "God save our gracious Queen, Long live our noble Queen.."
Harry F
Harry F 17 hours ago
I'm patriotic about my "completely safely" plugs lol
Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson 17 hours ago
1500 watts, or 6½" in imperial.
Duplexent 17 hours ago
Why am I here
Ratfink B
Ratfink B 17 hours ago
Flip it like a man, Phyllis
Doctor Whouse
Doctor Whouse 18 hours ago
The Switch is clicky to give you better feedback regarding your JoyCons being properly attached.
Dull Bananas
Dull Bananas 18 hours ago
nintendo switch
Dull Bananas
Dull Bananas 18 hours ago
He protecc He attacc But most importantly... *c l i c c*
replica9000 18 hours ago
Anyone remember the push button light switches?
birdybirdforever 18 hours ago
When I was a kid, I used to slowly turn the lightswitches off and could hear them 'crackle'. Now I know what was causing that sound! Sorry, dad, for probably damaging the metal within the switch!
Man Of Steel
Man Of Steel 19 hours ago
For blind people duh
Elmasryq 19 hours ago
Damn dude you are awesome, never change ♥
Uwirlbaretrsidma. 19 hours ago
Professional videographer doesn't know what a jump cut is. Edit: The video was awesome regardless so fuck me.
Senor Corbuiser
Senor Corbuiser 19 hours ago
This is answered my shower thought I had a few years ago. Thank you.
Michael Persch
Michael Persch 19 hours ago
So my grandma was right when she told me as a child that it is not good to play around with the light switch to let the light slightly glow.
GonnerKat 19 hours ago
You're right, nothing is a perfect insulator.
David M
David M 20 hours ago
This is why "arcing" is a problem on DC railways - Southern England predominantly uses 750v DC "Third Rail". This is fine for the most part, but occasionally it can arc with a parallel running rail that the power will conduct with - as it is DC rather than AC, the arcing will continue until the power is isolated.
Usmaan Sial
Usmaan Sial 21 hour ago
With loads of bullshit uploaded to USvid each second. Videos like this keep it useful. Cheers.
Black Cat
Black Cat 21 hour ago
Oh is this also why my windshield wipers/indicator lights click?
Stéphane Bessette
Stéphane Bessette 21 hour ago
Very informative. My initial thought was the audible click was to provide a cue that the current was flowing through, so if your light didn't turn on it was because the light bulb was burnt, not because the switch was improperly "switched". Or when turning a light off: if I hear the click and the light is still on then I am using the wrong switch.
Billy Wellen
Billy Wellen 21 hour ago
Bonus! the audio can be used by blind people to ensure something is on or off. Unintentional inclusion feature.
schel sullivan
schel sullivan 21 hour ago
Such a great story from such a simple thing. I think anything can be made to be fascinating with the well written and presented story.
matthew banta
matthew banta 22 hours ago
In some applications, inductance can really increase the voltage making switching off the current even more fun.
Jockberg 22 hours ago
Yes, but what about dimmers?!
Tom S.
Tom S. 22 hours ago
Every time I watch him talk about electricity I want to just unplug all my devices and keep a distance to all the power sockets.
Doni Dozh
Doni Dozh 22 hours ago
1:26 I saw that coming hahah
Jeffrey Allan Backowski II
If there are people out there that are so stupid they need a USvid video to tell them why a switch makes a "clicky" sound, then, we're in a lot of trouble...well... not I, ya'll, you're in a lot of trouble, I'm not with you all, people that believe the earth is a globe are dead to me, I don't even like to hear the words you say, your individual lives are worth less than nothing, you are one big mass, you all think the same, believe in the same things, you all react the same, you're all programed the same, a Frankenstein-esk monster, a Golem, a puppet...lol, and I know how to make you dance. I watched literally 1 second of this video, I bet the guy that makes them is fat, gay, and would molest a kid given half a chance, probably why he makes these videos, you sheep are into some weird sh*t.
Chad The Gig Economist
it's so blind people know when the light is on! DUH!!!!
Vini Dalvino
Vini Dalvino Day ago
Could you please put backgroud music in your video? It make themboring so I alway quit at around 5 min. However I really do like how your dynamism.
Anvilshock Day ago
Also, yes, this is stupid dangerous. Just half-arsedly squishing free strands of multi-filament wire down with a screw, half of the filaments not even connecting, instead of terminating them properly with ferrules, is very stupid. And dangerous.
Anvilshock Day ago
[pleasant chime]
Michael Schagen
USvid challenge: Make a video as interesting as possible about a subject as mundane as possible. This video would be a contender.
thetworoos Day ago
Great video!
I remember waking up to go to the bathroom and used the light switch slowly so that nobody would hear and then /earrape clicking noice
Makarov Fox
Makarov Fox Day ago
1:46 my apartment building have that switch
Citrus Things
As a kid, I used to put the switches in the halfway point because I was trying to make the 3-way hall light be off with all the switches pointing down. Until my dad said that I could cause a fire. The next 10 years I was afraid to cause a fire. (Then realized that it sounded stupid) Guess it just breaks the switch faster
09Ne8smZPztt Day ago
Such a great video and topic! A question I've never thought to ask, but love hearing the answer to.
Raven Devino
Raven Devino Day ago
This actually cleared up for me why the old light switch in my basement might be acting up.
Makarov Fox
Makarov Fox Day ago
why plug heat up for example when using a vacuum cleaner? or something that use a lot of watts?
Makarov Fox
Makarov Fox Day ago
edison suck, long life tesla
The_Only_Zac Day ago
Now I'm curious why some lamps need to be clicked multiple times to turn on/off?
MrMaxyield 21 hour ago
Because they are designed for incandescent 3 way light bulbs. Low, med, high light output. Most modern bulbs are incapable of 3 way operation. Put an old 3 way incandescent bulb in and they'll light everytime...
99wattr89 Day ago
The bang when you pulled apart the wires made me jump and hurt my ears. For the sake of headphgone users, please don't use sudden loud sounds.
Cheap business guide Guyana
I always wonder what make the sound ??
Angori Angori
"Even Edison knew that". Good one.
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