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 • 4 441

  • etsch146
    etsch146  5 hours back

    I swear I learn more from this channel alone than I did with 12 years of schooling

    • I'm A Person
      I'm A Person  9 hours back


      • Pinky Mixology
        Pinky Mixology  12 hours back

        I got some older Leviton bad boys that "ka-chunk" super loud that installed. Love it.

        • Max Arseniy
          Max Arseniy  19 hours back

          Actually incorrect Ac power runs at 60hz so that current switches 60times per second not 120.

          • EDG
            EDG  21 hours back

            "Even edison knew that" yea what a prick.

            • Will Lav
              Will Lav  22 hours back

              please do a video on railroad crossigs

              • Trevor does random
                Trevor does random  1 days back

                How long where you sparking the outlit

                • Sumimasen Sir
                  Sumimasen Sir  2 days back

                  Fun fact: Switches come in different grades depending on their work environment. I.e.: If used in a carpentry workshop or a mill where small particles are floating in the air, a vacuum sealed switch is used. This is to prevent that small spark that always occurs upon switching. This spark can cause an ignition of the particles in the air and create and explosion. Often times they look like tiny vaults.

                  • Kamron Bowman
                    Kamron Bowman  2 days back

                    I just wonder how much this guy smokes

                    • videodistro
                      videodistro  2 days back

                      I love my old mercury switches. And they are safe. The globes of mercury won't break unless you took them off and mashed them with a hammer. Noiseless and arc free.

                      • Trixie Lulamoon
                        Trixie Lulamoon  2 days back

                        you're cute

                        • Michael Hagood
                          Michael Hagood  2 days back

                          Surprised you didn't also talk about blinkers and why and how they click.

                          • Robin Goblin
                            Robin Goblin  2 days back

                            I'm an electrician. Ask me questions if you like

                            • Cosmic Atom
                              Cosmic Atom  2 days back

                              I must create a similar set up as your background. I love it.

                              • Falcrist
                                Falcrist  3 days back

                                4:33 *_"Nothing's a perfect insulator"_*
                                If you want to get REALLY technical, empty space also has a dialectic strength, and therefor a breakdown voltage.
                                So you could say that "nothing *_ISN'T_* a perfect insulator"! :D

                                • Jack Gibson
                                  Jack Gibson  3 days back

                                  I think that the spark makes the noise

                                  • steven payne
                                    steven payne  3 days back

                                    1:55 scared me

                                    • MrJohnisthename
                                      MrJohnisthename  3 days back

                                      Hold my beer.
                                      Throws 1000kv switch
                                      hear that satisfying click?

                                      • Sharkbyte399
                                        Sharkbyte399  3 days back

                                        This video is oddly satisfying

                                        • Eschorg
                                          Eschorg  4 days back

                                          but like dont we actually hear that click because of the air exiting so fast from the swiftly met ends? and so the sound waves travels to our air and stuff?

                                          • Elliot Grey
                                            Elliot Grey  4 days back

                                            "Ooh! Let's do that again!"
                                            warning label at 2:26 : *am i a joke to you?*

                                            • Jorden Belanic
                                              Jorden Belanic  4 days back

                                              Very interesting video, this channel give me new respect for simple things I beforehand never paid any attention to. Love it!

                                              • Miles Fox
                                                Miles Fox  4 days back

                                                You posted this on my birthday when I turned 9 (I'm on my dad's account)

                                                • Sputnik Can Play
                                                  Sputnik Can Play  4 days back

                                                  1500W of current.

                                                  This is big brain time

                                                  • Lustrum - 0005
                                                    Lustrum - 0005  4 days back

                                                    Click. 👈 ..💡

                                                    • freezaplanet419
                                                      freezaplanet419  4 days back

                                                      6:56 "I'm Tom Bodett for Motel 6, and we'll let the electrical contacts weld together for ya."

                                                      • Alklazaris
                                                        Alklazaris  4 days back

                                                        For extra fun slowly flip a switch for sparks. Works much better on older switches.

                                                        Yeah probably should stop doing that after watching this.

                                                        • Lensy6
                                                          Lensy6  4 days back

                                                          imagine not having safe plugs made by Anglo switch gang

                                                          • Nathan Fisher
                                                            Nathan Fisher  4 days back

                                                            I'm only watching this because it had a click bait title.

                                                            • Donald Trump
                                                              Donald Trump  4 days back

                                                              My switch doesn't click

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                                                                Why is this guy so weird

                                                                • Kirk Schafer
                                                                  Kirk Schafer  4 days back

                                                                  One use for the lazy no-click switches: I used to care for some rugrats in a house with a 2-way hallway switch set. At bedtime, the kids would flip the lights on when I wanted them off, so I would put 'my' switch in the middle position, disabling both switches.

                                                                  • tuban body slammer
                                                                    tuban body slammer  4 days back

                                                                    This video is so dangerous, it bothers the hell out of me. Live wires like that are referred to as death wires, or suicide cords

                                                                    • Alan Minne
                                                                      Alan Minne  4 days back

                                                                      So, THIS is how he became Eraserhead. 😆 Seriously, his face is identical. Give him electric shock hairdo and it's him.

                                                                      • Trevor does random
                                                                        Trevor does random  4 days back

                                                                        I have some of those loud switches

                                                                        • patdthomas
                                                                          patdthomas  5 days back

                                                                          I don't know if they still exist, but I remember 40 years ago or so there were silent switches available. I believe they were mercury switches which utilized the same principal as old timey thermostats.

                                                                          • Stephen Sparks
                                                                            Stephen Sparks  5 days back

                                                                            Instant favorite of all time list!

                                                                            • mercmoe234
                                                                              mercmoe234  6 days back

                                                                              I have a couple of those really hard to switch lights in my house

                                                                              • Alkaris
                                                                                Alkaris  6 days back

                                                                                In comparisons to electrical sockets from US and UK, the UK electrical sockets are way more safer than the US sockets by far. It's a somewhat perfect design for complete safety, meaning you won't get an electro shock from turning a switch on or off. In addition to these safety measures you also get socket covers to put over the electrical outputs to prevent kids or anything from getting in there and trying to electrocute themselves. I say UK plugs are the best of their design because each and every appliance carries their own fuse so they don't trip the circuit breaker, its cheaper and more efficient that most appliances sold in other countries that don't employ the same kind of setup in their appliances. Because if the fuse happens to break, you can just take it out and replace it in that appliance by pulling the little plastic tab that you see on the plugs themselves to reveal a pill sized fuse, buying a small pack of fuses from your local hardware store is about as cheap as ₤5. If you try to plugin an appliance without a fuse in them they simply will not turn on.

                                                                                In addition to other safety measures for electrical sockets, if you take a UK power strip you can't electrocute yourself because of a safety prong keeps the shutters closed, and also prevents people from sticking their fingers in there and electrocuting themselves. So long as the top prong, the earthed prong of a plug is inserted as it goes into the socket it will safely unlock the shutters so the plug can make a connection , and you can hear a solid click sound as you insert a plug, and thats the sound of the safety shutters opening and closing.

                                                                                • lazy mations
                                                                                  lazy mations  6 days back

                                                                                  But when a device uses a Transformer it still can arc when in socket

                                                                                  • Wesley223332
                                                                                    Wesley223332  6 days back

                                                                                    For 240v connections for welders/plasma cutters or other machines, the switches are usually called hammers because the "click" is closed to bashing a hammer on a metal table.

                                                                                    • Main A
                                                                                      Main A  6 days back

                                                                                      5:06 this is the most terrifying piece of Hardware since death cables.

                                                                                      • Ryan Michel
                                                                                        Ryan Michel  6 days back

                                                                                        Can we get a slo-mo on those unpluggings in the opening??

                                                                                        • Garry
                                                                                          Garry  6 days back

                                                                                          Imagine having Cherry MX blue light switches

                                                                                          • Chicken Flaver
                                                                                            Chicken Flaver  6 days back

                                                                                            So blind people know it's on

                                                                                            • Jon Johnson
                                                                                              Jon Johnson  6 days back

                                                                                              You should talk about how 120 is more dangerous than 220 volts, as 220 is more “in rythum” with our heart

                                                                                              • Jon Johnson
                                                                                                Jon Johnson  6 days back

                                                                                                Somewhat safely lmao

                                                                                                • TwoAwesome564
                                                                                                  TwoAwesome564  6 days back

                                                                                                  Here I am 2 am on school night watching why swiches are clicky