Switches are Clicky; Here's Why

  • Published: 11 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 • 4 689

  • Peter Voss
    Peter Voss  3 hours back

    ...and I've located a few "silent" mice, as the "tactile click" audibly drives me nuts. :)

    • Peter Voss
      Peter Voss  3 hours back

      Came across a few GE household mercury switches at a thrift store around 2017 to replace the elder "clickers". From full click to NO sound at all. Mercury must've been a test market from the late 70s?? Smooth and quiet.

      • Stu Boyd
        Stu Boyd  4 hours back

        The audible click of a light switch helps blind people know the lights are on. :)

        • Mark McIntyre
          Mark McIntyre  5 hours back

          Well done, informative information.

          • Raya Koth
            Raya Koth  12 hours back

            I also learned why my father didn't want me to play with the lights xD

            • Raya Koth
              Raya Koth  12 hours back

              Alec "Let's do that again" Watson.

              • londontrada
                londontrada  17 hours back

                Been an electrical maintenance engineer for nearly 20 years but always lean stuff from these videos.

                • tiov3001
                  tiov3001  19 hours back

                  please leave all electrocutions to ElectroBoom, he has the eyebrows for it.

                  • Mylo Fryett
                    Mylo Fryett  1 days back

                    I blew a plug through getting a Samsung plug and plugging it in a Xbox controller

                    • Christian Gingras
                      Christian Gingras  1 days back

                      Engineers that want to do the right thing sometime get a surprise.
                      For example, to turn ON and OFF a brush motor, it appear like a good idea to minimize the arcing on the brush by smoothly increasing the current.
                      It turns out that brush motor, either DC with permanent magnet or AC with electromagnet, will last much longer when the current appear abruptly.
                      The mechanical shock and arcing help keep those brushes ready to make better contact.

                      • arthur webb
                        arthur webb  1 days back

                        So what’s up with all these videos being proceeded by Michael Doomberg political ads?

                        • Haxorouse
                          Haxorouse  1 days back

                          My house has 1 of those loud clacky switches but it dosent run a single light... it runs all the outlets in our living room, we run several kilowatts through it on a regular basis and it's always fine, it too has probably been in use since the 50s

                          • Richardatf
                            Richardatf  2 days back

                            I thing YOU"RE kindof a clicky switch

                            • Cutequeen
                              Cutequeen  2 days back

                              I have safe plug sockets! 😄😄

                              • Rogue Aura Studios
                                Rogue Aura Studios  2 days back

                                Air is pretty good.

                                • Abigail Wallace
                                  Abigail Wallace  2 days back

                                  “But why so clicky clacky”

                                  • William mcdonald
                                    William mcdonald  2 days back

                                    Anyone remember the rumour it costs more every time you flick the switch.. Like it's better to keep it obit longer rather than hitting it off the back on soon after..

                                    • lrmclinn
                                      lrmclinn  2 days back

                                      ......7 minutes of bullshit to learn that the clicking sound a switch makes is from the speed of the connectors i feel cheated

                                      • Ianthe337
                                        Ianthe337  3 days back

                                        Fun fact I learned recently: The Nintendo Switch's joycons click because a prototype that used magnets made a nice clicky sound that they wanted to keep. :D

                                        • No
                                          No  3 days back

                                          Look at Mr. Fancypants over here with his snap on faceplates while I'm stuck with screw on faceplates

                                          • TheAzynder
                                            TheAzynder  4 days back

                                            Honestly microwave switches today are affordable, reliable and quite frankly sci-fi cool(which is kinda like normal cool but for a limited group of people).
                                            Why are we still flicking mechanical switches like assholes?

                                            • dawidwsmole
                                              dawidwsmole  4 days back

                                              Why am I not a normal person and move the switch really slowly so it doesn't make the noise? Why?

                                              • dawidwsmole
                                                dawidwsmole  4 days back

                                                A swich is a gay person that... No...

                                                • sau ruslan
                                                  sau ruslan  4 days back

                                                  thank you you learn me something new today :D

                                                  • Apple Pine
                                                    Apple Pine  5 days back

                                                    12:27 you should go to a dermatologyst

                                                    • lirio sogno
                                                      lirio sogno  5 days back

                                                      German ones aren't clicky

                                                      • Stephen Fasciani
                                                        Stephen Fasciani  6 days back

                                                        I wish he would digress more. He touches on stuff I’m interested in but doesn’t make videos on those topics and says it goes beyond that video.... okay. Cool but make a full video!

                                                        • Aidan S
                                                          Aidan S  1 weeks back

                                                          Oh so that's why I shouldn't flicker switches.

                                                          • silly face
                                                            silly face  1 weeks back

                                                            what about lights that fade

                                                            • Adnan Jama
                                                              Adnan Jama  1 weeks back

                                                              My dumbass was like: It's so blind people know if the lights are on or not

                                                              • Matthew Hopkins
                                                                Matthew Hopkins  1 weeks back

                                                                Why don't US power outlets have switches on them?

                                                                • Russell Hamner
                                                                  Russell Hamner  1 weeks back

                                                                  I am so sick of Big Electric lying to me about the nature and function of switches! Practically every other damned day there's another switch click related scandal all over YouTube, and I for one have just had ENOUGH.

                                                                  • Chris Landy
                                                                    Chris Landy  1 weeks back

                                                                    This channel is a goldmine.

                                                                    • Mikael Sojka
                                                                      Mikael Sojka  1 weeks back

                                                                      Say watt?
                                                                      Electricity when you've pulled the plug: "Dang that's thicc"
                                                                      Also what I've learned from the video: Punch the switch. Or when you use it normally and somebody is like "STOP CLICKING SO HARD" like... bruh...

                                                                      • MatthewTheKiss
                                                                        MatthewTheKiss  1 weeks back

                                                                        Can you do a video non "why light switches turn light up, downward position" in the UK? Since I moved here (12 years) I can't get used to it fully.

                                                                        • CRAZY J
                                                                          CRAZY J  1 weeks back

                                                                          I love these videos. I have an insatiable desire to learn and these videos are facisnating

                                                                          • Idiot Plays Games
                                                                            Idiot Plays Games  1 weeks back

                                                                            1. Yes very stupid
                                                                            2. Those wire connections give my poor electrician in trainings heart a yank

                                                                            • Kutsy
                                                                              Kutsy  1 weeks back

                                                                              I knew the info before I clicked on the video but I am still amazed at how informative and yet simple this video is.
                                                                              Shows that research has been done and yet the information was not over complicated. 10/10 would watch again.

                                                                              • Zach Durocher
                                                                                Zach Durocher  1 weeks back

                                                                                Yes thanks YouTube this is exactly what i wanted to watch

                                                                                • Ascended
                                                                                  Ascended  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Simple. The designers were clearly epic gamers and wanted tactile feedback on everything

                                                                                  • Tjua Valencia
                                                                                    Tjua Valencia  2 weeks back

                                                                                    I thought this video talks about why Nintendo switch have that click sound as their trademark brand sound

                                                                                    • Brontar
                                                                                      Brontar  2 weeks back

                                                                                      this is Vsauce5

                                                                                      • morsteen
                                                                                        morsteen  2 weeks back

                                                                                        So which one is the click and which one is the clack? Which direction makes the click sound I mean?

                                                                                        • Golden GuxV2
                                                                                          Golden GuxV2  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Anyone notice that the comments has been moved on mobile???? Or it just me

                                                                                          • Alan Błaszczyński
                                                                                            Alan Błaszczyński  2 weeks back

                                                                                            "Nothing is a perfect insulator"...
                                                                                            This is the best nerd pun I've heard this year xD
                                                                                            I guess space void is nothing, indeed...

                                                                                          • Leggo MuhEggo
                                                                                            Leggo MuhEggo  2 weeks back

                                                                                            I think debouncing would be needed regardless of clickiness.

                                                                                            • Tyler makes stuff
                                                                                              Tyler makes stuff  2 weeks back

                                                                                              0:04 is that a jacksfilms reference?

                                                                                              • Diamond Pup Stah
                                                                                                Diamond Pup Stah  2 weeks back

                                                                                                Lmao I like the little clicky sound. ADHD GOOO