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 • 4 421

  • Falcrist
    Falcrist  4 hours 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  6 hours back

      I think that the spark makes the noise

      • steven payne
        steven payne  13 hours back

        1:55 scared me

        • MrJohnisthename
          MrJohnisthename  16 hours back

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

          • Sharkbyte399
            Sharkbyte399  17 hours back

            This video is oddly satisfying

            • Eschorg
              Eschorg  21 hours 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  22 hours back

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

                • Jorden Belanic
                  Jorden Belanic  1 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  1 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  1 days back

                      1500W of current.

                      This is big brain time

                      • Lustrum - 0005
                        Lustrum - 0005  2 days back

                        Click. 👈 ..💡

                        • freezaplanet419
                          freezaplanet419  2 days back

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

                          • Alklazaris
                            Alklazaris  2 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  2 days back

                              imagine not having safe plugs made by Anglo switch gang

                              • Nathan Fisher
                                Nathan Fisher  2 days back

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

                                • Donald Trump
                                  Donald Trump  2 days back

                                  My switch doesn't click

                                  • Exotic Developers OFFICIAL

                                    Why is this guy so weird

                                    • Kirk Schafer
                                      Kirk Schafer  2 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  2 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  2 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  2 days back

                                            I have some of those loud switches

                                            • patdthomas
                                              patdthomas  3 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  3 days back

                                                Instant favorite of all time list!

                                                • mercmoe234
                                                  mercmoe234  3 days back

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

                                                  • Alkaris
                                                    Alkaris  3 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  3 days back

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

                                                      • Wesley223332
                                                        Wesley223332  3 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  3 days back

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

                                                          • Ryan Michel
                                                            Ryan Michel  4 days back

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

                                                            • Garry
                                                              Garry  4 days back

                                                              Imagine having Cherry MX blue light switches

                                                              • Chicken Flaver
                                                                Chicken Flaver  4 days back

                                                                So blind people know it's on

                                                                • Jon Johnson
                                                                  Jon Johnson  4 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  4 days back

                                                                    Somewhat safely lmao

                                                                    • TwoAwesome564
                                                                      TwoAwesome564  4 days back

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

                                                                      • Kadiea Navales
                                                                        Kadiea Navales  4 days back

                                                                        Nothing's a perfect insulator....
                                                                        Pure Water: *exists*
                                                                        Hold on just a sec...

                                                                        • Andrew L.
                                                                          Andrew L.  4 days back

                                                                          I worked for 7 years for a power company, 3 different departments, the transmission part, with power lines and glass, silicon insulators, the operation part with substations and big breakers with oil, and the protection department with the little relay to coordinate why street circuits automatically turn back on, or not. BTW huge 230kV breakers use compressed air to blow away the voltaic arc inside the switch part, so they open the circuit internally, with SF6 and a blow of air, then externally. I can tell, the land shakes with a loud boom when they are operated.

                                                                          • Chunk
                                                                            Chunk  4 days back

                                                                            Is there anywhere you can get those old clacky style switches, I love them

                                                                            • Jeremiah Bullfrog
                                                                              Jeremiah Bullfrog  4 days back

                                                                              It takes tremendous skill to turn a mundane subject into something interesting, and you sir, have achieved that!

                                                                              • Ikkandor
                                                                                Ikkandor  4 days back

                                                                                I really want your shirt! What's it say in full?

                                                                                • Alan Daters
                                                                                  Alan Daters  4 days back

                                                                                  Mercury switches - no click and no arc. They should be good for 4 more minutes! Of course there also are switches which are more likely to produce an "ouch" sound.

                                                                                  • HenryTheHoover
                                                                                    HenryTheHoover  4 days back

                                                                                    Uk plug gang aint no one getting shocked

                                                                                    • DNB
                                                                                      DNB  4 days back

                                                                                      The switch for my Christmas tree is so bad that when I make it arc it smells like burnt electronics.

                                                                                      • Robert Harris
                                                                                        Robert Harris  4 days back

                                                                                        4:34 so what you're saying... is space is the perfect insulator...

                                                                                        • SumPatti Official
                                                                                          SumPatti Official  4 days back

                                                                                          at my house all the light switches are the bad ones

                                                                                          • Dániel Bedrossian
                                                                                            Dániel Bedrossian  4 days back

                                                                                            Ahh I spotted a nice soldering iron on your shelf-background, it's a Weller!

                                                                                            • Daniel Stephenson
                                                                                              Daniel Stephenson  4 days back

                                                                                              2:04 The conjoined twins were traumatised by their visit to Robot Disney World...

                                                                                              • Jonkree
                                                                                                Jonkree  4 days back

                                                                                                1:55 I accidentally shocked myself enough that I felt that...

                                                                                                • Galleta Bé
                                                                                                  Galleta Bé  1 days back

                                                                                                  I was searching for this comment, it was like a jumpscare for me

                                                                                              • Kickassman 4
                                                                                                Kickassman 4  4 days back

                                                                                                There is some level of Childish tendencies. "(Warning)" Please don't do this. I had my Auto play on and I decided to listen to this guy out.

                                                                                                This guy is way to excited to Plug and Unplug. as you see in this Diagram (http://prntscr.com/q7foi1)