Switches are Clicky; Here's Why

  • Published on Aug 11, 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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  • steven payne
    steven payne 3 hours ago

    1:55 scared me

  • Falcrist
    Falcrist 5 hours ago

    4:33 *_"Nothing is a perfect insulator"_*
    Actually, if you want to get REALLY technical, "Nothing" (as in, empty space) isn't a perfect insulator either.

  • MrJohnisthename
    MrJohnisthename 6 hours ago

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

  • D3lkatty
    D3lkatty 8 hours ago

    This video is oddly satisfying

  • Eschorg
    Eschorg 11 hours ago

    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 13 hours ago

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

  • Jorden Belanic
    Jorden Belanic 15 hours ago

    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 15 hours ago

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

  • Sputnik Can Play

    1500W of current.
    This is big brain time

  • Lustrum - 0005
    Lustrum - 0005 Day ago

    Click. 👈 ..💡

  • freezaplanet419
    freezaplanet419 Day ago +1

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

  • Alklazaris
    Alklazaris Day ago

    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 Day ago

    imagine not having safe plugs made by Anglo switch gang

  • Nathan Fisher
    Nathan Fisher Day ago

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

  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump Day ago

    My switch doesn't click

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    Why is this guy so weird

  • Kirk Schafer
    Kirk Schafer Day ago

    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

    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 Day ago

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

  • Trevor does random

    I have some of those loud switches

  • patdthomas
    patdthomas 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    Instant favorite of all time list!

  • mercmoe234
    mercmoe234 2 days ago

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

  • Alkaris
    Alkaris 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

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

  • Wesley223332
    Wesley223332 3 days ago

    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 ago

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

  • Ryan Michel
    Ryan Michel 3 days ago

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

  • Garry
    Garry 3 days ago

    Imagine having Cherry MX blue light switches

  • Chicken Flaver
    Chicken Flaver 3 days ago

    So blind people know it's on

  • Jon Johnson
    Jon Johnson 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    Somewhat safely lmao

  • TwoAwesome564
    TwoAwesome564 3 days ago

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

  • Kadiea Navales
    Kadiea Navales 3 days ago +4

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

  • Andrew L.
    Andrew L. 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

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

  • Jeremiah Bullfrog
    Jeremiah Bullfrog 3 days ago

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

  • Ikkandor
    Ikkandor 3 days ago

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

  • Alan Daters
    Alan Daters 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    Uk plug gang aint no one getting shocked

  • DNB
    DNB 3 days ago

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

  • Robert Harris
    Robert Harris 3 days ago

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

  • SumPatti Official
    SumPatti Official 3 days ago

    at my house all the light switches are the bad ones

  • Dániel Bedrossian
    Dániel Bedrossian 3 days ago

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

  • Daniel Stephenson
    Daniel Stephenson 3 days ago

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

  • Jonkree
    Jonkree 3 days ago +2

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

    • Galleta Bé
      Galleta Bé Day ago

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

  • Kickassman 4
    Kickassman 4 4 days ago

    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 (prntscr.com/q7foi1)

  • Whiffling Tit
    Whiffling Tit 4 days ago

    I love my clicky blue cherry switch keyboard, but I'm switching to a quieter brown cherry soon in favor of having a quieter keyboard that still has that satisfying tactile clicky feeling.

  • SapphireFlame
    SapphireFlame 4 days ago +4

    So that's why lightswitches buzz when held at midpoint.

  • D Zuke
    D Zuke 4 days ago

    Ooooooooh, electric sparks...

  • Dodge Williams
    Dodge Williams 4 days ago +3

    came for clicking noises, stayed for accidental lessons in arc welding

  • Jake Smith
    Jake Smith 4 days ago

    UK Viewer here, how come the US plug sockets don't have switches on them?

  • Der ohne Namen
    Der ohne Namen 4 days ago

    Those sparks doesnt appear in european outlets

  • Yoonseong Do
    Yoonseong Do 4 days ago

    I do silent switching intentionally sometimes to not wake people up in the room

  • DB-47
    DB-47 4 days ago

    Some older trams like Czechoslovakian Tatra T3 / T3SU(CS) have line contactor, that makes noticeable clack sound when turning on and even louder when breaking higher current (60 - 540A (750 A max when overcurrent trips contactor instantly) at 600 V DC). Newer trams are fully solid state but still have line contactor as backup beacuse lowering pantograph under overcurrent would cause huge electric arc

  • chris d
    chris d 4 days ago

    Well its 4:40 in tge morning and i learned something new and totally usless to me lmao

  • Mob
    Mob 4 days ago

    9:49 when I was 6 Years old, I used to do that and somehow the damn thing short circuited and my house's main room was lit on fire

  • Defensive Wounds
    Defensive Wounds 4 days ago +1

    14:42 - this reminds me of when I am setting up mics for my drumkit and other equipment for my band! lol

    • Ollie Bonugli
      Ollie Bonugli 3 days ago

      Reminds me of putting acoustic foam up in a small room when my drums are already set up lol

  • BeagleBear Gaming
    BeagleBear Gaming 4 days ago

    1 min in and i am already smile watching your video. thanks

  • Lil Cumstain
    Lil Cumstain 5 days ago

    why the fuck did i get entertained by a dude explaining switches