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 • 3 649

  • letsPlay1196
    letsPlay1196  11 minutes back

    what if i can just take the switch from my wall and use it in my hand to turn the lights on and off, yes that'S a thing

    • Pokemon Chris
      Pokemon Chris  2 hours back

      I think the one thing we in the UK can be proud of most above all other countries is our plugs.

      • Daniel Findley
        Daniel Findley  4 hours back

        I was going to subscribe after watching this video, but then I discovered I already was 😆

        • jaye1967
          jaye1967  4 hours back

          My guess is the fact that the desired effect from most light stitches is to turn the light on or off as quickly as possible helps with them last a very long time with little chance of failure. I have some LED lights that have a short period of time before they completely turn off. A fraction of a second but I still noticed, and after the switch had been flipped.

          • Lady D
            Lady D  5 hours back

            My light switches are more like buttons (they're still quite clicky tho) that light up when the lights they control are off...how do they work? I assume similarly but still wanna know specifics =)

            • usbcd360
              usbcd360  5 hours back

              In the past, the really clicky ones were intended for non-bedroom spaces, due to their sound. For bedrooms, there were switches with mercury capsules instead, since the mercury would evaporate and recondense, reforming your switch contacts when they got blown away. The new ones are a compromise, since you can't just throw mercury at every switching problem now.

              • fakshen1973
                fakshen1973  6 hours back

                I subscribed just now. Someone took the time to break down some of the simplest engineering in our everyday lives and its importance. Trivial in one regard. But I'll never look at a light switch the same again.

                • Joshua
                  Joshua  6 hours back

                  It will take you 15 minutes to explain this????

                  • Mochrie99
                    Mochrie99  9 hours back

                    Ooh! Let's do that again!

                    • MrOldPal ]
                      MrOldPal ]  9 hours back

                      Shat about the switch intro why does it click

                      • Jace Zorn
                        Jace Zorn  11 hours back

                        Meanwhile when the balast started going out in the florescent lights at my house I would purposefully induce the spark to increase voltage temporarily to make the balast start to function proper

                        • Gandalf1783
                          Gandalf1783  12 hours back

                          Hey where do you got that relais from? I was searching for one of these for months 😩

                          • Victor Liu
                            Victor Liu  12 hours back

                            Finally I know that I’m not the only person to know about SF6...

                            • KolonaRulez
                              KolonaRulez  14 hours back

                              I propose a switch clicking asmr video for your second channel!

                              • airslashe
                                airslashe  14 hours back

                                That what I’m doing in my life
                                Learning why switches make noise

                                • backmasking klocucha12
                                  backmasking klocucha12  15 hours back

                                  I remember a few years ago when I unplugged a turned on TV from an outlet. There was a bright flash and a loud bang from the socket, and then the power went out. I still can't figure out what was it.

                                  • Rev. William Willenbrock
                                    Rev. William Willenbrock  15 hours back

                                    I just love these videos...

                                    • Mario
                                      Mario  15 hours back

                                      I like it how you use IMPACT as the main font for the in-video writings

                                      • Maverick Hargrave
                                        Maverick Hargrave  16 hours back

                                        This kind of information is what schools should teach us. We deal with lamps and switches all the time and don't even know how they work.

                                        • AlphaOmega
                                          AlphaOmega  16 hours back

                                          Very comprehensive 👌🏼

                                          • The Gay Frog Society
                                            The Gay Frog Society  16 hours back

                                            yet the people who made the neo-geo mini said,,,,


                                            "clicky thumbsticks is hard to make"

                                            • psychomaniac189
                                              psychomaniac189  18 hours back

                                              do you have nothing better to do ?

                                              • Soullessgingerftw1
                                                Soullessgingerftw1  18 hours back

                                                "Like a lightswitch"
                                                Me: "Just go click, it's a cool little Mormon trick"

                                                • James Mifsud
                                                  James Mifsud  18 hours back

                                                  Damn, American switched and sockets are odd and dangerous

                                                  I like your comment at the start about some being safe and less than completely safe

                                                  • Jackalovski
                                                    Jackalovski  19 hours back

                                                    *makes note* Flick my switch, to give them a long life....

                                                    • bugalaman
                                                      bugalaman  20 hours back

                                                      Thanks for another great video, Electroboom.

                                                      • jSkrat Nyarlathotep
                                                        jSkrat Nyarlathotep  20 hours back

                                                        BEAR wires! \0/

                                                        • tengelgeer
                                                          tengelgeer  20 hours back

                                                          12:23 Probably not. They are more expensive so they usually just cheap out and use a normal relay. Never seen one with a latching relay.

                                                          • Ronald Garrison
                                                            Ronald Garrison  20 hours back

                                                            Oh yes, the house where I grew up had those hard-clacky switches. Never did care for them. My aunt and uncle had a house with silent switches. I think they used mercury.

                                                            • Ronald Garrison
                                                              Ronald Garrison  20 hours back

                                                              1. In an office environment, using a fidget clicker can certainly make sparks fly.

                                                              2. The question of how to avoid sparks when turning things on and off is a complex and interesting one. One thing you might want to discuss in another video is how reactive loads affect this, and also how smart outlets could help with this.

                                                              3. When I was growing up, we had an electric range and, as you might expect, it was connected to a 3-wire, 220 V line. It had several discrete levels of heat, with click stops. I knew it had to do with having two different rings on each burner, and connecting each to either both wires, one wire, or none. Later, most ranges I encountered had continuously varying controls. I always wondered how that was done. To the best of my knowledge this is done with SCRs, which became available, I suppose, around the Sixties.

                                                              4. BTW I wonder how they handled burner control in the UK and some other places before SCRs, where AFAIK it's all just 2-wire, 220 volt service in residences (but 3-phase in some industrial cases).

                                                              • Paul F
                                                                Paul F  22 hours back

                                                                The humble switch.... much more than meets the eye!
                                                                The simplest and quickest way to de-bounce a switch, is to place a capacitor across its contacts. A better way is to implement a Schmitt Trigger circuit, which latches the change to the output on first contact, eliminating all that make-and-break action of an analogue switch.

                                                                • Ryan Ator
                                                                  Ryan Ator  23 hours back

                                                                  I really admire the amount of effort you put into the production of your videos, you even go as far to make subtitles and as someone who watches everything with subs if it's available i appreciate that a lot, thanks for making such interesting content man.

                                                                  • Mike Dench
                                                                    Mike Dench  23 hours back

                                                                    That was interesting even though I thought I knew the answer to start with. Which I did but hadn't ever really taken a good look at the innards of a switch

                                                                    • John Wascavage
                                                                      John Wascavage  23 hours back

                                                                      What about mercury switches?

                                                                      • cal mccullen
                                                                        cal mccullen  1 days back

                                                                        very fun vid, thank you.

                                                                        • Michal Nemecek
                                                                          Michal Nemecek  1 days back

                                                                          I don't understand how you can make a 15 minute video about switches.

                                                                          • Citrus Lump
                                                                            Citrus Lump  1 days back

                                                                            Jokes on you we use knife switches exclusively in this household!

                                                                            • Harry M
                                                                              Harry M  1 days back

                                                                              heres another question: why is the voltage lower in the US than here in europe? lower voltage means more current for the same power.

                                                                              • LiftKid
                                                                                LiftKid  1 days back

                                                                                I have a panel from an elevator and its switches can take literal seconds to click after flicking. Scary but cool.

                                                                                • Jimi Hendrix
                                                                                  Jimi Hendrix  1 days back

                                                                                  It's so blind people know when they've turned the light on

                                                                                  • doongi01
                                                                                    doongi01  1 days back

                                                                                    You should do a video on printing calculators

                                                                                    • Spir Al
                                                                                      Spir Al  1 days back

                                                                                      Haha thank you for the information , I'll be more rude with switches

                                                                                      • Matt Carrell
                                                                                        Matt Carrell  1 days back

                                                                                        IF there was a light switch which was Quantum in nature, would the light be both on and off? Don't even go there with the cat example…!

                                                                                        • Matt Carrell
                                                                                          Matt Carrell  1 days back

                                                                                          Personally I've never liked mushy switches. Switches that mush won't last long as such…. :)

                                                                                          • Ardin Catish
                                                                                            Ardin Catish  1 days back

                                                                                            I was hoping it'd explain why my old house has switches you can hear from a mile away and modern switches are quiet...


                                                                                            oh dang it does. 10:32


                                                                                            I thought this video was going to be some useless information but it's actually pretty relevant.

                                                                                            • MyTech
                                                                                              MyTech  1 days back

                                                                                              Those super clicky switches, with real spring loading, in your old house are still available. They are out of favor because the cost a few cents more and some folk do not like the loud clack noise.

                                                                                              Also insulator-conductor spectrum is not really true, at least it is an over simplification. While it is true that most conductors have some resistance(exceptions are called super conductors) the resistance should be thought of like wind-drag on a car or water-drag on a boat. A true insulator on the other hand has zero electrical leakage within its design envelope(mainly temperature and voltage gradient), an insulator is not simply a high resistance conductor. To be sure many materials have manufacturing defects that allow some leakage but this is generally not the bulk of the material but isolated channels, most notable on very thin insulation such as those found in capacitors, where the defects have a high chance of being the full depth of the insulation layer.
                                                                                              Now under certain conditions the insulation property can be broken and allow electron flow, thus turning an insulator into a conductor. Think of the insulator like a brick wall to the car, which prevent the car from moving at all up to a certain effort at which point the wall crumbles. This is what happens to gases in an arc, the voltage gradient becomes so high that the outer electrons of the gas are popped loose creating charged ions, charged ions will allow substantial electrical flow and the heat generated by the resistance helps keep the gas ionized even though the voltage gradient is much lower with conduction than it was before conduction.

                                                                                              Now you may be say "Wait! What about surface leakage on PCBs?"; Well that is not flow through the insulator that is flow creeping across the surface of the insulator due to the molecules at the edge of the material having loose ends so to speak, without a matching neighbor the charges may not be fully bound and the surface becomes a high resistance conductor.

                                                                                              And to cover another point, insulators generally do not block the electromagnetic field around electrical charge and flow which is capable of transferring energy without any exchange of electrons. Thus electricity can [up to a point] appear to flow through a capacitor or transformer though no electrons are actually crossing the capacitor or transformer.

                                                                                              • thecognacsipper
                                                                                                thecognacsipper  1 days back

                                                                                                this video was awesome 'amit! ive been follwwingyouu for a while love your progression keep it uppp!

                                                                                                • peanutbutterlover jr
                                                                                                  peanutbutterlover jr  1 days back

                                                                                                  I turned the light which off in my room slowly on and off when I was little alot and it made sounds oops but it still works😉