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 • 3 798

  • Jeremy Dyar
    Jeremy Dyar  20 minutes back

    Did you have to re-wire those switches for that sequence to work at 0:06 ?

    • Dan Menes
      Dan Menes  26 minutes back

      I notice that you use the word "toggle" to refer to the operating lever of a switch. This is common, but in fact, inaccurate. The "toggle" is the mechanism that causes the click--for exactly the purpose you describe. The click in a "toggle switch" results from the reversal of direction of the transverse force on a joint in a jointed bar as the joint passes through the straight position.

      As I understand it, the word "toggle" refers in general to any mechanism that relies on the changing forces on a jointed bar as the joint passes through the straight position. Toggles can also be used to generate very high forces as the bar approaches straight. This is why "toggle clamps" are a thing.

      It seems to me that Wikipedia used to have a whole page on toggle linkages, but alas it has been replaced with a brief and cryptic paragraph on the single page they now have on mechanical linkages. Or maybe I'm remembering wrong and that's all they ever head.

      • Mark Dootson
        Mark Dootson  4 hours back

        North American domestic electrical components look so clumsy and dangerous, thank god you only use 120v

        • Adon LovE
          Adon LovE  5 hours back

          Ok i wouldn't abuse switches anymore

          • Sofiachan
            Sofiachan  5 hours back

            This video has a lot of nice tactile sounds

            • HFIL
              HFIL  9 hours back

              Well you learn something new everyday 😂😍😍

              • Marc Ohl
                Marc Ohl  14 hours back

                Wouldn't a solution be to have the metal contacts in a vacuum? Basically have the switch portion in a small box that has been sealed with a vacuum (no air).A vacuum should prevent an arc as there is no material for the electrons to flow through. Or would the vacuum over time cause stray molecules from the contacts to become a gas with which to provide a medium for an arc?

                • skwo
                  skwo  16 hours back

                  i got bad switches man

                  • exod4
                    exod4  18 hours back

                    Your joke was crying

                    • Andreas U.
                      Andreas U.  21 hours back

                      Hah! That britplug is only safe until you step on one that's lying on the floor at night.

                      • Moohead Ummm
                        Moohead Ummm  21 hours back

                        I wanna see something about outdoor warning sirens from him.

                        • Jacob Garcia
                          Jacob Garcia  22 hours back

                          Dude, I wanna hang out with you.

                          • ZenX100
                            ZenX100  22 hours back

                            Nobody:
                            YouTube at 3am: WANNA SEE WHY SWITCHES CLICK!!!??

                            • TheMiningTeam
                              TheMiningTeam  23 hours back

                              10:11 How to fix this: Use a transistor to power the load and use the switch to handle the small amount of voltage required to power the gate of the transistor. Granted, I don't think transistors can handle AC voltages, and the gate definitely needs DC, but you could use a Thyristor, and use the switch to control the gate of that. All you need to do is lower the AC voltage to a few volts and BOOM, the switch will, never arc because 3 volts and below is not enough to arc out. This has the added bonus of only requiring a transformer, and the Thyristor be added to the switch along side the needed connections.

                              • TheMiningTeam
                                TheMiningTeam  22 hours back

                                This has the double bonus of easily being turned into a light dimmer.

                            • Gokki
                              Gokki  23 hours back

                              When you say "That's beyond the scope of this video" what you're really saying is "watch a future video about that very specific niche subject on my channel very soon".

                              • RoseTech
                                RoseTech  23 hours back

                                You should extend this to the scene in Jurassic Park when Dr. Sattler has to pump the switch (against an internal spring) in order to then safely throw it into the closed position, which is why there is a very loud clack when she presses "PUSH TO CLOSE". Basically just a huge switch with so much speed required that you need to build it up.

                                • 34486
                                  34486  1 days back

                                  I liked putting 15+ amps of random shit on an extension cord and would try to hold the switch to make it spark, same with light switch that is wired to outlets lol. There are switches that are dead silent unless you actually try very hard to have them make sound, and I have tried to make them spark, but nope, never, not once. Never torn one apart and have not looked for them, but idk why they never would spark (or that i could hear). You could also leave them in any position, no it was not an adjustable resistor type of switch too lol.

                                  • randomstring
                                    randomstring  1 days back

                                    9:40 I used to do that all the time as a kid, because I thought the strobing lights, and more dangerously, the buzzing from the switch were cool. Hehe, good thing nothing bad happened.

                                    • Timm Bacher
                                      Timm Bacher  1 days back

                                      Holy crap, who did that shit job on wiring the cord to that broken AC outlet? Twist the wires Alec. Twist them tight. Tin them with solder if you have to. But don't leave them nasty like these are.

                                      • Sal khan
                                        Sal khan  1 days back

                                        Thumbs up to whoever like me started flicking their light switches after this video finished ?

                                        • eXonly 1090
                                          eXonly 1090  1 days back

                                          Is this Vsauce?

                                          • MonsterHMK
                                            MonsterHMK  1 days back

                                            This reminds me of the time I flipped a light switch, just right, and put it right between on and off

                                            • Mitch J
                                              Mitch J  1 days back

                                              What is the concept of de-bounce? I've never understood that.

                                              • Lut Haqimi
                                                Lut Haqimi  1 days back

                                                No, it's because n switch

                                                • possessedllama
                                                  possessedllama  1 days back

                                                  Nice Ektachrome t-shirt! :)

                                                  • Ronin van der Werke
                                                    Ronin van der Werke  2 days back

                                                    Was watching this on a toilet and just as he asked why it was so clicky the automatic light went off and clicked lol

                                                    • Uhh What?
                                                      Uhh What?  2 days back

                                                      You are one of the reasons I love Youtube.

                                                      • DARTrider
                                                        DARTrider  2 days back

                                                        Technology Connections: Talks about clicky light switches
                                                        Gaming Keyboards: Am I a joke to you?

                                                        • Edward Eddy67716
                                                          Edward Eddy67716  2 days back

                                                          1:55 And hope the live ones don't TO...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZT!

                                                          • jesx
                                                            jesx  2 days back

                                                            Switches: exist
                                                            Humans: balance the switches in the middle so the light starts flickering.
                                                            Switches: *bruh*

                                                            • Austin Snyder
                                                              Austin Snyder  2 days back

                                                              Hey. What about dimmer switches?

                                                              • Karthik
                                                                Karthik  2 days back

                                                                Me: I'm an adult who has a real life and important things to do

                                                                Also me: watches a 15-minute video on clicky switches

                                                                • Julian Lai
                                                                  Julian Lai  2 days back

                                                                  I always do that with the switches in my house to prevent from making noise.

                                                                  • Dhaval Momaya
                                                                    Dhaval Momaya  2 days back

                                                                    Why don't US plugs have switches?

                                                                    • Vinnie Cheng
                                                                      Vinnie Cheng  2 days back

                                                                      he looks like reggie

                                                                      • PARALLAX
                                                                        PARALLAX  3 days back

                                                                        *The switches in our house don’t click, and they can even be moved to any point along their rotation and left there. What makes it worse is that a lot of them are inconsistently mounted sideways and have no marking on them so that we don’t know which way is on or off.*

                                                                        • Coty Riddle
                                                                          Coty Riddle  3 days back

                                                                          ypu should correct that "120 times a second" In the usa its 60 cycles/Hz a second in Europe it is 50 cycles/Hz a second. Voltage is 115-120 volts in us and 230-240 in the eu....

                                                                          • Flipeecup’s Stuff
                                                                            Flipeecup’s Stuff  3 days back

                                                                            “A switch is where you put one finger in your mouth and the othe- no”

                                                                            • Ben Hackett
                                                                              Ben Hackett  3 days back

                                                                              A switch is a stick your grandma hits you with when you misbehave!

                                                                              • Brown Zheng
                                                                                Brown Zheng  3 days back

                                                                                I lost it at "1500 watts, infact"

                                                                                • Sean O'Brien
                                                                                  Sean O'Brien  3 days back

                                                                                  You should here the click when every light at the station is turned on or off for a turnout

                                                                                  • rtyzxc
                                                                                    rtyzxc  3 days back

                                                                                    Still, there is a switch inside a relay, so the contacts will eventually wear out. Is there any mechanism to make a switch without any arcing? Also, when I played airsoft, the big problem was wearing out trigger contacts, and the magic solution for that was a mosfet circuit. How do those work?

                                                                                    • GTA MODS 4 FREE
                                                                                      GTA MODS 4 FREE  3 days back

                                                                                      me:why youtube is red


                                                                                      youtube:yes

                                                                                      • sn0w music
                                                                                        sn0w music  3 days back

                                                                                        2:40 so maybe my outlets aren't broken
                                                                                        but my charger for my mac doesn't have an on/off switch, what am i supposed to do?

                                                                                        • David Ray
                                                                                          David Ray  3 days back

                                                                                          New argument: "Why can't you use a light switch like a normal person?!" 😂

                                                                                          • Mortus Evil
                                                                                            Mortus Evil  3 days back

                                                                                            I hate plugs in America. In Australia, our plugs have switches on them. American plugs are just always on.

                                                                                            • MelonPlayzYT
                                                                                              MelonPlayzYT  1 days back

                                                                                              In the UK we also have switches on our plugs, because we aren't morons

                                                                                          • McCaroni Sup
                                                                                            McCaroni Sup  3 days back

                                                                                            But what do I do about the joycon drift?

                                                                                            • Heccing Chloe
                                                                                              Heccing Chloe  4 days back

                                                                                              my light switch doesn't click.