Switches are Clicky; Here's Why

  • 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 • 3 624

  • KolonaRulez
    KolonaRulez  57 minutes back

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

    • airslashe
      airslashe  1 hours back

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

      • backmasking klocucha12
        backmasking klocucha12  1 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

          I just love these videos...

          • Mario
            Mario  2 hours back

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

            • Maverick Hargrave
              Maverick Hargrave  2 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  2 hours back

                Very comprehensive 👌🏼

                • The Gay Frog Society
                  The Gay Frog Society  3 hours back

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

                  "clicky thumbsticks is hard to make"

                  • psychomaniac189
                    psychomaniac189  4 hours back

                    do you have nothing better to do ?

                    • Soullessgingerftw1
                      Soullessgingerftw1  4 hours back

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

                      • James Mifsud
                        James Mifsud  5 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  5 hours back

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

                          • bugalaman
                            bugalaman  6 hours back

                            Thanks for another great video, Electroboom.

                            • jSkrat Nyarlathotep
                              jSkrat Nyarlathotep  6 hours back

                              BEAR wires! \0/

                              • tengelgeer
                                tengelgeer  7 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  7 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  7 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  8 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  9 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  10 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  10 hours back

                                            What about mercury switches?

                                            • cal mccullen
                                              cal mccullen  11 hours back

                                              very fun vid, thank you.

                                              • Michal Nemecek
                                                Michal Nemecek  13 hours back

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

                                                • Citrus Lump
                                                  Citrus Lump  14 hours back

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

                                                  • Harry M
                                                    Harry M  14 hours 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  14 hours 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  15 hours back

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

                                                        • doongi01
                                                          doongi01  15 hours back

                                                          You should do a video on printing calculators

                                                          • Spir Al
                                                            Spir Al  16 hours back

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

                                                            • Matt Carrell
                                                              Matt Carrell  16 hours 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  16 hours back

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

                                                                • Ardin Catish
                                                                  Ardin Catish  16 hours 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  17 hours 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  18 hours back

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

                                                                      • peanutbutterlover jr
                                                                        peanutbutterlover jr  18 hours 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😉

                                                                        • jdgator95
                                                                          jdgator95  19 hours back

                                                                          Mr. Technology Connections man, I'm surprised you didn't discuss the old "silent" light switches which used mercury to make and break the circuit without noise.

                                                                          • Thomas P
                                                                            Thomas P  19 hours back

                                                                            ... there is one other kinda switch i can think of you didn't put in your switch bit

                                                                            • MC Gamer 4251-20
                                                                              MC Gamer 4251-20  19 hours back

                                                                              I have a light switch that dosent click at all

                                                                              • Casper S�
                                                                                Casper S�  19 hours back

                                                                                What about software buttons clicking?!

                                                                                • JJtoob
                                                                                  JJtoob  19 hours back

                                                                                  Yeah, don't make me go into keyboard switches, it would be a video on its own lol.

                                                                                  • atlys
                                                                                    atlys  21 hours back

                                                                                    Actually you were incorrect about SF6, the main use of SF6 is to make your voice sound crazy awesome.

                                                                                    • Pyrolonn
                                                                                      Pyrolonn  21 hours back

                                                                                      Great topic.

                                                                                      • KingBennon
                                                                                        KingBennon  21 hours back


                                                                                        • Jesse Montoya
                                                                                          Jesse Montoya  21 hours back

                                                                                          Just wanted to say this was the first video I've seen of yours and I instantly subscribed! Very informative and entertaining. I honestly had no idea I even gave a shit about light switches but hey, you proved me wrong 😂

                                                                                          • Team Wagy
                                                                                            Team Wagy  22 hours back

                                                                                            Haven't watched it but if you don't use the word "detent" I'm going to be upset

                                                                                            • Kyle Mcmannis
                                                                                              Kyle Mcmannis  22 hours back

                                                                                              *Sees title.*
                                                                                              Oh. Sure. I kinda wonder that.
                                                                                              *Sees the video is 15 minutes.*

                                                                                              • Holobrine
                                                                                                Holobrine  22 hours back

                                                                                                “A switch is a handheld gay” - Technology Connections, 2019


                                                                                                • Johntheawesomeguy
                                                                                                  Johntheawesomeguy  23 hours back

                                                                                                  5:18 hurts to look at, that is the most stupidly dangerous thing I have seen