This is why we can't have nice things 

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The Man in the White Suit - ve42.co/Suit
London, B. (1932). Ending the depression through planned obsolescence. - ve42.co/London32
Slade, G. (2009). Made to break: Technology and obsolescence in America. Harvard University Press - ve42.co/madetobreak
Krajewski, M. (2014). The great lightbulb conspiracy. IEEE spectrum, 51(10), 56-61. - ve42.co/Phoebus
Planet Money, The Phoebus Cartel - ve42.co/PMobs
The Light Bulb Conspiracy - svdown.info/post/video/m2uxntFmY3CAspY.html
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Written by Derek Muller and Petr Lebedev
Animation by Ivan Tello
Filmed by Derek Muller and Raquel Nuno
Edited by Derek Muller
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Music by Jonny Hyman and from epidemicsound.com"Aquatic Planet", "Rhythm of Dreams", "Tread Lightly", "Unexpected Visitors", "Curved Mirrors" "Drunken Lullaby" "Fluorescent Lights"
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Shan Sandaruwan
Shan Sandaruwan 12 minuter sedan
at 15:21 how the hell did he unscrew the light bulb and hold in to it without melting his hand
RedKing 13 minuter sedan
Where the hell is this guy getting his LED bulbs? they last a long time but not that long...
Ronald Catullus
Ronald Catullus 48 minuter sedan
That fabric scientist sounds like a young Khajiit
Vijay Ninel
Vijay Ninel Timme sedan
I usually dont come up with conspiracy theories but my Logitech gaming mice used to fail regularly - until I changed the cable of a failed mouse with the cable of an ordinary mouse. Now its working fine from years and years.
D-did they forget that light bulbs can sHATTER?
qwertyqwerty1955 Timme sedan
you are full of it.
erick Timme sedan
This is why we cant have nice things darling, because you break them, i had to take them away
Benjamin Boyle
Benjamin Boyle Timme sedan
GM used to do this as well. By company policy parts were designed to fail shortly after the warranty. I know someone who worked for GM who saw the memo's. I have no idea if they still do this or not.
Matt Combatti
Matt Combatti 2 timmar sedan
Just to clear the air - There are everlasting light bulbs...if powered correctly. Even a "dead" fluorescent tube will continue to light indefinitely if subjected to a radio signal or a high frequency electric signal. The tools and resources are already available and have been for over 100 years.
Joshua Reynvaan
Joshua Reynvaan 2 timmar sedan
Unsubscribed when I saw your double mask
Дмитрий Хабаров
thank you asus for making my computer last for 8 years without any sign of degrading (except for the battery which i replaced once)...
Jonathan Rocha
Jonathan Rocha 2 timmar sedan
Companies sabotaging products for profit :D We gotta love capitalism.
Its Just an Apple
Its Just an Apple 2 timmar sedan
Astrazeneca could be banned obsolence maybe
Eduard Fornés i Català
Oh, except we haven't. Planned obsolescence is pretty much as present in LEDs as it was in incandescent bulbs, sadly.
Priyam Paithankar
Priyam Paithankar 3 timmar sedan
Now this is content ✌🏼
Bunzen Kantzen
Bunzen Kantzen 3 timmar sedan
So are VPN companies and Streaming services also conspiring?
quantumcake 3 timmar sedan
actchually... they make the LED lamps with the same principle. the ones I buy usually last couple of months, which appears as a shorter span compared to conventional lamps. Excellent video. I'd have also liked to hear about the enviromental impact this selling strategy has, since many people can't connect the dots.
tilemacro 3 timmar sedan
I dream of a world where Greed is seen as a form of mental illness.
Slainer 4 timmar sedan
Thank you for ending on a possitive note
Rebelijah 5 timmar sedan
I disagree with the led being everlasting... I am constantly replacing my current "amazing" LED bulbs... I think there should be an early investigation to see if they are doing the same to LED bulbs
ayvengo e
ayvengo e 5 timmar sedan
why did the same not happen to led??
Sidharth Vijayan
Sidharth Vijayan 5 timmar sedan
Right to repair = Louis Rossman
Esconis 6 timmar sedan
Apple are releasing new phones every year, and are ending support for old ones. Just like Microsoft is doing. Even though the iphone 6 or Windows 7 was perfectly good.
Smiley !
Smiley ! 6 timmar sedan
This video was shockingly interesting🤯 I was hooked the whole way
Thijs B
Thijs B 6 timmar sedan
What episode of qi is he on?
Bart Huijgens
Bart Huijgens 6 timmar sedan
I never had a light bulb lasting more then +_5 year.... back to square 1...
equipt4sound 7 timmar sedan
I couldn't help but noticing the video security camera monitoring the light bulb. How long has it been on and what happens when it gets turned off? I think there maybe a conspiracy here just to get people to be exposed to an advertising platform.
Ao sika
Ao sika 7 timmar sedan
What about the massive withdraw of planned obsolescence: pollution.
Patrick K
Patrick K 7 timmar sedan
The EU's green narrative is only to create a new industry and thus jobs. So I wouldn't call them a saint...
Omenvreer 7 timmar sedan
Thats why I don’t update my freakin phone. I knew all those updates were doing is trying to make me buy another one. Damn corporations
Child Star
Child Star 8 timmar sedan
here in the Philippines someone invented an engine running on water but no one really wants to sponsor it. cause you know what country hated the idea the most
Ross Rossiter
Ross Rossiter 59 minuter sedan
Look up Stanley myers on SVdown, he invented a sparkplug that separated the hydrogen from water so any engine could run off any water, salty sea water, fresh, didn't matter. He wanted the world to use his technology and met with some supposed US government men at a restaurant to discuss moving forward with it, he took a sip from his cranberry juice, grasped his neck, said 'they've poisoned me' & died.
AtomicPunk23 8 timmar sedan
I lived through the 80s when planned obsolescence in the auto industry was at its peak. Our POS Ford escort broke down and ruined our Disneyland vacation, then a year later our POS new Chevy cavalier got us stuck in the desert for hours. I've never bought an American car in my adult life because of those experiences. They need to legislate this better with right-to-repair laws to restore confidence in American products.
burtosis 8 timmar sedan
The LED bulb lasting a long time is misinformation. Many designs require capacitors and to save a few extra cents and make them last shorter they cheap out and the capacitors fail, including explode by venting caustic fumes. Further, they drive the LEDs with too much current for the heat dissipation. I’ve had many many LED bulbs fail within the first 100 hours, all of these problems can be identified by non-technical people with limited engineering experience and as such are purposely made to fail early.
bananernasfarfar 8 timmar sedan
Thanks for the great video! Hopes Rossman can use this in the quest for right to repair!
JDH 8 timmar sedan
This really shouldn't come as a surprise. We literally had a corporation-backed president pushing bad lightbulbs for four years.
arash 8 timmar sedan
thank god we finally reached the everlasting lightbulb. with led lightbulb
Jerson Atilo
Jerson Atilo 8 timmar sedan
Even android phones are designed like that
Morpheus 8 timmar sedan
i thought this was primary school knowledge they do thing to break so they can still selling the thing
Lade 8 timmar sedan
Almost like the system that worships the profit motive cripples innovation, hmmmm
ognjen usumović
ognjen usumović 8 timmar sedan
great video! we need all the anti-consumerist propaganda we can get
Javier Campos
Javier Campos 10 timmar sedan
This is like an Ordinary Things video but without british jokes
Simple Mechanics
Simple Mechanics 10 timmar sedan
15:44 yes bright bit it is over run mode. It last may be months or year depends by your equipment. Led can run more than 120 year but it must run low current . Another thing is the power supply must locating separately. The led bulbs have the worst design ever. The led driver locating just middle of the bulb, where is the hottest. Electrolytic capacitors can not handle that heat and dies very quickly. Lower current = less heat. Possible you need to replace hundreds of led drivers within 1000 year but led runs perfectly. Just capacitors is so bad.... And these over driven led bulbs often does not have the heatsink too... only plastic and it melts...
sfincione2000 11 timmar sedan
This guy is one of the very few people that know how to incorporate my most hated of things... the ad. As much as I hate to admit it, he makes the ad included actually interesting. Go figure. Well, first of all, he warns you very quickly at the start that it's coming at the end, and then at the end he puts his own clever spin on the product and makes it very relatable. Well played, sir, well played... damn you =)
yoger ex
yoger ex 11 timmar sedan
Don't know about others but I have already changed led bulbs of entire house more than four times in last 4-5 years.. they fcking don't last longer than a year or two at most.. no matter which company I buy from
Mr. Logician
Mr. Logician 12 timmar sedan
Smart guys will understand the real message, that is unsaid in this video 😎
Masoud Gheysari
Masoud Gheysari 12 timmar sedan
The problem still exists in LED lightbulbs. There's a capacitor inside the light which smoothens the current for the LEDs inside the bulb. It's worth around 10 cents if they use the best material, and around 5 cents if they use the worst material. So, 5 cents difference. I can assure you that almost everytime an LED bulb blows, it's because this capacitor is bad material and it failed. The lightbulb is also all glued and you can't open it up without breaking it. But I could open a few, replaced the cap, and they're still working after years of use. So, they intentionally use bad capacitor while the price difference to make the bulb work for like 20 years instead of 1 year is not more than 5 cents.
Alyenbird 12 timmar sedan
My most recent experience with planned obsolescence: Most laptops typically can be unscrewed at the bottom and opened up. It is necessary to do this every few months to blow the dust and hair out of your computer fan with some compressed air- especially if you have pets. If you don't ever clean that dust and hair out, the fan slowly gets clogged up, ceases to work properly, and your computer can become dangerously hot. A lot of people are unaware that this maintenance needs to be done at all- which is a win for the company that sold the computer when it overheats and breaks. However, apparently some computer manufacturers don't even want those who know they need to clean their laptops to clean them. A relative of mine recently noticed that her laptop was overheating and that the fan is clogged. So she turned it over to unscrew it and clean it out. There were no screw holes. She called the professionals, and the professionals told her that model of laptop could not be cleaned. It was *glued* together rather than screwed. From now on anytime my family goes laptop shopping, we will be checking the bottom for screws!
rpaull3 13 timmar sedan
Many companies do this crap...
Tony Furtado
Tony Furtado 13 timmar sedan
The economic model is true of the vast majority of consumer products Longevity of products has a adverse effect on capitalism in the context of mass marketing. The answer to the equation is to remove the monitary systems dominance over decision making.
Louie Sangalang
Louie Sangalang 14 timmar sedan
Quality content! Thank you for sharing the truth and for educating us!
thecatsred 14 timmar sedan
capitalism was a mistake
TheModer8ter 15 timmar sedan
Jesus of Nazareth, who was God in the flesh of a man, died for the remission of sin, including yours, was buried, and rose form the dead 3 days later. If you simply believe in this to apply to you and trust Jesus to save you from hell then you have everlasting life in heaven. As Jesus says in John 3:14 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life."
Jessica Jones, Series of Paintings
The other reason is because of a false economy that depends upon wage-slavery in order to support corporate profits and private banks run by the Fed.
niraj bothe
niraj bothe 15 timmar sedan
such a shame even knowing this we are not changing our ways
wzguitar 16 timmar sedan
Zachariah Pinkston
Zachariah Pinkston 16 timmar sedan
My old Samsung S3 crapped out 5 days after the warranty expired...
TheGodlike300 16 timmar sedan
truly great video
Andrew Willis
Andrew Willis 17 timmar sedan
Why do I have to keep replacing my LED lightbulbs then?
Jonny D
Jonny D 17 timmar sedan
Your entire channel is at jeopardy because Bill Gates is behind creating COVID-19 virus. It is a man-made virus and for somebody to predict that only a few years before it came out is too coincidental. And now ironically he is helping support in creating a vaccine. Follow the money!
Declan Patch
Declan Patch 17 timmar sedan
If humans are put out of a job by machines, then I suppose you could make more long lasting products since less people's jobs and the profits are dependent on an economy of scale and planned obsolescence. So I guess thats kind of a plus-side to the automation issue.
khalifa malami
khalifa malami 17 timmar sedan
Every video from this guy is like a documentary
Fausto Botta
Fausto Botta 18 timmar sedan
justsomeguy 18 timmar sedan
Capitalism just keeps screwing us.
Eli McRibs
Eli McRibs 19 timmar sedan
And while watching this im focus at my light bulb 💡
D Ray
D Ray 19 timmar sedan
I like that the built-in NordVPN ad prioritizes content over privacy. Love the channel btw.
Emil Cioran
Emil Cioran 19 timmar sedan
This greed made our planet inhabitable. Think about it. Stop buying Apple products. You have the power to change the world!
Gabe Hopkins
Gabe Hopkins 19 timmar sedan
human planned obsolescence
Galav khurana
Galav khurana 19 timmar sedan
So what makes you think that covid was not fabricated? Who do we trust?
K G 19 timmar sedan
I love this, it never came into my mind that companies do obsolescence on their products so people would keep buying on them, all along I thought these companies are working so hard to create something with the best durability to outsold their competition. Thanks for this info, now I would be more keen on buying products, actually I would start by reading the nutritional value of foods I buy in supermarkets just to make sure, and soon I would also start reading terms of condition before agreeing.
notjack 20 timmar sedan
nice vid!
Lance Leonard
Lance Leonard 20 timmar sedan
has there never been a power outage there?
jsaleen17 20 timmar sedan
Greed!! Thank you for this video. Most people are blind and haven't got a clue about what's going on right in front of their face. I've been saying the same thing about phones. And that consumer stupid enough to get the newest phone when it comes out is the reason phones are 1,000 dollars. It's not over. It's only getting worse with all products. Greed!!!
Dodd Rougeau
Dodd Rougeau 21 timme sedan
Not allowed to be one big happy channel...depends on "Censorship Requirements". Ok, Now, Research "Flat Earth". See just how difficult it is to find Positive Feedback on that Interesting Subject. Which is Absolutely True. Anyway, regardless of Your Stance on Flat Earth, - Ha ha, I just had to. Anyway, your shows are quite good. Thank You. "Eric Dubay" is the greatest positive source on the "Mainstream Taboo Subject". That Scare Technique Should Pique Your Critical Thinking.
Daa3.1416 Saa
Daa3.1416 Saa 21 timme sedan
i said they deserve to exiled into a black hole.
Amrit Singh
Amrit Singh 21 timme sedan
Ahh are you telling me we might have already found a cure for cancer but some scientist was killed/found dead in his/her apartment 🤔
Andrew Riley
Andrew Riley 21 timme sedan
Where's the references to the planned obsolescence for Apple batteries? Oh right, you don't have one.
Sam Hook
Sam Hook 21 timme sedan
The dislikes are most definatly iphone users.
nowave Beats
nowave Beats 21 timme sedan
i dont hate capitalism... its just too much greedy sometimes...
Lynx Lynxov
Lynx Lynxov 22 timmar sedan
I'm changing LED lightbulbs every 2 years The warrenty is 1 year. So, they catch up with that.
Przemysław Kruk
Przemysław Kruk 22 timmar sedan
Now imagine Phoeubus Cartel of pharmaceutical companies...
chidorirasenganz 22 timmar sedan
The iPhone example isn’t a good one because batteries naturally decay over time. Once solid state batteries are perfected that will be less of a problem
Tiago Cavalcanti
Tiago Cavalcanti 22 timmar sedan
Real knowledge on youtube. Veritasium is on top of the game.
jatan shah
jatan shah 23 timmar sedan
Amazing video
Woostty 23 timmar sedan
Haven't bought an Apple product since iPhone 3! Will never support that company again!
Dubspore Dag sedan
Its all because we are getting dumber and average consumer intelligence is decreasing
No Name
No Name Dag sedan
4:44 - Fines? Why wouldn't they just...refuse to pay those fines? I'm probably naïve, but it seems like if that went to court, the judge would immediately tell everyone to get the hell out and the asinine case would be dismissed. I went to school for engineering, and one of the very first things they taught us was planned obsolescence. I was, quite frankly, pretty disgusted by it. As much as I'd love to see it go away, I honestly don't think consumers would allow it at this point. Almost everyone expects cheap cheap products and doesn't care about quality. For example, they feel much better spending $15 every year on a cheap pair of shoes rather than paying $100 up front for a pair of shoes that'll last ten years. You pay more in the long run for the cheap shoes, but it that $15 price tag each time is easier to swallow. However, I have no gripe with artificially making a product _appear_ to be obsolete. I kind of like that actually. Foolish consumers who need the latest flashiest thing can foot the bill for savvy buyers who just want a long-lasting product. The result is you get better quality products, companies still get the surplus revenue they crave, and the vain consumer can feel cool 'cause they have the latest whatchacallit. Win-win-win.
Beau Runnels
Beau Runnels Dag sedan
LED... Every lasting lightbulb?... Now I KNOW you're full of sh*t.
Arun Sehrawat
Arun Sehrawat Dag sedan
Dislikes are from apple fans
Americanus Asstricanus
Who else thinks the bulb will outlive the video camera set to watch it?
Heinzkitz Velvet
I *_HATE_* led lights and I refuse to have anything to do with them.
Rock man
Rock man Dag sedan
My hate for luxury grew bigger
vara fouroneone
vara fouroneone Dag sedan
The video was fantastic EXCEPT it made the error of denying the existence of obsolescence with LED light bulbs... they never last as long as advertised!
michael w
michael w Dag sedan
I remember as a kid, phones were portrayed as these tiny, cool, devices to communicate in every way. Now days, phones are getting bigger and bigger. Even 'compact' versions are the same size as large phones of before.
glenn lopez
glenn lopez Dag sedan
This, perhaps unintentionally, suggests, that, there is a reason for everything; and that is, you are to be blamed for everything. It's for your own good.
Mohammed furqan
Mohammed furqan Dag sedan
people are dumb simple
Mohammed furqan
Mohammed furqan Dag sedan
Jojo mojito
Jojo mojito Dag sedan
Wait I heard LED last longer, but the capacitor for it last only 1-2 years. Is that right?
Confused Raccoon
I could totally believe that back then they thought about the future and that if these lightbulbs didn't burnout or die they'd make more money from people replacing them instead of only replacing ones that got broken from being knocked or shot or whatever.
Pablo Dag sedan
Veritasium: "can last anywhere from 10 to 50 times longer" My LED bulbs at home lasting 3 months: "NO."
An Organic Panic
Too bad LED is horrible for us
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