This is why we can't have nice things

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This video is about stuff: light bulbs, printers, phones and why they aren't better. Go to and use code VERITASIUM to get a 2-year plan plus 1 additional month with a huge discount. It’s risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee!

The Man in the White Suit -

London, B. (1932). Ending the depression through planned obsolescence. -

Slade, G. (2009). Made to break: Technology and obsolescence in America. Harvard University Press -

Krajewski, M. (2014). The great lightbulb conspiracy. IEEE spectrum, 51(10), 56-61. -

Planet Money, The Phoebus Cartel -

The Light Bulb Conspiracy -

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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
Video supplied by Getty Images

Music by Jonny Hyman and from "Aquatic Planet", "Rhythm of Dreams", "Tread Lightly", "Unexpected Visitors", "Curved Mirrors" "Drunken Lullaby" "Fluorescent Lights"

Thumbnail by Raquel Nuno and Karri Denise

torq 8 dakika önce
It makes me feel good, everytime I am able to surpass the planned life cycle of the product I’m using. It’s like a hobby at this point
Domagoj Rubil
Domagoj Rubil 5 saatler önce
They making everything like this these days. My grandma still have the oven from the day she was a kid and I changed 11 so far
Mike's Lara
Mike's Lara 5 saatler önce
Really dude,wearing 2 masks while standing outside by yourself
Jase Daley
Jase Daley 6 saatler önce
thomas edison was one of the worst 25 human beings to have ever lived.
Kyle Robinson
Kyle Robinson 6 saatler önce
The same thing goes on with health care of any type.
treidoidoitrei 12 saatler önce
How about aerogel heatbulbs
Focused FilmW
Focused FilmW 15 saatler önce
At 14:13 He says Apple is the most valuable company. Actually a Saudia Arabian company. I forget the name at this point. It is actually the worlds largest in terms of dollars company. So I know yeah sure Apple has reached over $1 trillion. But it’s not the biggest. I was duped. Had to do research.
Speakmymind777 12 saatler önce
Lol. You seriously don't believe the information on youtube is accurate do you?
DanWilan 23 saatler önce
Make video on how cars as an experience all same crap
DanWilan 23 saatler önce
Been telling this to everyone for years now, I didn't even research
Sol Lignum
Sol Lignum Gün önce
I'd blame capitalistic mindset. You can do things strong and durable and lasting, but they still can't be unbreakable, people would still buy new bulbs occasinally, people would still come to maintain and repair their cars, people would want to repair their phone eventually. So a manufacturer, could, in theory, still run a manufacturing\maintenance business. Produce less and repair more, but i imagine It's just not as profitable :(
jordan vanbesien
jordan vanbesien Gün önce
thanks. Learned a lot.
Guy Skillen
Guy Skillen Gün önce
Swimwear now lasts for ages! Speedo Endurance toggs are amazing.
Project Integrity
Project Integrity Gün önce
this is why I am typing this on a refurbished mac pro--I can still use third party repair guys, enjoy the old sturdy casing, the updated software, and don't have to tolerate the bots working in the Apple store (prefer supporting my bearded bilingual old school self-employed techy geeks.) bonus! can play some dvds and cds:)
Dovahkiin VOKUL
Dovahkiin VOKUL Gün önce
Just how much more carbon emissions we have to deal with because of such people
Rabbit Hill
Rabbit Hill Gün önce
I can’t believe he doesn’t ever explain why he made that crazy light display and just acts super casually about it the entire time
Mark Foster
Mark Foster Gün önce
I just want to say.....I climbed up a cat scrathing post to replace my bulb; came down cursing my landlord's lack of a ladder for us all. That was I did it again. Same bulb!
THE Brother Holmes
THE Brother Holmes Gün önce
All the LED bulbs I've had last no more than a year. If you know which brand lasts a long time, PLEASE tell me!?!?!
Daniyar Tabaldyev
Daniyar Tabaldyev Gün önce
They have got to the led bulbs too. I had to replace about 10% of the led bulbs in the house that is 4 yeard old.
Speakmymind777 12 saatler önce
Yeah, it's all marketing BS. They claimed CFL was the greatest thing since airline travel. Anyone who promotes a NordVPN for a youtube site that is not about multimedia streaming such as Kodi or Netflix is a shill.
Isaías Abinadí Sosa García
Isaías Abinadí Sosa García Gün önce
This is progress.
Zeep Gün önce
Ya, there's another story about a copper coil that uses a small starter pulse of electricity to continuously manufacture and generate it's own with the original pulse, so it's basically infinite power, but they wont manufacture it because, ya, it would mean people who have power plants can't make money off of other human life forms, dumb but smart.
Anthony AT
Anthony AT Gün önce
Ford never said that about the colour. They were yellow initially anyway.
Operation tech
Operation tech Gün önce
ah yes the grand debate
im-a -meme
im-a -meme Gün önce
The best phrase "The pinnacle of capitalism"
TheWood0465 Gün önce
When I clicked on this it said "actual conspiracies," but what you've really shown is the exact reason that conspiracies don't generally exist. Governments and businesses don't really do things like this in secret. They do them in a way that is so boring that no one is really motivated to find out about them. Consider what you presented in the video. You claim that's the practices is the light bulb cabal were some kind of secret, then you show the movie about those exact practices from a few years later. Anyone who cares, knows. People already want a reason to buy new stuff. No need for a conspiracy with people who literally want to be taken advantage of.
Patrick Jan Formentera
Patrick Jan Formentera Gün önce
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hah thats pathetic what you do, waste money on cars and cars that last 1 year my neighbor drives 41 year old car and my dad drives 14 year old car but its like brand new wasnt used
SomeoneCommenting 2 gün önce
I have a friend who worked in some government labs, and practically all the old oscilloscopes, power meters, etc. which you could consider "high tech" during those times, came complete with *all* circuit diagrams and stuff. He could repair, on his own, something as complex as an oscilloscope, because they told you down to the value of the smallest resistor where it had to go and what was its operational purpose. You had even the troubleshooting manual with what to measure and test to verify that it was fixed. Then they started denying the user that information, given only to certified repair shops and technicians, until everything went down to chips and not even the technicians had anything that they could repair anymore. You had to buy the whole new thing, or pay exorbitantly for repairs directly by the manufacturer. There was a curve tracer which had these soft rubber touch buttons, like the ones in calculators that have this carbon contact thing in the back to complete the circuit, which were already worn out after so many years of use. We contacted the company to ask how much was the repair, and they said that it was around $2500... I went online looking for those *generic* buttons and bought a small pack of like 60 of them for $10, the exact same ones used by the instrument. We opened the thing, changed the rubber buttons, and that was it. Didn't take even 20 minutes to do. $2500 MY ASS. And all these companies now do the same thing.
Jate Litherius
Jate Litherius 2 gün önce
The GD GMC ad roll immediately after Derek says ‘General Motors’… i hate it dude
McMaciej 2 gün önce
no way thats crazy
Matt B
Matt B 2 gün önce
I just bought a galaxy 21 ultra... I had a galaxy s10 plus... now I feel like a jackass
Dj none
Dj none 2 gün önce
Life is all a game. You need to be woke to win, and you need to be an advocate for change because not everyone is allowed to win.
James Scott
James Scott 2 gün önce
Yeah ever wonder why your new LED lights seem to last as long as your old filament bulbs.
JustAnotherPaddy 2 gün önce
Conspiracy isn’t a theory. It’s a felony.
1htalp9 2 gün önce
Right to repair forever!
Michael 2 gün önce
I dont care what the led lightbulb say on the box but they never last that long. I always need to replace them. They have some shenannigams there as well. Like if you agree.
Dreew 2 gün önce
So thats why tvs are so fragile
chris williamson
chris williamson 2 gün önce
Look into General tire.
Ciccio's 2 gün önce
You tube video exist*** NorVPN: "yo boi, it's time to spread some botnet"
lcarus42 3 gün önce
Planned obsolescence is responsible for over flowing landfills.
martinsemrok 3 gün önce
Although they say "20,000 hours" it's NOT TRUE! I had a difficult time trying to have a LED bulb replaced which died after only a few months.Perhaps it's the power supply which turns the AC into DC which dies before the LED element.
itSiya 3 gün önce
i had to compent this for the swifties out there this is why we cant have nice things darlingggg bc you break them I have to take them awayyyyy this is why we cant have nice things
Speakmymind777 3 gün önce
They said the same thing about CFL lightbulbs, which didn't last as long as they claimed.
Speakmymind777 3 gün önce
Was it Thomas Edison or Nikola Tesla?
ceres 3 gün önce
Soooo... capitalism...?
JoAnn Thomases
JoAnn Thomases 3 gün önce
So who really created the trash heaps ?
Cypher84X 3 gün önce
Why you think we don't have a cure for cancer, but can land a drone on an asteroid a billion miles away while it's moving thousands of miles per hour? Because there is no money in cures, but there is a ton of money in treatments
Dj none
Dj none 2 gün önce
Scientists actually get paid to find a cure; they fight the same war.
Jacob Olson
Jacob Olson 3 gün önce
I came here just to say… Bruh. The misalignment of font in the thumbnail is driving me crazy. It ain’t straight. It’s so close, but the words “Actual Conspiracies” is at a slight diagonal and it’s making me go mad.
Hmm.... 3 gün önce
This video is incredible!
zorrobeat 3 gün önce
Yeah, its allowd to sell trash for more profit but forbidden to drive your car because climate change. I hope everyone drives his car until this fakin planet melts!
thebookdoc on writing, editing, critique & tips
thebookdoc on writing, editing, critique & tips 4 gün önce
9:03 I was helping someone write a course about product design, sustainability and eco-efficiency and a lot of it had to do with metering the the expected 'serivice' of a product and being able to retrieve the components as part of the product lifecycle. That is: say you were manufacturing carpet. You want the product to be sustainable, made of eco-efficient materials (easily repurposed or refurbished and so much so that it CONTRIBUTES to the environment), energy efficient, profitable, and made with a supply chain that also follows these guidelines. You would create carpet that cost the same as exisiting products, give a life-expectancy (say 10 years), then retrieve the biproduct efficiently with zero-net ecological impact (the real goal ispositive). The materials could then be retrieved, eliminating waste as fully recyclable, and used to evolve into new carpeting or other positive biproducts. Who wants carpet to last forever anyway? But this is the next generation of product evolution. Determin life-service and build all components to be sustainable without waste. The latter is the real issue. Why have a disposable coffee cup whose service time is under 1 hour last hundreds of years. That's just poor design.
Silk Velvet
Silk Velvet Saatler önce
recycling carpet already happens in the exhibition/convention industry. They use that mean acrylic carpet, because it get's about 20years wear over 3-5 days, it's ripped up and recycled into new carpet for the next event. I don't know how energy efficient that is, but they do it. Well, here in the Uk they do it in places like Alexandra Palace, Olympia, maybe the NEC? I only exhibited there for the first time this year, and I was too busy making loads of money to notice. It's actually nicer to have that mean carpet at a show/event than something fancy with underlay which can affect the stability of your stand build and you worry about spillage etc.
Camden 4 gün önce
If there's grand conspiracies with lightbulbs, would it not be unreasonable to think there are conspiracies in higher axioms, such as medicine, healthcare, or government?
Ramya Balakrishna
Ramya Balakrishna 4 gün önce
I think you should do 1 video on patents as well, how that is also driven by profits...
Head and Shoulders ATR
Head and Shoulders ATR 4 gün önce
Concrete companies making roads in most states that aren't Alaska make it so every few years they need to replace the roads with constant construction.
Jungle Lee
Jungle Lee 4 gün önce
lol , funny enough , I was thinking about  as soon as he said “new colour every year “
aggi999 4 gün önce
But that's so wasteful! Do you honestly think that throwing a light bulb away will generate another one somewhere? That material is lost when buried
Rebecca Risk
Rebecca Risk 4 gün önce
Taking Back Eden - FE
Taking Back Eden - FE 4 gün önce
Wait until you discover the REAL CONSPIRACIES: EVOLution, heliocentrism, flat earth.
Atenção Chegou Chatuba
Atenção Chegou Chatuba 4 gün önce
the light bulb story is a good example that capitalism is not a propeller of inovation, inovation can happen but the same can be said of the opposite, as long as it makes money, it is done. Really sad.
William 4 gün önce
You’re not very smart are you companies have been doing this forever; electric car cars that runs on water
Brandon 4 gün önce
man doesnt know how the world really works
Matt Jayes
Matt Jayes 4 gün önce
Derek, very curious: how many tons of coal were needed to power this firehouse lightbulb all these many years?
Simon D
Simon D 4 gün önce
I refer those interested to The Condition of Postmodernity by David Harvey, written 30 years ago, but basically outlining this rationale about the economy and culture. It still holds true today.
Kas 4 gün önce
I actually found this enlightening.
;-; lucas ;-;
;-; lucas ;-; 4 gün önce
Darkviperau after getting trolled in chaos: this is why we cant have nice things.
R0B3RT F1SH3R 5 gün önce
"the lightbulb conspiracy' already covered this
Lawrence Luo
Lawrence Luo 5 gün önce
Good thing we need to beg the government for the rights to repair
Katie Donovan
Katie Donovan 5 gün önce
12:45 Actually, Ford vehicles were available in a variety of colors from the very start---gray, green, blue, and red. Incidentally, black was NOT available in the earliest Ford vehicles. (rendering it less than likely that Henry Ford ever said those words which have been so long ascribed to him, as black was not even an option for five years) Why? Expense. The only way to get colors back then (as there were no chemical colors...not like we have now)was to use pigments in white paint. The darker the color, the more pigment used and thus the more expensive the paint was to make. Fun fact: For about 100 years, black replaced purple as the color most favored by the wealthy for that exact reason: it was more expensive.
Edthekilekiller 5 gün önce
This is all well and good (not) but my question is...who was issuing the fines for the planned obsolescence non compliance??? Did they somehow get the governments in on it?
Bryan Cheron
Bryan Cheron 5 gün önce
Wait, you don’t say how this cartel enforced fines. Wouldn’t the company that received it just ignore it?
Vee 5 gün önce
Now do a video on the pharmaceutical company's keeping everyone sick...and how the Rockefellers forced the use of petroleum medicines over natural cures...
Yashi Stampedes
Yashi Stampedes 5 gün önce
we used to be able to fix our owned products. once you pay for something you own it. you should be able to repair it how you see fit. thats whats behind the right to repair movement. if we can do it for cars we should be able to do it for anything. built in obsolescence is the biggest contributor to landfill wastes.
Karim 5 gün önce
very interesting and important video, thanks
Aman Singhal
Aman Singhal 5 gün önce
You should visit Indian Temples.
Mitch Clifton
Mitch Clifton 5 gün önce
Coming from an electrician, I replace LEDs all the time, they can go out anywhere from 6 months to years, but most die off after 5-6 years.
NekoSauce9000 5 gün önce
Makes me sick to be human
Andrew Tucker
Andrew Tucker 5 gün önce
Damn, son. Makes you think, doesn't it? This is exactly why I don't rush out to buy the latest and "greatest", because we all know know what it really is.
powercatjeffy 5 gün önce
Capitalism is good. Corporatism and Crony Capitalism is evil.
powercatjeffy 5 gün önce
The Seeley Mansion in Abilene, KS still has boxes of original Edison Light bulbs.
Kolper 5 gün önce
Imho consumerism is awfull. Greed made latins thirsty for new territorries cuz they had people to enslave and resourses to stole. Soon or later solving problems of deficite will raise a problems of oldness of tecnologies. No one want to stuck in any time period for decades or maybe even centryes. So we need to keep quality over quantity. After all we have a problems of mass overproduction for a one and a half decade how. Good exsample is plastic. will to oversimplify made it the material to work. Now we addicted to its effectivness, and we all care about it not because we love polar bears, but because if something will be with oil or any onther modern life foundation then we wont have resourses to build a new type. Bronze age collapse like catastropy will be.
setite 5 gün önce
LED is weird. Its all cool and efficient but they can burn out hella fast if they are in the wrong enclosure, like my ceiling mount lamps. I burned a bunch out in those in less than 6 months. But replacing those fixtures themselves with LED versions works great.
beergood83 5 gün önce
This is depressing to know.
Saishwaar 5 gün önce
André Wicki
André Wicki 5 gün önce
very important topic ty
Krope 5 gün önce
What!? QI is on Netflix!? I never wanted VPN, but for this...
Andrew Tamkvaitis
Andrew Tamkvaitis 5 gün önce
Had an apple ad at the end of this 😂
varun ghildiyal
varun ghildiyal 6 gün önce
not veritasium using taylor swift song as a title😂😂
True Depth Aquaponics
True Depth Aquaponics 6 gün önce
All I have to say is that the modern LED is not good enough and we shouldn't settle. If there is a way to make something last at least as long as we do, then why the hell not do that? Buy it once, and it'll be in style at least 3 times before your dead.
barry mcdougal
barry mcdougal 6 gün önce
ew Cash
ew Cash 6 gün önce
*This would help us if any of this obsolescent stuff was made in our country or fed its economy.*
Patz Chan
Patz Chan 6 gün önce
Anybody also started looking at your led lights emotionally after this?
Bliss Garcia
Bliss Garcia 6 gün önce
Bro can you please stop changing titles and thumbnails making me think you uploaded a video I somehow missed..........
Annodaj Battista
Annodaj Battista 6 gün önce
“This is why the other countries are beating us!!” pssshhh “hold my tea”….
Happydays 6 gün önce
This is why they tried to outlaw 3D printers.
Joshua Patrick
Joshua Patrick 6 gün önce
Our entire economy is based on recurring consumption. You start making things to last for even a few years and all of a sudden the entire Economy is imploding.
Das Donut
Das Donut 6 gün önce
Mmmm capitalism
Donnie 6 gün önce
this is the result of an american led world
The Occasional Moonlight
The Occasional Moonlight 6 gün önce
Planned obsolescence is pretty rampant, especially when it comes to technology.
CaptainSkelebones 6 gün önce
turn it off you are wasting electricity
Simion 6 gün önce
Or maybe the manufacturers haven't figured out yet how to reduce the life cycle of the LED lights yet. Buy now as many lights as you can - a few years from now - you'll be selling them as "pre-2021 product, last 5 times longer than current LEDs" funny but not really 😁🙂😐🙄😢
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