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Old 05-13-2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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50 volts, + or -, from neutral to ground?

Is it normal to get a voltage on a single pole light switch from neutral to the ground?


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Probable causes:

1. Phantom voltage, not unusual to see this using a digi6tal meter. Does it drop to zero if you connect a small incandescent light acrosst he two places you touched the meter probes to?

2. A loose connection somewhere in the neutral path or tin the ground path back to the panel.

Again, what two places are you touching the meter probes to?


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Is it normal to get a voltage on a single pole light switch from neutral to the ground?
You should not have a neutral connected to a switch.
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With Electricity there is the right way to do it and the dead way. Just because it works does not make it safe.
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Switch loop with a dimmer or a open neutral.
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It is sometimes normal to get voltage from the white wire to the ground at a switch. Whites at switches are not always neutral.


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