# How much voltage should a ground wire have?

You must measure either neutral-ground or hot-ground. If the voltage between neutral and ground is around 120 volts and the voltage between hot and ground is a few volts or less, hot and neutral have been inverted. There should be some neutral-ground voltage under load situations; 2 V or somewhat less is very usual. Check all wiring at home installations to make sure it's done properly.

The voltage on any conductor should never be allowed to reach 12 V or more (or 6 V or less). If it does so, there will be damage to the metal inside your house - probably only flooring boards will be replaced instead of the whole floor - and possibly also to the personal property of those living in the house. This might not be obvious if someone else is going over their wiring with you, but they should not be doing so if it's live power.

The best way to ensure this doesn't happen is to use protective devices where necessary. For example, if there are houses nearby that don't have ground wires, then it's best to use protective devices because there will never be a time when both sets of wires are safe to work with. Otherwise, you could end up with someone working on one set of wires while you're still using another.

There are three types of protective devices: circuit breakers, transformer-type relays, and silicon-controlled switches.

## How much voltage is on the neutral?

The load voltage is defined as hot-neutral. The voltage should be around 120 volts (typically 115 V to 125 V). You measured 118.5 volts perfectly. A neutral ground is a voltage drop (also known as an IR drop) created by load current passing through the white wire's impedance. The more load there is on a circuit, the more this impedance will rise and thus the less voltage will reach it. In your case, the load is lighting up several hundred lamps so its impedance will be very high compared to an un-loaded circuit.

The voltage on a conductor does not depend on its length. However, the current flowing through it will cause resistance which will heat up the conductor and reduce its voltage. Neutral is always the longest conductor in the cable group, so it will always have the lowest voltage unless something else is wrong with the wiring system.

You should never work off of only two wires. If you're lucky, both wires will carry power all the time or one might carry power most of the time. Either way, you need at least three wires in any cable group to make a connection. If you're not lucky and one wire is always dead, you'll need a new cable installed by a professional who knows how to take care of these things.

## How many volts does a neutral wire have?

I checked the voltage across the circuit breaker that controls this wiring and found that it was 120 volts. However, about 2 volts are displayed on the meter at the circuitry for this on/switch from hot to neutral. However, I receive 120 volts from the hot to ground line. I examined other circuits in my house and found that 120 volts may be obtained from a hot wire to a neutral wire. What could be causing this?

The wiring configuration you show would give a maximum current of 3 amps through your light fixture. The wiring you show has been configured so that the black wire is the hot wire and the white wire is the neutral wire. This is known as a "two-wire" system (black and white). A three-wire system (red, black, and white) would allow four times as much current through your light fixture.

If the wiring configuration inside your house is similar to what you've shown, then there should be no problem with voltage on the neutral wire. It's normal for some voltage to be present on all wires inside a home, even if they are not being used as conductors. This voltage exists because of electrical stress caused by different people using their appliances without turning them off properly. If you were to connect one end of a voltmeter to a neutral wire, it would read about 120 volts because that's the average value of the voltage on all the wires in your house.

In order for your light bulb to work, it needs about 12 volts to turn on.

## Does the neutral carry voltage?

Because both conductors have zero voltage, neutral and ground wires are frequently mistaken outside of the electrical trade. Actually, most gadgets will work properly if you connect the grounding wire as a neutral by mistake. However, doing so could be dangerous if they're not treated as separate circuits.

The best way to avoid this problem is to make sure that you connect the grounding conductor when wiring up new projects. This should be done at each end of a circuit unless otherwise specified. If you fail to do so, then you might get some strange effects later on.

The voltage on neutrals is usually around 0 volts but it can also be positive or negative depending on how you've wired your house. If you're not sure what type of wiring you have inside your home, ask your electrician before you start any remodeling projects. He or she can tell you what type of cable needs to be used in each area and where the proper terminals are needed for neutrals.

Overall, neutrals provide a safe path for current to flow in case of an outage or fault on the circuit. Without neutrals, all you have is two conductors to keep track of, which makes things complicated if there are multiple outlets or devices plugged into the same circuit.

## What causes a ground wire to have voltage?

Assume you measure 1.5 V. You notice that hot-ground is more powerful than hot-neutral. In reality, the total of the hot-neutral and neutral-ground voltages is equal to hot-ground. Therefore, 1.5 V is present on all three wires: white, black, and ground.

The reason why we need neutral is because many old wiring systems used only two wires to supply power, so they needed a way for circuits to know which conductor was "hot" and which was "neutral". The solution was simple: attach one terminal of a resistor to the hot conductor and the other terminal to the neutral conductor. Now if you ask which side of the resistor has voltage, you can tell which conductor is which. This method is still used today in some applications where using three conductors is inconvenient or not possible (such as when there are no space to add another conductor).

But what happens when something connects to both the hot and the neutral? Well, since there's no way to distinguish between them, they'll see exactly the same voltage! This is called "double-loading" of the circuit, and it's bad because it increases the risk of overloading or burning down whatever devices are connected to it. Double-loaded circuits also use more electricity.

##### Dorothy Coleman

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