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Old 01-21-2018, 01:19 PM   #1
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So I need a little help guys. I used to work as an apprentice electricician, mainly commercial, so I know quite a bit but still need help cause this is driving me crazy.

I wired and installed 6 Dimmable LED lights in recessed cans with a dimmable LED switch (120v). When I turned them on you can barely tell they’re lit. . When I measured hot to ground and I get 118v. Neutral to ground I get 50v. But when I measure hot to neutral I get 55v. I can get the the lights to fully work if I tie the neutral to the ground on the switch.... I don’t feel comfortable wiring it this way as I don’t want the house to burn down. Any thoughts or ideas? Is this considered an “open neutral”?
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Old 01-21-2018, 02:04 PM   #2
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So I need a little help guys. I used to work as an apprentice electricician, mainly commercial, so I know quite a bit but still need help cause this is driving me crazy.

I wired and installed 6 Dimmable LED lights in recessed cans with a dimmable LED switch (120v). When I turned them on you can barely tell they’re lit. . When I measured hot to ground and I get 118v. Neutral to ground I get 50v. But when I measure hot to neutral I get 55v. I can get the the lights to fully work if I tie the neutral to the ground on the switch.... I don’t feel comfortable wiring it this way as I don’t want the house to burn down. Any thoughts or ideas? Is this considered an “open neutral”?

You forgot how to spell electrician. You been away for much too long for us to help you out here.
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Lmao “forgetting how to spell” is different from a simple typo.... Douche. Trying to type my post into this thread on my phone while talking to two people at the same time. Simple mistake. Thanks for the great input tho
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Lmao “forgetting how to spell” is different from a simple typo.... Douche. Trying to type my post into this thread on my phone while talking to two people at the same time. Simple mistake. Thanks for the great input tho
Don't be an asshole and go hire a real electrician. Do you hate your family so much that you want them to die?
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Don't be an asshole and go hire a real electrician. Do you hate your family so much that you want them to die?
And how is that being a asshole? You actually care that someone sleeps in that house? I would say that asshole here is the one trying to be an electrician. Public safety is what we trained for and should be the only ones permitted (“allowed” in homeowners language).
Just like Carbon monoxide and other invisible killer attributes, I am surprised that there isn’t a betrayer vetting system involved in the forum. It is a liability that is to come with the next generation.

Just because your twice removed dogs uncle did home renovations and only caused 9 fires does not make you qualified to even guess at electrical work, even if it was on YouTube.

Be smart and call a licences electrician. They are properly trained AND QUALIFIED, as well as insured. Yes they cost money, but YOUR family sleeps there- even if they aren’t important to you, it should matter that you kept your conscience clean and hired the proper professional.

So @sbrn33 you aren’t the asshole here, the forums proper vetting is.
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This is bootlegging the neutral, don't do it.

I would call in a electrician for this. Some things can't be diagnosed over the internet.
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somewhere along the line you have a poor connection on the neutral.
these faults can make you scratch your head and cuss at the moon quite a bit if you are not used to finding them.
in multiple lights it can be any place.
as an apprentice or former apprentice you should know this.
these guys say to get a licensed electrician to sort this out. and they are correct.
a faulty or intermittent open neutral is a fire waiting to happen.
and a bootleg ground is not safe at all.
don't start name calling because you don't hear what you want!

and to answer an unasked question yes I am a retired electrician and a fire investigator so i know what im talking about
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Those guys make a very good point here on safety and it will be the best to get a electrician to come out and help you on this one.


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