It's trying to get back to the transformer and it's way easier to take the neutral path back. Electricity is lazy.truelight said:O So, it comes from the trans on the hot, through the bulb, back to the trans via the neutral and then reverse? So why does it not go to ground, seeing how the neutral is bonded?
Because there's 0 potential when the conductor is grounded.And, if everything is reversing and the neutral is carrying current just like the hot did, why oh why is there no ground fault (like there would be if the hot became bonded)t? And there is no voltage read on the neutral????
But you can't make the hot wire (1 of the phase wires) a grounded conductor to make a 0 potential. Why can you do that to the neutral and not a phase conductor?Because there's 0 potential when the conductor is grounded.
Another word for a HOT conductor is an ungrounded conductor.
Understanding the language is important once you start getting into the NEC.
Yes, it's trying to get back to the source the fastest way possible. If it traveled through the dirt it would take to long, to much resistance. It doesn't want to get to the ground, but it will if the neutral or path back to the source is taken away since the neutral at the transformer is bonded to earth.truelight said:You're saying the electricity likes the trans better than the earth? Are you sure? I thought all electricity wanted was to get to the ground.