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Ok smart guys! When electricity comes to your light bulb, does it travels down the hot wire through the bulb then back through the neutral? And then does it reverse because its ac?

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Yes, those electrons are attracted to their source and are always going there, time after time. Because they're going to their source they do not want to flow on the equipment grounding conductors. That's how I understand it anyhow.
 

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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????
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.
 

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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.
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?
 

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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.
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.
 
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