Connecting the dimmer switch to the nuetral line?

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by Erico, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. Erico

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  2. Speedy Petey

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    Well, for one it is a serious code violation and has been for MANY years.

    Having the hot side hot all the time is only half the issue. With the neutral switched the neutral is also hot as it is being backfed through the load to the switch. So anyone working on the circuit (like him I bet) without shutting it off completely could be in for a (possibly deadly) surprise.

    If he is this insistent on doing something so stupid and wrong I would be suspect what other violations he is adamant about creating. :rolleyes:
     
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  4. Thatguy

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    As to functioning it should make no difference. The dimmer, source and load won't "know" it.
     
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    If you have a black and a white wire (only) coming into the box the switch was mounted in you have a switch leg coming in. The white wire should have been identified as such and marked accordingly.
     
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    Killa, from the sound of the OP it seems this old guy really is switching the neutrals.
     
  7. Erico

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    yes

    You are correct
     
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