Neutral hot, black not


  #1  
Old 11-05-17, 08:04 AM
D
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 34
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Neutral hot, black not

Hello,

We are doing some work on our pantry and I ran across a little electrical issue. The two lights in our pantry were connected to the attached switch, which is one where if the door is open, the lights stay on. When the door closes, it pushes the button in and the lights turn off. This was connected to one 14-gauge wire. We took this switch out and want to put in a regular switch. When I hooked up the new switch, it turns out the neutral is hot and the black wire is not. I'm not sure what's causing that and if I should connect the neutral wire to the light switch where I would normally connect the black or is this a bigger issue I need to have an electrician look at? I figure it's probably never good to have the neutra hot but maybe it's OK in this case?

Thanks!
 
Attached Images  
  #2  
Old 11-05-17, 08:06 AM
P
Member
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: United States, Virginia
Posts: 1,850
Received 210 Votes on 178 Posts
It's a switch loop, so neutral(white) is not really neutral. The wire is hot coming into the switch and hot going out. Mark the white as black with a piece of tape.
 
  #3  
Old 11-05-17, 08:08 AM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Jersey
Posts: 70,027
Received 2,944 Votes on 2,657 Posts
The neutral is not hot. The white wire is hot. You are working with a two wire switch loop. Hot comes to the switch on white and returns to the light..... switched..... on black.

Name:  switchloop.jpg
Views: 232
Size:  13.3 KB
 
  #4  
Old 11-05-17, 08:09 AM
D
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 34
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Thanks. So I need to connect both the white and black wires to the switch and mark the white as being hot, correct?
 
  #5  
Old 11-05-17, 08:40 AM
pcboss's Avatar
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Maryland
Posts: 15,389
Received 148 Votes on 131 Posts
Correct. The white is the hot feeding the switch. The black is the switched hot.
 
  #6  
Old 11-05-17, 08:51 AM
D
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 34
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Thanks! You guys are the best!
 
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: