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#47107 - 01/09/05 09:57 AM 120 volt on switch
cka123 Offline
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Hi everyone.

I was replacing an old light switch with knob and tube wiring. After removing the switch I checked the voltage with my meter between the 2 switch wires and I get 120 volt reading yet when I connect them together they make the light work. Can anyone explain what's going on?

Thanks.

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#47108 - 01/09/05 10:20 AM Re: 120 volt on switch
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Sounds normal to me.

The meter is in series with the light bulb.

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#47109 - 01/09/05 10:41 AM Re: 120 volt on switch
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When you are touching the prods of your tester to the two conductors you are in essence completing the circuit. The circuit is a 120 volt circuit, so your tester will read 120 volts.

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#47110 - 01/09/05 10:50 AM Re: 120 volt on switch
cka123 Offline
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Thanks guys. I guess if I removed the light bulb I would not get 120v reading on my meter.

Appreciate your response.

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