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Florescent lights #183020
12/22/08 01:06 AM
12/22/08 01:06 AM
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schenimann  Offline OP
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We put up 158 florescent lights in commercial job. They all work from two switches through contactors. I was in a j box hooking up a emergency light with the breakers off for the emergency circuit. Realized that I had 120v from neutral to ground. I traced it to a row of lights.

I have a row of about 13 8ft t8 fixtures. I have a whip that comes into the middle. When I tie the hot in going either direction, I get 120v from neutral to ground. The Lights work. I know this should not be on the neutral or can this happen with fl lights. I've never had it before but I don't know that much about the internal working of ballasts.

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Re: Florescent lights [Re: schenimann] #183026
12/22/08 03:43 PM
12/22/08 03:43 PM
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LarryC  Offline
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Winchester, NH, US
Sounds like a missing N-G bond at the source. Do these lights come off of new transformer? If so, I suspect a missing bond.

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Re: Florescent lights [Re: LarryC] #183027
12/22/08 03:56 PM
12/22/08 03:56 PM
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macmikeman  Offline
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Honolulu, Hawaii
I bet the neutral is not continous to the neutral busbar. Start checking at the branch source first and then out to the lights. Open circuit someplace.


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