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50 Volts #48305
02/08/05 11:58 PM
02/08/05 11:58 PM
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HoseB611  Offline OP
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Why is it when you have a switched outlet (the top is switched and the bottom is always hot), you turn off the switch that there is still 50 volts reading on the switch leg? When you ground the switch leg the voltage goes away? Electrical phenomenon?

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Re: 50 Volts #48306
02/09/05 01:18 AM
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gfretwell  Online Content

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That is just a problem with these new high impedance meters. Withno load on the line you will see antenna effect.


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Re: 50 Volts #48307
02/09/05 04:49 AM
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iwire  Offline
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NEMA calls this 'phantom voltage' and it is real voltage with almost no current.

The wire that you are getting 50 volts on is picking this up simple by running next to other live wires.

You meter draws so little current it can measure this phantom voltage.

Try the same thing with an older analog meter.

Or use a set of Wiggys and a digital at the same time and you will see 0 volts on the digital.


Bob Badger
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Re: 50 Volts #48308
02/09/05 05:55 AM
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marcspages  Offline
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A (near) full description of this can be found here .

M.


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