# What Is Purpose Of Neutral Wire?

## Can a light work without neutral?

Yes, there are a few… (read very, very, very few) switches that don’t require a neutral, but those will limit you to incandescent only.

For those of us using LED, Fluorescent or some other energy efficient bulbs under 20w a neutral is REQUIRED.

This is a diagram of a switch with the neutral run directly to the light..

## Why is there no neutral in 3 phase?

A neutral wire allows the three phase system to use a higher voltage while still supporting lower voltage single phase appliances. In high voltage distribution situations it is common not to have a neutral wire as the loads can simply be connected between phases (phase-phase connection).

## Can you connect a neutral wire to a hot wire?

There is never a direct connection between the hot and the neutral wires. When you remove the load, with a switch that breaks the connection, or when you remove it entirely, power does not flow.

## What is the current in the neutral wire?

The neutral wire in a circuit carries the same current as the hot wire. Current goes out to the load and must return. That’s why the neutral wire must be the same size.

## What happens if phase and neutral are shorted?

In mains circuits, short circuits may occur between two phases, between a phase and neutral or between a phase and earth (ground). Such short circuits are likely to result in a very high current and therefore quickly trigger an overcurrent protection device.

## Is neutral wire necessary?

Common mode noise is the noise between the power carrying wires and the ground wire. The presence of a neutral wire is not required (many computers do not have a neutral wire connection).

## Does the neutral wire carry current?

To sum up, a live wire carries the full load current, while a neutral wire carries some current, only when the loads are not balanced. The voltage on live and neutral varies depending on country and even within a country on the location.

## What is the purpose of neutral wire in three phase?

In single-phase, loads the neutral wire provides the return path for the current, and in balanced 3 phase loads, because they satisfy the above criteria, the currents enter and return through lines creating 0A of out of balance current. So, there is no need for a neutral wire.

## Can I use ground as neutral?

No, the neutral and ground should never be wired together. This is wrong, and potentially dangerous. When you plug in something in the outlet, the neutral will be live, as it closes the circuit. If the ground is wired to the neutral, the ground of the applicance will also be live.

## What happens if the neutral wire is not connected?

When the neutral wire breakage and phase-to-ground short circuit occur simultaneously, the displacement of the neutral point will be greater. After the neutral wire is broken, the shell leaks electricity, which will cause electric shock.

## How much does it cost to pull a neutral wire?

Pre-Reno: Electrical fees to pull the neutral wire (without hacking) range between \$100 to \$160. Let’s take the fees to add the blue wire to be \$120. The cost of a 2G touch panel smart switch is \$99. The total amount to smarten your living room is only \$220.

## Can two circuits share a neutral?

It is NOT permitted to share a neutral in any other situation. If you were to share a neutral with two breakers on the same leg of a panel, both circuits could draw the breaker limit (lets say 15A) making the shared neutral as much as 30A return current!

## What is phase or neutral?

Neutral is the return path for an AC circuit that carries current in normal condition. This current could be primarily because of the phase current imbalance. The magnitude of this current is a fraction of phase current or in a few cases even double of the phase currents.

## Where do you connect the neutral wire?

Neutral wires are usually connected at a neutral bus within panelboards or switchboards, and are “bonded” to earth ground at either the electrical service entrance, or at transformers within the system.

## Can you get a shock from the neutral wire?

So even the current returns through neutral (only from a connected load that completes the current flow circuit) you touching the neutral with a 0V cant get you a shock. But its not safe to touch neutral wire! … Some voltage between earth and neutral(at a high potential) can give you a shock.

## Why is there no voltage on a neutral wire?

The difference in voltage between neutral and ground should be due only to the voltage drop in the neutral due to the current flowing in it — ideally there will be no current flowing in the ground wire and so no voltage drop in the ground wire unless a fault exists in the electrical system.

## Can I use a smart switch without a neutral wire?

Yes, you can install a smart switch without a neutral wire. There are some smart light switches and dimmers that do not require a neutral wire. These are great for DIY installers looking for an effective smart lighting solution. For example, Lutron Caseta devices do not use a neutral wire.

## What happens if neutral touches ground?

The neutral is always referenced to ground at one, and ONLY one, point. If you touch the neutral to ground anywhere else, you will create the aforementioned ground loop because the grounding system and the nuetral conductor are now wired in parallel, so they now carry equal magnitudes of current.