# Question: Does A Timer Switch Need A Neutral?

## 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..

## How do I connect my smart switch without neutral?

If you want to use smart switches and don’t have a neutral wire in your switch box, you can hire an electrician to run a neutral wire between the light fixture and the switch. You can also have an electrician rewire the switch and light fixture, which is potentially more expensive.

## Why would a neutral wire be hot?

If the neutral is disconnected anywhere between the light bulb and the panel, then the neutral from the light to the point of the break in the neutral will become hot (and the device will be unpowered, because no current will be flowing through it). … It might be best to temporarily unscrew any such bulbs.

## Do all 3 way switches have a neutral wire?

A 3-wire NM connects the traveler terminals of the first and second 3-way switch together. Traveler wires are interchangeable on each switch. The common terminal of the second 3-way switch connects to the light fixture(s). The white neutral wires are connected together in each switch box.

## Do switches need a neutral?

The most common requirement of any hardwired automated light switch is a neutral wire. 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. … This is a diagram of a switch with the neutral run directly to the light.

## Where does the neutral wire go?

Neutral is a circuit conductor that normally completes the circuit back to the source. Neutral is usually connected to ground (earth) at the main electrical panel, street drop, or meter, and also at the final step-down transformer of the supply.

## How do I know if I have neutral wire?

The only way to be absolutely sure that you have found a neutral wire is to check the voltage (110V/120V) between the white wire and the “hot” (usually black in color) wire in the box. In a standard switch/dimmer, the “hot” is using one of the two wires connected to the switch.

## Does it matter which wire goes where on a single pole switch?

If it’s a single pole switch with two terminals, the answer is no. One wire is the power to the switch and the other wire goes to the light. … The black wire (hot) is switched so both black wires are connected to the switch. The switch may have gold and silver colored screws.

## Will a smart switch work without a neutral?

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.

## Does a single pole switch need a neutral?

Question; A single pole switch does not need a neutral, so why would you want a neutral in the switch box? Answer; Because changes or additions might require a neutral. Since there is no neutral in the switch box you cannot; – Install a digital timer – Install a motion sensing switch.

## What happens if I don’t have a neutral wire?

The neutral wire allows the completion of the circuit and the switch to have power even when it’s turned to the off position when you want the lights off. Without this neutral wire in place, the circuit is broken any time the switch is now in the off position. It remains has power when the switch is in the On Mode.

## What do you do with a neutral wire in a light switch?

The neutral wire provides power to the light switch, even when the lights are off. (A neutral wire does not control the lights.) The neutral wire may or may not have been connected to your previous switch. Neutral wires are typically white and may be found bundled inside the back of the switch box.

## What happens if earth and neutral wires touch?

If the earth is connected to the neutral (say at a plug) then part of the return current will be diverted via the earth and the RCD will trip that circuit. The RCD cannot be reset until the connection is removed. If the plug is wrongly wired with earth and neutral swapped the RCD will also trip.

## 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 you switch line and load wires?

Here’s what happens when somebody wires a GFCI receptacle with the load and line wires reversed: The GFCI will work, in the sense that you can plug in a hair dryer and the hair dryer will blow hot air. … If the load and line wiring gets messed up, a ground fault (radio in the tub) won’t trip the GFCI.