I am replacing a fluorescent light with a fan and incandescent light. The old fixture had a red (hot) and white (neutral) wire coming into it. The wall switches work to put 120 V across those wires when on. So far so good. When off, there's 20-30 V across those 2 wires. ??? I don't think I want that across the new fixture. I want it on or off and then to control the fan speed with the pull cord. What to do? Is this even normal? The old fluorescent had rapid start ballasts. Are they supposed to have some voltage on them at all times?
thank u chad. I'm bill
yeah, I go the potential with a voltmeter
so it's nothing to be concerned about?
i will ground the new fixture
hold on. in the switch, i don't know
there's ground in the junction box for the fan
i see a ground wire in one of the switch boxes
i see a ground wire in the other switch box too
2 wall switches - either one toggled the fluorescent on/off
switch off - ground to black: 120V, ground to red: 37V
switch on: ground to either black or red is 120V
a volt or two - OK, that could be noise. Is 37 Volts "a little voltage". this is just too weird
Cool. I need to read up on this. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Thank you.
I am a Master Electrician with 12 year experiance in industrial,residential,and commercial electrical work.