How does a neutral wire work?

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Neutral wires are actually ground wires. They enable the circuit to be completed.

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A neutral wire completes the circuit by providing a return path for the current back to the electrical source. It carries the current back from the load to the electrical panel in a balanced electrical system. The neutral wire is typically grounded to prevent electrical shock and is colored white in the United States.

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Appliances are supplied with current through two conducting wires called the live and the neutral. Most appliances also have an earth wire.

The neutral wire is the one which is connected to earth at the nearest transformer supplying the property, so the voltage between neutral and earth normally does not exceed a few volts, which is due to the supply current flowing through the resistance of the neutral wire.

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The neutral circuit conductor is used to connect the circuit load back to the common point in the distribution panel. In most cases the neutral in the distribution panel is common to other circuits. In the distribution panel the neutral is connected to the system ground through a plate or ground rod. This grounding is to try and get the whole electrical system, utility and service distribution, to the lowest common potential of zero ohms. Zero ohms is theoretical as different properties of earths soil conditions vary. In North America a value of 5 ohms or less is acceptable.

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