Bizarre household electic

Hi Steve!
S > I went by my mother's house for dinner and she asked me to check out a S > florescent closet light that wasn't working. She already installed a new S > bulb and that didn't solve the problem.
Don't-cha hate it when you have to work for your meals?! <g>
S > I removed the cover at the fixture and connected my VOM and found 120v. S > When I shut off the light switch, I had 2 volts.
Normal -- as another responder indicated, this is due to the stray capacitances -- digital read-out, right?
As far as the fixture not working, probably cheaper to buy a new one than replacing parts. First, be sure the bulb was installed correctly. If it's the two-prongs at each end type quite possible to insert the prongs into the holders incorrectly, especially in a dark closet. The switch probably has a momentary contact -- push to start, release; push other end to turn off. Again probably cheaper to buy a whole new fixture (which usually includes a bulb) than get the replacement part.
S > Mom's house is 20 years old and has two electrical panels (and 4 S > heating/cooling zones, but that's an entirely different story). One panel S > is in the first floor laundry room, and the other panel is in the basement.
Would guess the panel in the laundry room is a sub-panel.
S > Every circuit on the basement panel I tested had somewhere between .5v and S > 5v with the breaker off. The main panel circuits had 0v.
Antenna affect again. Normal with your type of measuring device.
S > I'm no expert on household electricals. I'm really curious where this S > volt or two could be coming from. I'm not sure if it's normal either - I
Don't feel too bad: we all had to learn! :)
- » barry.martin■AT■ «
* Too Much Coffee: you stand still only during an earthquake.
■ RoseReader 2.52ß P003186
■ The Safe BBS ■ Bettendorf, IA 563-359-1971
  Click to see the full signature.

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
Add image file
Upload is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.