A REAL simple way to use a neon with no fault current issues - connect
one end of an ne2 to L1 or L2 and attach about 10 inches of insulated
wire on the other end - capacitive ground will light the neon.
I used to have an ne2 attached to the end of my CB antenna - and it
lit every time I keyed the mic.
? Pull the meter and install with everything safely unpowered. If you
are very experienced, turn off the main breaker so no load, put on your
insulating gloves and face shield and carefully loosen the main input
lug, slip in the indicator wire and retighten.
Get a contactor and wire the contacts in series with the line that comes
off of your generator, and the coil in parallel to the mains; when your
power shuts off you will know that the mains are back online.
Indeed, and if the OP had that kind of setup, with certain selected
circuits being run from a generator sub-panel, it would be trivial to
put a pair of lights on the load side of a two pole breaker in the main
panel. My understanding of what the OP had was only one panel, with a
main breaker that was connected to the service, and a separate breaker
"backfeeding" the panel from the generator, with an interlock device so
that only one of the two (main breaker and generator breaker) could be
in the "on" position at any time. Thus if the generator is in use, the
main breaker is turned off and therefore the only way to check for
voltage on the service is at the service itself, hence this whole
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