I am a newbie with anything electrical so please forgive my ignorance. All of a sudden, my front porch light fixture stopped working. Changing the light bulb didn’t work so I’m trying to figure out if it’s the fixture, the switch or the wiring. I tried installing a new fixture but got a pop and flash and it didn’t work (it’s possible I connected it wrong since I was having trouble getting the wires connected with the wire nuts). So I just put the old fixture back in for now (nothing looks corroded on the fixture).
The box that contains the switch for the exterior light also contains a 3 way switch for my foyer light. The only thing i noticed on the switch is that the ground wasn’t connected- is that an issue? I just replaced the switch (hot, neutral and ground) and bought a multimeter. When I test between the hot and the ground on the new switch, I’m getting 120V. When I test between what I believe to be the neutral and the ground when switch is off I get 0...when switch is on, it reads 120V. When I test between the neutral and the hot, I’m always seeing 0V. I thought this was odd- isn’t there supposed to be voltage when touching the probes to the neutral and hot? Can someone clarify this for me? Thanks in advance. Should I turn off the breaker, pull off the fixture outside and flip the breaker back on and test the wires outside to see if it’s making it outside?