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How many neutral watts are required for most smart switches? I'm unable to get any juice from unit even though there is a neutral wire. I.e. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0035YRCR2/ref=pd_aw_lpo_60_bs_img_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=D0MQ8RV3FMBAGS4GNRE1

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  • Is the wire neutral, or merely white? – Harper - Reinstate Monica May 13 '17 at 23:54
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    What is your picture intended to show us? I don't see any neutrals connected - they're all nutted together at the back of the box. – brhans May 13 '17 at 23:54
  • Well if they're all nutted together they are assuredly neutrals. We don't measure current flow to wires in watts, but any smart switch will be at less than 1 watt, which will amount to a few milliamps of flow, a trivial amount. – Harper - Reinstate Monica May 13 '17 at 23:56
  • @Harper ... Good point, line has a reading on a multimeter, so I assumed it was neutral, and three other outlets in home have a white cord that power a similar GE switch. Guess my next query is how to determine a neutral line. – user289394 May 14 '17 at 0:03
  • Well to start a neutral should never have wattage so to speak. It should read 0 to ground and normal voltage to any hot wire. – Retired Master Electrician May 14 '17 at 13:34
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There was should have been a little Grey wire that came with your switch.

The NEUTRALS that are tucked away in the back of that receptacle need to have that grey wire attached - so undo the wire nut that has the whites all together and add the grey wire - place the wire nut back on.

Connect the Grey wire to the neutral connection on your new switch. That connection is probably located in the Lower Right corner across from the Line connection and has the writing Neutral on it - there is a brass screw on the side but also there are two holes on the back side to insert two wires.

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