I have installed dimmers in a single box and a gang box with 2 switches but never a box with 3 switches. And there's some confusion, so hopefully someone can help. I am installing a new smart dimmer switch as shown in my photo. I am replacing the middle switch. The new dimmer requires neutral, and those are all tied together in the back of the box.
- I plan to connect the neutral from the new switch to the neutrals in the back of the box.
- The switch being replaced has two hot lines connected to it as you can see in my photo. Since I only need one hot wire to the new switch, what should I do with the 2nd hot wire that I remove from the switch I am replacing?
- My problem is with the red load wire on the new switch. Do I remove the load wire from the leftmost switch and connect it to load on the new switch? Or do I have to actually connect a separate load line to my new switch red/load wire?
Just a note: The rightmost switch is a 3-way and is independent of this install and is not connected in any way to the lights which will be connected to the dimmer.
Any help would be appreciated. I'd rather ask before trying this. Clearly, I am not an electrician! If I were, then you definitely wouldn't want to hire me!! :).
NOTE: Had an error in first photo. The one showing is now correct.