Hi, I have a 4-way switched light in my entryway. I am hoping to install a 3 way smart switch for this light and cap off one of the switches.
Referencing the attached picture, I am hoping to replace the 4-way switch (middle) with one smart switch. In the setup, I am unsure with switch goes to the light, but would like to replace one of the 3-switches with the other smart switch, and not use the 3rd switch.
first, do I need to figure out which switch goes directly to the light to even try this?
second, in the setup below, am I able to replace the middle 4 way switch with a 3-way switch, and if so, I am unsure what to the wires, as all the screws are the same color and I don't which are load and which are traveler.
third, for the switch that I no longer want to use, do I have to remove the switch and cap off the wires (if so how do I cap off)?
It seems like if I wanted to replace the the switch on the left and the switch on the right, it would be easier, and then I would just join like colored wires in the middle switch to cap off, but location wise, it makes most sense to change the middle switch.
Thanks for the help!