I have a DewStop FS-300-W1 humidity sensor that replaces a light switch that has a red, black, white and green wires. I want to replace the left most switch (that currently controls the fan) with the humidity sensor, in the 3-gang box in the photos. The fan it above the shower a few feet away, and the 3 gang box is on the wall near the door entrance.

In the photos, the switch on the left currently controls our fan. Its connected by two black wires as shown. Any ideas on if I can wire this properly? I tried a few combinations but couldn't get it to work. There is a series white wires tucked away in the back that I did not test. 1



DewStop FS-300-W1

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  • Can you post the make and model of the humidity sensor please? – ThreePhaseEel Apr 30 '20 at 23:18
  • Understood and thank you very much. just edited the post with all the new information. The model is a DewStop FS-300-W1 – Deeba Yavrom Apr 30 '20 at 23:20
  • Manual link, if that helps folks – ThreePhaseEel May 1 '20 at 2:22

Those white wires are critically important

What you have there is a classical power-to-the-switch-box setup, with a power feed going in, some switches, and both switched-hot and always-hot feeds going off to other places. As a result, that bundle of white wires in back is your neutral bundle, and is thus critically important to you since your humidity sensor needs neutral so it can power its own innards without trickling power through the load.

Wiring this will require a couple of wirenuts, by the way. With the breaker off:

  1. Unmount the old switches but do not unwire anything yet
  2. Remove the bottom wire from the switch you are replacing; this will be your always-hot feed
  3. Cut the wire in two and strip both cut ends back a bit further
  4. Wirenut both those wires to the black pigtail coming out of the new humidity-switch
  5. Remove the top wire from the switch you are replacing; this is your switched-hot for the fan
  6. Wirenut that wire to the red pigtail coming out of the new humidity-switch
  7. Fish the bundle of white wires out of the back of the box and nut the white neutral pigtail from the switch into it -- it's important that all of the white wires get nutted together here, as they are the return path for power to get back to its source!
  8. Fish the bundle of bare wires out of the back of the box and nut the green grounding pigtail from the switch into that bundle. Once again, it's important that all the grounding wires get nutted together here
  9. Carefully stuff the bundles of white and bare wires back into the back of the box
  10. Mount the new switch in the location vacated by the old
  11. Mount the remaining switches back into their existing locations
  12. Button the box back up, turn the breaker back on, and enjoy your new humidity sensor
  • worked perfectly. the step-by-step instructions were especially helpful. thank you so much! – Deeba Yavrom May 2 '20 at 18:40

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