in my old house (built 1960, significantly transformed 1980, minor transformations 2010), there is a three gang of simple two way switches in the section that has been created in 1980 and transformed in 2010. My ownership postdates both of these...
I am automating and refreshing. The old switch is almond and ugly; I am going white, and where appropriate smart switch.
One of the switches controls the (only) ceiling light fixture [edited]. I have replaced it with a smart dimmer. All good.
The issue is with the other two switches. I can't figure what they control, if anything at all. There's only receptacle outlets in the room, and none is controlled by either of the switches. The receptacles' tabs are not broken, so I checked whether someone might have forgotten to break them, but that's not the case, the other wires in the receptacles are for daisy chaining these receptacles. I also checked that they are not controlling anything in the adjacent rooms. I can't find what they are for.
I don't want to leave them as they are due to the ugly, dirty almond color. My options appear to be:
- replace with white switches (that control nothing)
- remove them, put wire nuts on the wires, and use a big old ugly blind/blind/open three gang plate
- install receptacle outlets instead (and cap the load wires with wire nuts)
Does that make sense? Must I identify/trace the load wires' paths to remove fully or cap them in a junction box, or is it ok to just cap them locally? Would there be any concern in using option 3 here? Any other option I am missing?