An electrical novice, here, with some basic understanding.
I’m installing several smart switches around the house, where most locations require a 3-pole switch. I’ve had no trouble installing at these locations.
There’s one single-pole switch for an outside flood light I’d like to install a smart switch for, but I’m super confused.
As I understand, a standard single-pole switch in the “middle” of the house will have three wire bundles that intersect:
- Upstream power bundle (hot, neutral, ground)
- Downstream power bundle to carry electricity to the remainder of the house.
- A bundle that branches off the upstream power to carry electricity to the light itself.
- How is this switch able to power the light? I’d expect there to be two wire bundles (upstream power bundle and a bundle going to the light), but there is definitely only one. What am I missing?
- Ultimately, I want to connect this 3-pole smart switch that requires a neutral wire, but it doesn’t seem to be working. The switch itself powers on (blinking light), but the outside light will not turn on. How should I connect the wires if there’s only one wire bundle? See diagram from manufacturer for instructions.
Really appreciate your help!