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Based on the first diagram below (which is the current wiring for my wall switch), is the way I have the second diagram set up correct? My biggest point of confusion is the line/load wires. Judging by the fact that there are two loads (presumably TR and BR), I am assuming that TL is the line. Would this be the correct way to install my new switch?

I am assuming based on the current wiring that the exposed copper wires are ground (green in the diagram), the white wires are neutral (yellow), and the black wires are line/load (red).

Does this work? Is it safe? Should I abort? :P

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  • This likely belongs on the DIY SE. Why are you connecting the neutral to the new switch? – Samuel Jan 22 '15 at 0:17
  • I've flagged the question for migration to DIY. – The Photon Jan 22 '15 at 0:19
  • Sorry, thought this was the right place. @Samuel The new switch has a neutral wire, so it should be connected to the other neutral wires, no? – oldwren Jan 22 '15 at 0:32
  • @oldwren I just don't see the point when all three are shorted together. You should probably let us know what switch you're installing. – Samuel Jan 22 '15 at 0:35
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    Where did the labels (TL, TR, BR) come from, and do they mean something? Without knowing where the wires go (and which is incoming power) it's impossible to answer. If there are two lights and BR and TR both go to each light, then yes, your drawing is correct. If TL is the light, BR is a receptacle (constant power) and BR is the incoming power, then your switch is backwards (and same goes if BR is a receptacle and TR is incoming power). – gregmac Jan 22 '15 at 3:01
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Based on the information you've provided; and without knowing what TL, TR, and BR stand for, I'd say your proposed wiring looks correct. However, this is assuming that TL is the feed, and that TR and BR are devices you want to turn on/off.

  • Sorry, TL = top left, TR = top right, BR = bottom right. Just the location in the box for my reference. Based on the fact that both TR and BR seem to be connected with the black wire, it appears to me that they are the devices and that TL is the power. Thanks! – oldwren Jan 23 '15 at 0:06
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When revising AC house wiring, never "assume" anything. Other then the old cliche, making the wrong assumption on house wiring could seriously harm yourself, others, and your house.

First - Read the full instructions/user guide for the product, (hopefully you have, though you haven't indicated this). If needed here it is from the wink web site (PDF).

Second - If you are at all in doubt, or feel you are not qualified for modifying house wiring, contact a professional electrician. If there is still some doubt, contact the manufacturer directly, here: 1-844-WINKAPP - or their web site

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