Questions tagged [smart-switch]

A smart switch includes electronic circuitry for remote control (beyond simple three-way switch wiring), smartphone or internet-based control, advanced timing capability or other features not found in traditional switches. Smart switches may require more (e.g., neutral) or fewer (e.g., signal 3-way with one wire instead of two) wires than traditional switches.

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Can Smart Switches work with Smart Bulbs?

I recently got my first Smart Bulb for a living room lamp & I love it: My Google Assistant can see it I can turn it on & off using Google Assistant voice commands I can change the lighting ...
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Odd wiring setup in light switch

Hoping for some help after trying to get this setup to work. I’ve purchased a smart switch that requires two load wires, one neutral wire, and one ground wire. When I took out my existing light ...
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Adding 'Smart' Capabilities to an outdoor Wisebox 4 Channel Receiver

I have a 4ch 10a Wisebox, which I use to control a bunch garden lights. The wisebox came with a wall switch and keyfob, which have a carrier frequency of 868.3 MHz. Now I'd love to be able to control ...
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Changing a 3 gang Australian light switch to a Smart switch

I am wanting to change the older style Australian 3 gang light switch with a new ‘Smart’ wifi 3 gang switch. I just need some help in getting the wiring in the right place. I have included pictures ...
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Smart switch using 2 wire romex

I have romex running from the breaker to junction box1 then junction box2. From junction box2 there is a switch and a light fixture. All of the romex is 2 wire (ground, black, white). I want to ...
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Could it be that smart light fixtures are the future and not smart switches? At least for retrofits?

In my house built around ~1970 all ceiling lamps are wired in a way where 120VAC power first enters light fixture and then hot wire proceeds through switch and return back to fixture as load wire. If ...
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Installing a new smart switch into box, wanting to double check plan (primarily with regards to ground wires)

I'm looking to install a new smart switch into a 3 gang box. The current box has 3 toggle switches, each of which is without connection to a ground wire. The box itself has 5 sets of wires coming into ...
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Connecting smart switch, identifying neutal wire

Im looking to switch out an old rocker switch to a smart switch, but the wiring appears to be unconventional. Two black wires attached to the same screw, and a white wire, which I am trying to ...
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Replace Tork 1101 timer with smart switch

I have a Tork 1101 mechanical timer that controls exterior house lights. I want to replace this with a smart timer/switch of some kind so I can set a sunrise/sunset scheme and don't need to remember ...
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Trying to install 2 smart switches but neutral wires in box are not connected

I'm trying to install 2 smart wifi switches to replace 2 dumb switches in a box. 1 switch powers a dining room light. The other switch powers two kitchen lights that turn on/off together. As ...
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Replacing 3-way Dimmer with Smart Dimmer

I'm trying to replace a 3-way dimmer set-up (currently a Lutron MACL-153M) with a smart dimmer. I have C by GE Smart Dimmers. After a lot of tinkering yesterday, I was unable to get it to work. I've ...
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Uncapped wires in light switch box

I was trying to install a smart light switch, I don't have a neutral, so I can't do that. However, when I looked in the box, I noticed this other group of wires pushed to the back. They aren't capped ...
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Can a KNX smart house installation be reasonably maintained by an end user?

I am looking into transforming the light switches, curtains, and ACs in my house to a KNX based system. If I understand correctly, KNX is an open standard that allows anyone to configure their devices....
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Upgrade to Smart Switch for a Post Light?

Our old (circa 1970) house has a post light out front. The switch is in an inconvenient location and is thus never used, so I thought I'd drop in a smart switch - a Belkin Wemo, in this case - to ...
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Garage ceiling fan / light - changing switch

The house I bought has numerous light/fan switches with smart switches. The one in my garage started going crazy so I removed it and bought a regualr dual switch to replace it. The problem is, once I ...
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Hallway Smart Switch help

I’d like to change my hallway switches to Lutron Caseta Smart Dimmers but I’m not sure how to proceed. I’ll preface with I’ve done pretty basic electrical (swapping to GFCI outlets, changing junction ...
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What type of switch do I need to plug into a gosund outlet to open and close a garage door?

I have a Gosund switch that plugs into an outlet. I’d like to plug it into the outlet near my garage door opener and open and close the garage door. What type of switch can I plug into the gosund ...
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Confused by wiring in box

I am finishing exchanging more than 25 switches in my home with smart Lutron dimmers and Pico remotes (no neutral wiring needed). Some of them have been single pole, some 3-way (controlling both ...
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Extra Wire in Light Switch Box?

I'm attempting to replace two switches in my house with smart switches (specifically, this one for the lights and this one for the fan). Upon opening my switch box and loosening the old light switches,...
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Why do these LED light bulbs flicker when my remote control has turned them off?

I bought some LED lights for my candelabra in my master bedroom. They're E12 bulbs (I think, since they do fit). Incandescents worked fine before. When I put these LEDs in there, they flicker when ...
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Splicing or Extending 2.5mm2 Twin & Earth (UK)

I am trying to install a WiFi connected smart switch to control a ceiling light. The wall box is too shallow to accommodate this, so I need to install it inline. To do this, I need to move the circuit ...
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How to make switched Outlet control on Switched Outlet on opposite side of room

Are there any on the Shelf products that allow light switches on one side of the room to control unswitched receptacles on the other side of the room? I know that you could do this with smart switches,...
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How does the smart switch learns my wifi settings?

This question is not about how to do wiring or configuring a smart switch. This is basically to kill my curiosity on how that stuff works. So when you hook up a smart switch, you power it up by ...
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Gosund smart switch

Gosund smart switch times out during connection process. Godsend app shows connection to be 100% complete but then shows failure/timed out.
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What did I do wrong with this Legrand RRW600U wiring?

I just moved into a new house, and I'm trying to wire up TWO Legrand RRW600U 3-way occupancy switches to a light in the basement. I want motion at the top or bottom of the stairs to turn on the light....
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How do I wire three smart Wifi switches to toggle one another?

I have three Wifi switches that will be wired into the mains. Is it possible to have them act as a toggle for a set of lights? Ie, one switch turns on, they other two switches also turn on. Similarly, ...
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Replacing pool light switches with smart switches… is this correct?

I'm trying to replace the switches to my two pool lights with smart switches. The way it is wired now, the neutral wire bypasses both switches and goes directly to the lights. The smart switches ...
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Help with strange wiring in light switch box

Recently purchased a new home and went to swap out a broken single pole light switch with smart switch that requires neutral. A quick clance into the switch box and I thought it had what I needed. ...
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How to automate a window to open & closed by remote commands

I'm a software developer. I would like to be able to open and close my window automatically when there is a noise outside. So first I need a Wifi Microphone, that will stream the audio to my PC. Then ...
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Wifi light switch needs neutral wire. Why? AND Can that wire be a skinny one?

What does the neutral wire do on a light switch that responds to wifi? My suspicion is that when the switch is in the off position, the electronics in the switch need to still be powered, so the ...
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Ran into a weird setup at home, trying to replace switches with smartswitches

So I've been replacing most of the switches at home to smart switches and ran into one I can't figure out. It's wired like this: Here's a pic of the switch (Circled in drawing) Can I even put a ...
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No power in outlets after changing light switches

This is a room with a two switch board and some power outlets. One Switch was controlling the fan and other it's light. Outlets, switches and fan+light were all working fine until I wanted to change ...
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Single pole switch with lighting “zones”?

Somewhat of a challenge... I'm going from a single light to recessed lighting in my studio condo. There is a single pole switch that this single light is currently connected to. I'm going to install ...
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Wiring for smart switches

Can anyone tell me what the blue and yellow wires are? I know the red is the hot. Is the blue or yellow wire a neutral wire?
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Questions on smart bulbs (Zigbee type) in an old ceiling fan/light fixture

We have a 20 year old fan with light kit that is fully functional and in good condition. Hubby installed and it is wired to a single wall switch that controls power to it - no dimmer. The fan itself ...
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Why did my switch spark when I installed it in a metal junction box?

Okay, so I put in a new Wifi Light Switch. The box was metal and tiny, while the switch was big and all of the screws were on the bottom of the switch. Why did it spark and blow up? Was it because all ...
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Need help identifying a light switch

At work we have some light switches that look like this, and I've seen similar ones at school and at other commercial offices. This one is installed in Vancouver, Canada The lights also have a motion ...
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Trying to install smart switches - came across something that looks wrong

I am putting in some wemo dimmers to replace my existing dimmers in a three gang box, and came across this wiring: I marked areas of concern with red circles. It seems that the two dimmers are ...
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Why is my smart switch tripping the breaker?

I'm trying to install some smart light switches into my house. I've had a little trouble doing it. The first one was in the kitchen. Every time I tried, it tripped the breaker in the main panel. I ...
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Two black wires into same terminal on light switch

I've replaced a number of switches in my house following the Lutron instructions, but the wiring below is not covered. My question is: on my new Lutron switch (one is already visible in the picture), ...
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Upgrading to smart light switches but have only one neutral wire in the box

I am working on upgrading some of the light switches to smart light switches for lighting automation. I bought this GE Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus. This requires a neutral wire. When I opened the light ...
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Wiring a GE smart switch in a box with 2 light switches sharing a neutral wire and switches sharing a hot wire on same circuit

Two switches in the box control 2 separate exterior light switches. I am attempting to replace one of the exterior light switches with a GE smart switch. I have three pairs of wires going to the two ...
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troubleshooting smart switch installation

Tried installing a Gosund smart light switch this weekend...didn't go so well. Got it wired up (I think) correctly - attached a picture of the rat's nest behind the plate and did some highlighting of ...