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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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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 ...