So I’m looking at replacing my dumb light switches w/ smart ones. 2 of the ones I’m looking to replace have 3 separate switches running horizontally on the same receptacle controlling 3 separate lights.
How would I go about replacing these? I’m having a hard time finding a smart switch that has 3 separate switches on it. Any help or guidance is greatly appreciated!
Are you located in the US? Do you mean that there are three switches situated horizontally in the same box? If you remove the cover plate, you will find that there are individual switches mounted in the box (US). You replace them individually.
If Bryan is correct, and you do not realize how the installations work, I would strongly suggest you get a Handyman to replace the switches and watch how he does it and the tools he requires. Would cost $$, but the next time you may be better able to do yourself.
You are going to buy covers with cutouts that match the switches in the box. For example, if all the switches are paddle switches, you want a cover with the three big cutouts. Can you post a picture of the switch bank(s) you are referring to?
If so, as others have said, if you remove the cover plate (which is literally just a piece of plastic, no electronics, no moving parts) you will see three separate switches underneath. You will replace as many of these as you want with individual smart switches. Most smart switches have tabs along the edge which you may have to break off to get them to fit: the instructions will be in the user manual that comes with the switch, so make sure you read that.
In addition, when you do remove those tabs, you reduce the total wattage that the switch can support. Again, read the manual.
If you live near a Home Depot, many of these have a free class on installing light switches which will teach you more about how switches work, the tools you use for the wiring, etc. They won’t be about smart switches per se, but they will still be very helpful in understanding what is going on. So it’s often worth taking that.
As far as a cover plate once you do have multiple switches installed, any Home Depot will have the cover plate or you can get them online. You just look for a “three gang cover plate.“ For most smart switches, you will want “Decora“ or “rocker style“ to get the right fit. these come in different colors and finishes.
I would give you advice but I am very confident that you are going to electrocute yourself when you go to do this. PLEASE DON’T DO IT YOURSELF. At least not without watching a bunch of youtube videos on basic electrical work and reading up on how to work with electricity and getting the proper tools to check that it is safe to work on them. Or the classes JD suggested. Multi-gang setups might be connected to two breakers or a have an incorrectly divided neutral. You may end up electrocuting yourself if you’re not careful…and nobody wants that. So, please be careful. 110VAC can be lethal!!!
Technically “decora” is a trademarked name which refers only to Leviton devices. They own the trademark. The generic name is “rocker.” But no question lots of people refer to that general shape as Decora. It’s like “Kleenex“ instead of “tissue.“
It’s just important to know that because of online searches. If you walk into Home Depot and ask for Decora cover plates, they’ll show you every brand. But online, you might get only Leviton results for your search.