First up, apologies for not knowing where exactly to post. I need help and it’s thanksgiving day.
I am a newbie and first timer to DIY projects. Trying to install a HomeSeer HS-WS100+ z-wave switch in a 4 gang box. I connected the LINE, LOAD, NEUTRAL and GROUND wires to the switch and nada. Hopefully I have done everything right and hopefully the brand new switch is faulty. I see no reason why it shouldn’t work.
A brief explanation follows:
Toggle 1 - controls 1 interior chandelier
Toggle 2 - controls 2 exterior light fixtures
Toggle 3 - controls 2 exterior light fixtures (this is what I am replacing)
Toggle 4 - controls 1 interior wall outlet for lamps etc (this is 2 way)
These are all conventional style toggles, receptacles and boxes and do not utilize NEUTRAL wire, though it does exist.
Toggle 3 is being replaced by the HS-WS100+ Decora Switch. It had LINE, LOAD and GROUND wires connected. I removed those from the old receptacle and connected these to the HS-WS100+.
Now the tricky part, initially I thought there was no neutral but after untwisting bulk loads of wires, I found out that each of the wires coming in from the light and outlet fixtures had their NEUTRAL white wire bundled together in a twist-on wire connector.
I removed the wire connector and retrieved each of he LINE wires to the respective electric cable. The 2 exterior light fixtures that Toggle 3 is supposed to power had 2 cables coming into the wall receptacle box.
I noted down and marked which NEUTRAL wires emanate from those 2 cables and then inserted those 2 into the HS-WS100+ Switch.
Note that because the HS-WS100+ is to control 2 exterior light fixtures, I inserted both cables’ NEUTRAL wires into the 2 openings of the HS-WS100+ Switch. The manual instructs to use only one opening and doesn’t speak to much else.
Not sure if this is the problem but I can’t live with just 1 light fixture being powered. It needs to be both.
On the LOAD wires, I similarly put both LOAD wires into the 2 openings of the HS-WS100+ Switch into the LOAD part.
Naturally, there’s only 1 LINE wire going into one of the LINE connections.
Sorry for the long ass intro but wanted to cover everything.
The darn HS-WS100+ Switch doesn’t control the light fixtures its connected to and doesn’t even turn on the LED indicator.
I didn’t want to go with the Toggle version of a z-wave switch because I find them lame.
I am inclined to doing this again in a 1 toggle wall receptacle and testing if the unit is faulty but being a newbie I invested quite a lot of time to get things connected safe and right.
Edit: Someone correct me if I am wrong: I could have used any NEUTRAL wire as all of these go to the same circuit breaker in my garage. But to be precise, I did trace 2 of the 7 existing NEUTRAL wires back to the cables coming from the light fixtures I intend to control.
Any help would be appreciated.
Edit 2: fixed I think. See post below.