Light switch for multiswitch electrical box


(michael) #1

noob alert here

hey y’all. i’m interested in floundering my way through home automation, and love what i know about smartthings. i have a quick question though. i just moved into a new house and almost all of my light switches are in multiswitch boxes. i.e. 2,3,or even 4 switches in the same electrical box, behind one face plate. i’m not sure how that will work with the switches that i’ve seen. can anyone please advise?

thanks!


(Bradley) #2

Hi Saba!

Most work in the exact same way as your current switches! (With a neutral or a dimmer with no neutral wire)

The wiring is fairly straight forward if you’ve wired lights before.

The only thing you’ll want to watch out for in multi-gang boxes is the wattage load. I have quite a few ‘neutral-less’ dimmers around the house, however if you have more than one per box you’ll want to read the instructions on what load they can handle.
- For example- my GE Dimmers by themselves can handle a 600W load. Two next to each other can handle a 500W load, and three together can handle a 400W load AT MAX.

There’s plenty of people on here more knowledgable than me, so ask away!