I’m installing a smart switch and need to convert a pair of three way switches into just one smart switch. Given the two switches wired as below, can someone direct me on the steps?
Need to know what other wires are in those boxes.
That’s tough to say on the first (likely hot) one, as it is a 4-gang. Right behind this switch are two black in a wire nut. Nothing visible behind second switch.
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@Automated_House was telling you to identify other wires as well is because there are many other options for 3 ways wiring so it’s hard to guess without enough info. Have a look at this wiring options
3 Way Switch Wiring Diagram
And here for hooking a smart switch.
I’ve decided to put this FAQ together to help those with questions about installing GE 3-way switches.
Definitions of terms:
Line: The hot wire from the breaker (usually black)
Neutral: The return wire for circuits (usually white)
Load: The wire that will be hot when the circuit is completed to your light (usually black)
Traveler: In existing 3-way wiring, this wire toggles hot between two switches. In a smart switch 3-way configuration, a smaller charge is looped through the add-on switch.
Some things to know:
3-way wiring for smart switches is different than standard 3 way wiring.
You cannot use dumb 3-way switches with most smart switches (You must purchase the matching GE add-on switch to wire with your GE smart master switch).
If the line is wired into the light fixture, you …
Very helpful. Thanks! I now know enough to call an electrician.