I started replacing my old switches with smart switches and everything was working great until I started to replace the 3 way switches.
These are the switches I’m using.
Add on switch:
Only problem is I didn’t realize the 3 way switches in my house only has a neutral bundle of wires for one switch, the other switch has no access to a neutral and both switches require a neutral.
The box with a bundle of neutral wires also has a bundle of black wires (there are 3 switches in total in this box) and connected to the old switch is a red wire connected to the common terminal, another red wire, and a white wire (this is the only hot wire while the light is off.)
In the box without a bundle of neutral wires there are only 3 wires (not including the ground wire) and they are all connected to the old switch with a black wire connected to the common terminal (hot), a white wire (also hot), and a red wire (not hot).
I have a few questions if anyone can help. First of all which is the line switch? I’m assuming it’s the one with a bundle of neutrals in the back.
Is there anyway to get this setup working without having to run new wires?
Assuming this setup won’t work how would I go about just converting the main switch to act as a simple two way switch and I can just put a blank face plate over the other switch? I don’t really need both switches in this particular location, although it would be nice if I can.
Lastly is there another smart 3 way switch solution out there that works with SmartThings that I can use with my current setup? I wouldn’t even mind if the secondary switch with no access to a neutral requires batteries or something.
Thank you for any help.