I just bought two Z-wave dimmers from Leviton to replace two ‘manual’ switches in a standard electrical wall box (US standard stuff).
The connections are easy, but while the old switches just had two wires (black/hot and black/load), I now need to additionally connect white/neutral and ground to each switch. The old switches are thin (width) and shallow (depth). The new switches are fat and deep. There doesn’t appear to be enough space to put in the new switches even without the added clutter of the extra wires. The use of solid Copper wires (as opposed to stranded/flexible) makes things that much harder.
I realize this is not specific to ST, or Z-wave, but is a real practical issue for the general idea of installing smart devices in existing installations. Are there any tricks/tips you guys can share? I was wondering if there are ‘low profile’ switches, perhaps?
In this particular box, there’s a ‘source’ cable (Hot/Neutral/Ground), two ‘load’ cables, and an onward feed cable … so lots of thick wires screw-capped and folded into the back of the box. I suppose a deeper box may be a possibility, assuming there’s nothing behind the box that’s currently there? I don’t relish the thought of removing the existing box though - I think the are typically nailed/screwed to a stud, and I don’t want to deal with wall patching as I have textured walls …