Replacing a switch, quick wiring question


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Old 06-05-14, 02:29 PM
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Replacing a switch, quick wiring question

I'm trying to replace some light switches with dimmer switches that work with a home automation kit

I got the first switch off, and I found two black wires to one terminal, one black wire to the other, a black wire capped off and a white wire capped off

Should the capped off white wire be the neutral wire?


 
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Old 06-05-14, 02:37 PM
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Yes, the white wires are the neutrals.
 
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Old 06-05-14, 02:40 PM
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Thanks!

Just trying to learn a little here...

I'm curious why there are there a cluster of neutral wires, all capped off? Why not just one? And what are the black wires that are capped off?
 
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Old 06-05-14, 02:56 PM
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The neutrals are coming in to this box, and out to other boxes/light fixtures. You have to carry the neutral to each box to complete the circuit.

The group of blacks are doing the same thing. These are your constant hots that are going to other light switches or receptacles.

The single black wires are the switch legs going to separate lights, or group of lights, along with the neutrals.
 
 

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