Z-Wave 3 way switch installation help

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Old 12-16-15, 06:10 AM
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Z-Wave 3 way switch installation help

Hello experts,

I'm hoping someone can help me with the installation.

Below is a link to a diagram to how much current setup looks like :

http://www.howtowirealightswitch.com...via-switch.jpg

The z wave 3 way switches I purchased come with a main and an aux. The aux only has 2 connections, neutral and traveler.

When I first attempted to install, I thought it was a neutral wire on the aux side since the wire was white. I later found out that it was actually a traveler wire along with red.

On their main side I actually do hsve neutral since they are all bundled up.

My question is, are both traveler wiree required in a z wave 3 was setup? Can I connect the red wire on the main switch side to the neutral and then the red to neutral screw on the aux switch? Then the black traveler will connect to the traveler screw on the aux switch and that white wire would be capped.

Hope that all make sense. Thanks in advance.
 
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What model number zwave units do you have?
 
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I have the Dragon Tech WS100 with WA100 (aux) which are same as the GE z wave ones.
 
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Yes, you only need one traveler connection between the two devices.

But you should use white as neutral everywhere.
Use red from the load term on the main switch to the hot terminal on the lamps. Other side of lamps goes to neutral (white).

You can use black for the traveler between the two switches. It only connects to traveler terms.
The black wire from the AC feed goes to the line terminal on the WS100 (only).
The WA 100 also gets a neutral connection (white).
All devices need ground (green or bare).

If you really have two 2 conductor cables between your two lights you will have to designate one of the blacks as traveler and the other as switched hot. I'd mark the switched hot with red tape at both ends. Just tie all the whites together everywhere as neutral.

This may be a little more work, but it will maintain conventions and be easier to understand down the road.

Do yourself a favor and don't use the back stabbed terminals unless they are the clamp type. Use the side terminals.
 
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