Help wiring a new light switch -- not sure what's going on back there!


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Old 11-02-16, 01:40 PM
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Help wiring a new light switch -- not sure what's going on back there!

I bought a new GE Smart Switch and figured it'd be easy enough to replace my existing one pole. Wrong, lol. I'll post pictures below, but when I opened up the box I was pretty darned confused on what was going on back there. A couple main issues:

1) The smart switch requires 3 connections: Load, Line, & Neutral (which was not indicated in marketing materials -- but that's another story!). I see a bundle of white wires nutted together in the back of the box. I'm assuming they're neutral and I could just run a jumper out of there, but wanted opinions...

2) You can see that the existing one pole switch I'm replacing is apparently being used to power the adjacent 3-way switch. There are 3 connections to the 2 terminals (2 screw-in and 1 push-in). I tried wiring the new switch in the same manner, but it didn't work as expected. No matter what combo I used, one of the lights would always only power on if the other light was in the "on" position. Whereas right now (the old wiring), they were independent of each other). Hope that makes sense. I'm wondering if that's simply a limitation of the new switch. In which case, I'm wondering how I remedy that. Would some type of pigtail need to happen?

Any advice/help is appreciated!

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Old 11-02-16, 06:04 PM
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Notice wires A, B and C are all connected to the same terminal. That's the line.

A and B wires need connected with 2 pigtails (snip off C).
One pigtail will replace wire C, the other pigtail is your line to new switch.

The load wire won't change, it's the single wire attached to the other switch terminal.

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Old 11-03-16, 02:53 PM
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Thanks so much, Handyone! That worked perfectly!
 
 

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