02-18-2017 04:00 PM
I have been searching through the WeMo community forums for an answer to this issue, but I haven't found one yet.
I have a light switch that controls the kitchen lights in my rented home. The house is old (built at the end of WW2). My current outlet and switch look like this:
My issue is that the instructions for WeMo are for newer outlets with the identifiable neutral wire. The instructions tell me to refer to the website -- but I can't seem to find them.
Does anyone know where I can find those instructions?
Otherwise, does anyone know if it is even possible to connect a WeMo switch into this outlet?
02-19-2017 10:00 AM
Hi all on the thread
Our light switches here in the UK are wired in that way. I'm convinced that is why Belkin has not released the WeMo light switch over here even though we've been asking for it for ages.
As Steve says, a lot of $$$ to get a neutral installed at the light switch.
02-19-2017 12:56 PM
It is strange because we are directed to go to the website for "online support" if we lack a switch outlet like the one seen in the instructions.
When we visit the website, we find no online support for this.
If you can't replace your existing switch with the WeMo switch without expensive rewiring by an electrician, then why direct us to "online support?
It really is a shame.
02-19-2017 06:32 PM
The Belkin Wemo video for the light switch does say you must have a neutral wire
03-11-2017 08:40 PM - edited 03-11-2017 08:44 PM
The WEMO light switch requires a neutral wire, it is best that you contact your electrician.
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04-10-2017 01:24 AM
Go ahead and explain it to me how it can hurt someone. No metallic objects are in reach of the user. I assume you must be an electrician so I would like to know your explanation to just assume that. I am aware of what grounds and neutrals are for and what their jobs are. I take it you are likely someone who read a bit about electrical but haven't done electrical longer then a couple months or couple years...
04-10-2017 08:45 AM
There may be some confusion over your description. Connecting the WeMo's neutral line to ground is certainly against code but is a relatively low current. Your message reads a bit like a suggestion to connect the entire neutral circuit to ground which would indeed be quite dangerous. There's a long explanation for why but the simple version is that if it was safe there wouldn't be code requirements for 3 conductors where 2 would do just as well.