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Posts: 2
Registered: ‎02-18-2017

WeMo Light Switch with two wires?

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:

 

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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?  

 

Smiley Frustrated

 

Posts: 124
Registered: ‎07-23-2016

Re: WeMo Light Switch with two wires?

Nope, you will not be able to use a Wemo with that circuit and the wires you have availble in the box Smiley Sad

Posts: 162
Registered: ‎12-01-2016

Re: WeMo Light Switch with two wires?

You'll either need to get an electrician to run a neutral wire ($$$) or use a different switch

Posts: 357
Registered: ‎05-04-2015

Re: WeMo Light Switch with two wires?

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.

Regards

Pete

Posts: 2
Registered: ‎02-18-2017

Re: WeMo Light Switch with two wires?

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.

Posts: 162
Registered: ‎12-01-2016

Re: WeMo Light Switch with two wires?

The Belkin Wemo video for the light switch does say you must have a neutral wire

https://youtu.be/gTBwx_1za2E?t=43

More info here: http://www.belkin.com/wemo/lightswitch WeMo Light Switch allows you to turn the lights on or off from the other side of the house, or the other side of town. Before getting started, you'll need to make sure your home is properly equipped with these essentials
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Posts: 171
Registered: ‎07-16-2015

Re: WeMo Light Switch with two wires?

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@chrismireya

 

The WEMO light switch requires a neutral wire, it is best that you contact your electrician.

 

Chiqui-17359

WEMO Technical Support 

Posts: 3
Registered: ‎04-09-2017

Re: WeMo Light Switch with two wires?

So now a days this would be way out of code. There is a requirement for a ground since the switch is metallic(yolk) and the neutral is really uncommon in most switches since they carry no load (WiFi on these use a small load). If you do not care about the code and potentially cause issues like burning up the switch and other things, you can connect the neutral/ground together to the box which MAY allow it to work (screw a normal screw into the box with the two wires connected) or the safest thing to do is to run a neutral (likely from the light that is in the kitchen down to that outlet and a ground.... from the panel if possible) You may need to hire an electrician since it sounds like your panel is probably extremely old and probably wont have a ground/neutral busbar to use. Hopefully this helps.

Disclaimer: I have used the ground/neutral together plenty of times but remember it is illegal to the NEC and terrible practice since you are going to potentially have current running through the ground (boxes and everything else metallic connected can have some voltage/current on them). But as I have done it like this I had no issues (Since all my plates are plastic no metallic areas are in reach normally)

Posts: 319
Registered: ‎03-08-2017

Re: WeMo Light Switch with two wires?

That idea is so bad it should be removed by the moderators. Your recommendation could kill someone.
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎04-09-2017

Re: WeMo Light Switch with two wires?

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...