N86I have a switch mounted next to my equipment pad to control my Jandy LED lights. When you turn the switch off and back on it changes the light color. Is there a cheap way to convert this switch to a smart switch? Thanks for the help.
You will need to connect a neutral wire AND a ground wire to the switch which is super easy in most cases, if you possess and you are comfortable with the necessary skill sets to perform this type of work. If not, you should absolutely consult with a qualified electrician.
This wireless system will integrate with Harmony, Apple devices, Amazon Alexa, smart phones and even has Geofencing features to turn programmed lights on or off depending on your distance to or from your house.
N86Thanks for the help!
Hi N86Unfortunately, I do do not have a neutral wire. Are there any options without one?
The switch works with any light. If the LED supports dimming, it will dim. If it doesn't, it will operate as on and off. With LEDs and dimmers though, sometimes the LED doesn't have enough load and you end up getting flickering of the lights. There are some things you can do to combat that though.
I also use the TP-Link Kasa switches at my home. I love them and no hub needed (also works with Alexa). But, to the OP, it does require a neutral if replacing the pool switch. Just get an electrician to install it, probably only $100 (it will take him/her 10 minutes).I am partial to TP-Link Kasa switches. One of my neighbors uses two of them for the pool lighting and they have very good wifi range. It will be what I use at completion. As for finding the neutral.... It's the white wire always on a 120V circuit. The hot is usually black or red but neutral is always white.
By the way I also use Sengled zigbee lights with their cheapo hub for smart bulbs. The TP-Link switches are more reliable to respond but both are fine.
Patrickoleary, Thank you for the advice. I happened to stumble onto one for 40 dollars online and bought it. It works perfect.The switch works with any light. If the LED supports dimming, it will dim. If it doesn't, it will operate as on and off. With LEDs and dimmers though, sometimes the LED doesn't have enough load and you end up getting flickering of the lights. There are some things you can do to combat that though.
For my setup, the electrical sub-panel is outside in a weatherproof housing. I opened the housing using the screw on the front. Turned off the breaker. Cut the wire that was going to the light. Wired the switch in. Then, left it behind the panel cover. My electrician friend said its not code, but because I protected the metal parts of the switch with rubber, it should be fine. Then, I paired my Pico remote and put it on my porch. You could probably do something similar. Though, it would be better to put the switch in a weather proof box separate from the sub-panel.
Anything with electricity though, I would encourage you to find a licensed electrician. I'm an arm chair one and have been shocked more times than I care to admit because I am an idiot. Its not worth burning something down over it.