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UPB switches require neutral wire?

post #1 of 9
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My home has older wiring so there is no neutral in the wall switches. Do all of the home automation switches including HAI UPB require the neutral wires? There is a light motion sensor by Leviton, for example, that will work with only the hot and ground, no neutral. I guess because of this maybe I should stick with the Lutron RA2 after all. hmm
post #2 of 9
Some of the Z-Wave dimmers do not require a neutral. I have some boxes that are simply looped down to the switch, meaning no neutral, so I had only one choice and that was Z-Wave.
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Originally Posted by DDBear View Post

My home has older wiring so there is no neutral in the wall switches. Do all of the home automation switches including HAI UPB require the neutral wires? There is a light motion sensor by Leviton, for example, that will work with only the hot and ground, no neutral. I guess because of this maybe I should stick with the Lutron RA2 after all. hmm

Lutron designed their dimmers for this specific purpose. RA2 dimmers only have nuetrals when controlling specific load types ( LED and ELV )
post #4 of 9
Here's the load down: With no neutral wire, you will be restricted to what kind of load you are trying to drive.

The ole INCANDESCENT always work.

LED can't because a very little amount of electricity always go through the load and LED requires very little energy to lit, so the bulb will always be lit dimly when it's suppose to be completely off.

INDUCTIVE LOADS like BATHROOM FANS and FLUORESCENT are hit&miss.

Won't work with COMPACT FLUORESCENT because these are all off or all on.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Since incandescent is becoming less common (and some bulbs even outlawed soon) it sounds like the Lutron RA2 wall switches essentially requires a neutral wire. I'm not surprised, since generally it's not good electrical practice to power a device between hot and ground, and home automation devices need a little bit of power. Although some newer Leviton occupancy switches are designed to work without a neutral with minimal current leakage to ground.
post #6 of 9
also no on upb, or x10, maybe on insteon because some switches go both ways.
post #7 of 9
Under the 2011 NEC, they started to require a Neutral wire on Switch loops, due to under previous editions, you were not required to have a Neutral on a switch loop.

There are though dimmers out there that have the ability to be wired in a 3-way circuit, switch loop with or without a Neutral. You just may have to download the instructions on the device to make sure, since not always is it noted in the info online, when viewing them at a website.
post #8 of 9
So what switches for LED lighting? Not to hijack. But I'll be doing new construction with LED lighting.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
N49 if yours is new construction then you'll be running a neutral wire to all switches per recent electrical best practices. Then all light/switch types/brands will work ok. The no-neutral concern mainly applies to old construction.
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