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I’m trying to install a leviton Zwave dimmer switch, model…

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I’m trying to install a leviton Zwave dimmer switch, model DH6HD. The old switch only has a Black, White and Copper wire... is this switch incompatible?

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Sam I
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Hello, is the old switch a 3-way switch? In other words is there more than one switch that operates that one light?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
No, just 1-1

ok, how have you connected the wires to the switch?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I haven’t yet, the switches diagram notes a hot, neutral and load ... but I’m a wire short

ok, are there any other switches in the wall box with the old one?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
No, just one switch.

ok, unfortunately this switch is incompatible with your existing wire as you suspected. Is your house wiring vinyl coated cable or conduit and wire?

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ok you have cable. You would need to have another cable pulled from your light fixture to the switch location in order to use that switch.

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I don't know of any smart switches that are only 2 wire unfortunately

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Well... at least I know =). Thanks for your help.

Sorry for the bad news

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I assume a non smart dimmer would work?

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Yes a regular dimmer would work depending on the model

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You might want to check this out if you don't have LEDs or CFL lights. It's a new smart switch that doesn't need a neutral. I don't know what system you have but it might be worth a look: https://www.amazon.com/Insteon-required-Technology-Unbeatable-Reliability/dp/B008B2CNL8

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