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During your preparations to install a smart switch, you might discover that your lighting circuit does not have a neutral wire – don't be disturbed by this. There is absolutely no reason for concern or distress.

There's a decent chunk of smart switches available that specifically cater to this 2-wire lighting configuration.

In this article, I share my picks for the best smart light switches that don’t need a neutral wire.

8.8 Lutron Caseta Smart Lighting and Dimmer Switch
Top PickMultiple remote control options and 3-way compatibility
8.5 Aqara Smart Light Switch
Runner-UpAffordable Smart Switch with Zigbee
8.5 GE Lighting CYNC Smart Light Switch
Entry-Level PickDirect Wi-Fi Connectivity
8.5 HomeSeer HS-WX300
Pro OptionProgrammable RGB LED Indicators and Multi-Tap Scene Controller

What is a neutral wire and why do smart switches need one?

In a home's electrical system, the neutral wire provides a return path for the current, which is essential for completing the circuit. For smart switches, this wire is crucial as it ensures they remain powered and responsive, even when the connected light is off.

This constant power is vital for switches to maintain continuous functionalities, such as Wi-Fi connectivity and readiness for remote commands.

How do some smart switches work without a neutral wire?

Smart switches that do not need a neutral wire use techniques such as drawing a small “leakage” current through the load to power their electronics, employing capacitors to store energy, relying on batteries for power, or by utilizing other wiring configurations.

What to do if you don't have a neutral at the switch?

If your switch location lacks a neutral wire, consider the following solutions:

  1. Rewiring: Hire an electrician to rewire the circuit to include a neutral line. Note that this can be an invasive and potentially costly solution.
  2. Neutral-free Smart Switches: Opt for smart switches designed to operate without a neutral wire as discussed in this article.
  3. In-Wall Micro-Controllers: Utilize an in-wall micro-controller for your existing switches. Brands like Aeotec and Fibaro offer reputable micro-controllers for this purpose.
  4. Smart Bulbs: As an alternative to a smart switch, you can use smart bulbs, which can be controlled directly without the need for a neutral wire at the switch. This is not ideal as if the switch is turned off, the smart bulb cannot be controlled remotely.
8.8
Top Pick
Multiple remote control options and 3-way compatibility

The Lutron Caseta smart lighting switch helps you set the perfect ambiance for your lights and control them via several smart and non-smart remote controllers

Specifications
  • Available Control Methods: Wall switch, mobile app, voice commands, and dedicated remote.
  • Smart Platform Compatibility: Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home/Assistant, Ring, Serena shades, Sonos
  • Mobile App: Yes
  • Dimmer Settings: Yes
  • Dedicated Smart Hub Required: Yes
  • Compatible Lights: 150W Max dimmable LEDs, 600W max incandescent, halogen, and CFL.
  • Coordinating Wall Plate Included: No
  • 3-Way Switching: Yes

The Lutron Caseta dimmer switch turns ordinary bulbs into smart bulbs. On top of that, it doesn’t rely on a neutral wire and is fully compatible with LEDs, incandescents, and halogens.

After wiring the switches and linking them up with the Caseta hub,  you can control these smart light switches through several means: through the Lutron app, compatible smart home platform, voice commands, with the Pico remote, or physically using the dimmer switch on the wall. 

Compatibility

When set up via the Caseta Smart Hub, the switches can interact seamlessly with Alexa, Apple Home, and Google Assistant. Additionally, it links up with the Lutron app for free. 

This app allows you to set light timings, activate scenes, or turn lights on/off remotely with the "smart away" feature.

Smart Away Feature

With the Smart Away feature, you can automate the light control system when you’re away. This allows the smart switches to randomly turn on and off, giving outsiders the impression that you are home. 

It’s a simple yet handy feature that deters intruders and prevents break-ins. 

Notable Drawbacks

All good things aside though, there have been reports of inconsistent dimmer performance due to network lag or power fluctuations. 

Also, you need to connect the Caseta smart home hub/bridge physically with an ethernet cable from your Wi-Fi router to unlock the smart features.

What I liked
  • Easy to install and pair up.
  • Works seamlessly with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Home.
  • Many users have reported that the dimming feature is well-designed and satisfying to use.
  • Option to purchase a remote control that doesn’t rely on the Wi-Fi network.
What I didn't like
  • Users have reported that power fluctuations tend to cause flashing or inconsistent dimming.
  • Testers have noted compatibility issues with certain LED lights.
  • The Caseta smart home hub/bridge is required to connect the switches to the app and other smart platforms. (Smart hub sold separately).
  • The smart home bridge must be hardwired to your Wi-Fi router via an ethernet cable
  • Wall plates and compatible remote control needs to be purchased separately.
8.5
Runner-Up
Affordable Smart Switch with Zigbee

The Aqara Smart Wall Switch is the best way to control the lights remotely without having to break the bank.

Specifications
  • Available Control Methods: Wall switch, mobile app, voice commands
  • Smart Platform Compatibility: Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home/Assistant, Vera
  • Mobile App: Yes
  • Dimmer Settings: No
  • Dedicated Smart Hub Required: Yes
  • Compatible Lights: Any regular light bulbs (120V 60Hz) with a 600W maximum power draw.
  • Coordinating Wall Plate Included: Yes
  • 3-Way Switching: No

The Aqara Smart Light is an affordable option that offers top-notch performance and intuitive controls. 

Since it doesn’t rely on a neutral wire, the Aqara smart light switches are easy to install and readily compatible with any type of conventional light bulb.

Aqara Home App

The light switch can be linked up with the Aqara Home app, which provides remote control to switch it on and off.

Beyond that, you can program timers into the light switches, making sure they switch on and off according to a set schedule. 

The switch is also equipped with an overheat protection mechanism, which automatically disconnects the power supply when it detects high temperatures.

Known Issues

Unfortunately, this smart light switch prioritizes Zigbee smart home hubs, and for Wi-Fi connectivity, you need the appropriate smart hub. 

That being said, it does get along quite well with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Homekit, allowing you to issue voice commands and combine these into scenes/routines with other sensors and smart home devices.

What I liked
  • Compatible with popular smart home platforms
  • Can work with any type of light bulb
  • Effortless and intuitive mobile app
  • Zigbee-compatible
  • A matching wall plate is included in the box
  • Includes overheat protection
What I didn't like
  • Device testers have reported compatibility issues with some Zigbee hubs such as Hubitat
  • Users have complained that some units tend to stop working after some time
  • Amazon Echo users have also reported frequent disconnections
  • Requires the Aqara hub to unlock its smart features
8.5
Entry-Level Pick
Direct Wi-Fi Connectivity

GE Lighting’s Cync is one of the best starter-friendly options because of its direct Wi-Fi connectivity features and unique design.

Specifications
  • Available Control Methods: Wall switch, mobile app, voice commands
  • Smart Platform Compatibility: Alexa, Google Home/Assistant
  • Mobile App: Yes
  • Dimmer Settings: No
  • Dedicated Smart Hub Required: No
  • Compatible Lights: Regular light bulbs with a 15W- 600W power range
  • Wall Plate Included: Yes
  • 3-Way Switching: No

Cync by General Electric is one of the best smart light switches that can operate without a neutral wire. It is equipped with wireless control & ambient light detection, which make it easier to use and automate the switch.

On top of that, it also doesn’t require a hub if you use the smart switch with Amazon Alexa or Google Home. As such, you can control the device through these apps, incorporate it into scenes/routines, and also issue voice commands.

Wi-Fi Setup

Unlike many of the other items on this list, this smart switch doesn’t rely on a dedicated smart home hub. Instead, you can directly connect it to your home’s Wi-Fi, and you’re all set. 

Minor Drawbacks

Unfortunately, its biggest strength can also be its greatest weakness as some users have found the Wi-Fi connection to be a bit lacking, especially in terms of signal range. 

So if you’re considering one of these light switches, make sure you have a steady 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network with the router providing a strong signal to the smart switch. 

What I liked
  • Doesn’t require a dedicated smart hub.
  • Direct control via the dedicated app and compatible smart home platforms
  • Seamlessly integrates with other smart sensors and devices
  • DIY-friendly installation and setup
What I didn't like
  • Some users have reported Wi-Fi connection issues
  • Testers have identified potential issues with bulb flickering
  • Users have complained that the GE app is not very user-friendly
  • Installers have also reported that the device tends to be too deep to fit into single-sized switch boxes/gang boxes.
8.5
Pro Option
Programmable RGB LED Indicators and Multi-Tap Scene Controller

The HS-WX300 is a versatile smart dimmer switch that can also be used as an on-off switch and an indicator hub for other smart home devices.

Specifications
  • Available Control Methods: Wall switch, Z-wave hub
  • Smart Platform Compatibility: SmartThings, Homeseer, Hubitat, IFTTT (Z-wave)
  • Mobile App: No
  • Dimmer Settings: Yes
  • Dedicated Smart Hub Required: Yes, Z-wave
  • Compatible Lights: Dimmable and non-dimmable home lighting (600W max incandescent and 300W max CFL/LED)
  • Wall Plate Included: No
  • 3-Way Switching: No

The compact HS-WX300 packs a ton of features into a simple light switch.  Right off the bat, it’s got dimmer options, multi-tap switching to automate custom scenes, and a fully customizable LED indicator column. 

LED Indicator Column

The seven LED indicators installed in the dedicated wall plate can give you quick system status updates for different smart home devices and scenes. 

Its primary function is to indicate the dimmer, using a satisfying rising and falling light effect. 

However, beyond that, you can customize the color, and blinking patterns of the LED, and also program them to show up during different scenes or specific notifications in your smart home hub. 

Compatibility and Multi-Tap Function

The HS-WX300 works well with various Z-wave hubs like HomeSeer, SmartThings, and Hubitat, making it a great fit for many smart home setups.

On top of the existing on/off light switching and dimmer functions, it supports multi-tap and hold commands to trigger scenes and programmable events in your smart home. 

So you can enable/disable up to 14 different scenes using these controls.

Drawbacks

Although seemingly perfect, the complexities of this smart light switch do open it up to certain vulnerabilities. For instance, there have been reports of occasional faults, incompatibility, and signal issues.

What I liked
  • Programmable LED colors to indicate dimmer status or custom events
  • Multi-Tap and hold functions to trigger up to 14 different scenes
  • Built-in repeater to help extend Z-wave signal
What I didn't like
  • Testers have reported that certain devices can occasionally stop working.
  • Some users have complained about the difficult setup process
  • There have also been reports about the inconsistency of the dimmer function (which is all the more highlighted due to the LED column).
  • Doesn’t support Apple HomeKit
8.2
Smart dimmer switch and power usage monitor combined into one

The Fibaro Dimmer 2 is a smart switch and dimmer that constantly monitors power usage and helps you save money.

Specifications
  • Available Control Methods: Wall switch, Z-wave hub, Voice Control (via a hub)
  • Smart Platform Compatibility: SmartThings, Nexa, Vera, Zipato, FIBARO Home Center, Homeseer (Z-wave Plus)
  • Mobile App: Yes
  • Dimmer Settings: Yes
  • Dedicated Smart Hub Required: Yes, Z-wave Plus
  • Compatible Lights: Dimmable regular home lighting  
  • Wall Plate Included: No (fits behind the existing light switch)
  • 3-Way Switching: No

The FIBARO Dimmer 2 is a small yet powerful device that controls smart home gadgets with its Z-Wave technology.

Despite its small size, it's packed with smart features and can be configured with or without a neutral wire.

Calibration and Safety Features

Via a compatible app or smart home hub, you can adjust the brightness of your lights and also let the device calibrate itself based on the power requirements of the bulb. This helps improve energy efficiency and stability against power fluctuations.

On top of that, it creates another layer of safety, protecting its light bulbs against overheating, overloading, and voltage drops.

Compatibility

The device plays well with most Z-wave-compatible smart home automation systems like Nexia, Vera, or SmartThings. However, it’s not compatible with Apple HomeKit.

Installation Complexity

Despite its versatility and compatibility with both neutral and non-neutral light wiring, I found the installation to be a little tricky. 

There are a lot of terminals on the smart switch controller and you definitely need to take a look at the instructions once or twice to make sure it’s set up correctly.  

Also, since it hides behind the existing light switch, you need to make space for the device inside the electrical box/sunk box in your light switch. As any installer might know, this is not an easy task.

What I liked
  • Integrates well with Z-wave hubs such as SmartThings and Hubitat.
  • Can support both 2-wire or 3-wire systems (neutral and non-neutral)
  • Automatically calibrates to the light source preventing power fluctuations
  • Can extend the lifespan of the bulbs by reducing electricity use.
  • Protects the lights against overheating, overvoltage, and undervoltage faults
What I didn't like
  • Requires a larger electrical box or fixture for proper concealment
  • Installation can be somewhat difficult without reading the proper instructions
  • Somewhat more expensive than other smart light switches.
  • Doesn't work with Apple HomeKit.
8.0
Easy to install microcontroller with both neutral and no-neutral wiring compatibility

The Aeotec Nano dimmer can hook up to existing dimmer switches and enhance smart functionality with Z-wave.

Specifications
  • Available Control Methods: Wall switch, Z-wave hub
  • Smart Platform Compatibility: Vera, SmartThings, FIBARO, HomeSeer, and other regular Z-wave hubs. (Check compatibility here)
  • Mobile App: No
  • Dimmer Settings: Yes but you need a dimmer light switch in place
  • Dedicated Smart Hub Required: No
  • Compatible Lights: 20W min without the Bypass capacitor
  • Wall Plate Included: Yes
  • 3-Way Switching: Yes

 

Aeotec Nano Dimmer is a feature-rich smart switch that can help you control your lights as well as your ceiling fans. Regardless of a neutral wire!

Z-Wave Connectivity

It’s completely compatible with Z-wave Smart Home System, and it’s also Z-wave Plus certified so you can expect better response time & wireless range.

Aeotec Nano Dimmer can work directly off your existing Z-wave smart home hub. However, if you’re hoping to include it in low-power dimmable LEDs, the Aeotec Bypass capacitor is essential.

Protection Features

Power surges do happen which is why the Aeotec Nano Dimmer comes with built-in surge and overload protection to protect the dimmer switch and its lights

Drawbacks

However, this is only a Z-wave controller and doesn’t come with a switch or wall plate. Instead, you’ll have to install it behind your existing dimmer light switches.

What I liked
  • Supports either neutral or no-neutral wiring setups
  • Installation is pretty straightforward thanks to detailed guides provided on their official website
  • Compact enough to stow away in many electrical boxes/sunk boxes
  • Compatible with the dimmer function on ceiling fans as well.
  • Can be installed in regular on/off light switches as well (without the dimmer functions)
  • Can be set up to monitor energy usage
What I didn't like
  • Fits over the existing dimmer switch, and doesn’t include a wall plate or switch
  • Requires a Capacitor (the Aeotec Bypass) for small dimmable LEDs (less than 20W)
  • Lacks a dedicated mobile app for quick setup and control
8.0
Capacitor-Free and Wi-Fi compatible for Quiet and Convenient Operation

The MOES WiFi Smart Single Live Wire Light Switch is an easy-to-install and set-up Wi-Fi-connected smart light switch

Specifications
  • Available Control Methods: Wall switch, Mobile App, Voice commands (via the compatible smart platform)
  • Smart Platform Compatibility: Google Home/Assistant, Alexa, TUYA smart life
  • Mobile App: Yes
  • Dimmer Settings: No
  • Dedicated Smart Hub Required: No
  • Compatible Lights: Min 7W with incandescent and halogens up to 1000W and 350W max LEDs.
  • Wall Plate Included: Yes
  • 3-Way Switching: No

 

With a push-button style switch, the MOES Smart switch does take things to the next level. So unlike the competition, it doesn’t need a dedicated smart home hub and can directly interface with your home’s Wi-Fi router. 

Compatibility and Affordability

The MOES Wi-Fi smart switch is surprisingly more affordable and easily integrates with many popular smart home hubs such as Alexa and Google Assistant. This device also has a separate mobile app, the Smart Life app, that allows you to automate the lights and incorporate them into scenes and routines. 

Downsides

However, as is the case with many Wi-Fi-only smart light switches, connectivity can be an issue. So if you’re seriously considering this device, improving your Wi-Fi signal strength is a must. 

There’s also a newer version of this switch with an improved switch and wall plate design.

What I liked
  • Doesn’t require special smart hubs or capacitor
  • Readily supports Alexa and Google Home
  • Can manage incandescent and halogen bulbs up to a 1000W
  • Easy installation process
  • Separate TUYA app included for isolated control
What I didn't like
  • Device testers have reported issues with Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Not compatible with a 3-way circuit
  • The minimum control wattage is a bit high (7W to prevent flickering)
  • Some users report frequent disconnections
  • The dedicated TUYA smart life app is not the most user-friendly
  • Incompatible with Apple HomeKit
7.0
Non-Smart Solution but with Built-In Motion Sensors

The ELEGRP SP17OS is an easy-to-install non-smart wall switch that doesn't require a neutral wire and sports a built-in PIR Infrared sensor for motion sensing..

Specifications
  • Available Control Methods: Wall switch, motion sensing
  • Smart Platform Compatibility: None
  • Mobile App: No
  • Dimmer Settings: No
  • Dedicated Smart Hub Required: No
  • Compatible Lights: Max 300W LED, 300W CFL and 600W incandescent bulbs
  • Wall Plate Included: Yes
  • 3-Way Switching: No

Although it lacks smart compatibility or remote control via an app or smart home hub, this ELEGRP light switch is motion-activated and neutral-free. 

PIR Motion Sensor

So with this affordable solution, there’s no need to fumble around in the dark or grab your smartphone, it simply lights up the room as soon as you walk in - hands-free.

The PIR sensor, although simple in design, rarely runs into issues and easily detects motion when installed correctly.

Included with a wall plate, this light switch offers a minimalist design with a matte finish. It's slim and slides easily into electric boxes.

Lack of Smart Features

Although reliable, the major flaw in this device is the lack of smart functionality. So with this light switch, you’re going to miss out on remote control or integration with your existing smart home platform. 

So even though I did have some reservations about including this device here, its affordability and ease of use definitely make it a worthwhile contender. 

Besides, it’s the perfect “install once and forget about it” option for entryways, stairs, and other small places around your home.

What I liked
  • Widely compatible with various light bulbs
  • Low power consumption
  • High-grade flame-resistant material with UL certification
  • Good motion detection capabilities
What I didn't like
  • Lacks smart functionality for automation and remote control
  • Device testers have reported that the IR sensor can take a second or two to power the lights
  • Few users have reported about some units malfunctioning after purchase
  • The wall plate needs to be removed to configure the sensor and make adjustments.
  • Instructions for installation and setup can be difficult for first-timers.
  • Does not mesh well in double-switch electrical boxes.

Things to Consider When Purchasing a No-Neutral Smart Light Switch

After considering the above options, it’s clear that buying smart switches without neutral is a pretty decent option. So, here are some of the important specifications you need to look out for when buying these kinds of smart switches.

  • Compatible Lighting: Depending on power requirements and dimmer functions, these options can vary a lot.
  • Smart Compatibility: Ensure the switch can link with your current home tech stack (Amazon Alexa, Google Home) or whether you need a dedicated hub.
  • Ease of Installation: Not all switches include a DIY-friendly installation process, so research this process beforehand.
  • Control Options: 3-way control, dimmers, and the ability to trigger automation scenes, are important features to consider as well.

Compatible Lighting

ceiling lights
Although incandescents and CFLs will be readily compatible, dimmers and low-power LEDs will need special attention

Although these smart light switches can easily support many of the regular light bulbs and lighting systems in your home, there can be certain incompatibilities, resulting in excess power draw, light flickering, and inconsistent dimming behavior. 

So when trying to purchase one of these smart light switches, I always recommend prioritizing the type of lights you’re going to be using for these switches. 

Generally, the Aqara Smart Light Switch is a versatile option that can handle any non-dimmable lights.

Dimmable Lights and Low-Power LEDs

Dimmable lights and low-power LEDs need extra attention because, despite far-reaching promises, only a few smart light switches can safely operate these devices consistently. And sometimes, you might have to install a capacitor to prevent issues such as light flickering.

Take, for example, the Aeotec Nano Dimmer. This smart switch supports dimmer functions but unlike other devices, lets you know that a capacitor is required to prevent flickering in dimmable 10W/20W LEDs.

Smart Compatibility

Hubitat Elevation
Almost all of these smart light switches need a dedicated smart home hub to enable smart functionality

Make sure that the smart light switch you decide to go with is compatible with your current smart home technology like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Homekit etc. 

This ensures you can issue voice commands or remotely control the smart switch with your favorite smartphone app. On top of that, it opens up the device for further automation, allowing you to incorporate it with sensors and other smart devices.

Compatibility With Popular Smart Home Platforms

Lutron Caseta, for example, offers compatibility with a wide range of popular smart home systems such as Alexa, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit.  

On the other hand, General Electric’s Cync, despite offering direct Wi-Fi connectivity, won’t support Apple HomeKit or other Z-wave or Zigbee-style hubs. 

The Need For Dedicated Hubs

If you are going for a smart switch, then you also need to know that most of these smart light switches need to interface with a dedicated hub before they can interact with your primary smart home platform.  

The prime example is the Lutron Caseta, which requires the Caseta bridge/hub to make it compatible with the rest of the smart home platforms. 

That being said, there are some exceptions to this such as the MOES Wi-Fi smart switch, which can directly connect to your Wi-Fi network and interact with your smart home platform.

Ease of Installation

Tools
You should be able to get it set up fast and with minimal tools

Installing a smart light switch without a neutral wire is pretty straightforward. However, unless they are properly labeled, you’ll need to use a multimeter or non-contact voltage tester to separate the live and load wires.

The Simplicity of Installing Smart Light Switches with Basic Functionality

Likewise, setting up a no-neutral smart light switch isn’t particularly breezy, so making sure the smart switch is easy to install and comes with detailed instructions is a basic requirement. 

The Lutron Caseta dimmer, for instance, scores well in this aspect. Installation is DIY-friendly and with the right parts and expertise, only takes a few minutes to set up. 

Added Complexity when Setting up Microcontroller-Style Smart Switches

Meanwhile, the FIBARO smart switch microcontroller can be a pain to set up, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Also, because it doesn’t replace the existing switch, the device might be difficult to stow away behind the electrical box with other wires or components getting in the way. 

So make sure to go through the installation instructions of your desired model and confirm the device is compatible and compact enough to fit into your wiring setup.

Control Options

Smart Bulb
App control, voice commands, and motion sensing are essential options

Although the type of switching style, whether that’s a rocker switch, push-button, or toggle switch does matter, what’s more important is the remote control options you can unlock with this device. 

Namely, does it enable you to issue voice commands? Work with a mobile app or other smart sensors and automation scenes? These are what actually matters when you decide to go for a smart light switch.  

Prioritize the Available Smart Control Methods

So when choosing a smart light switch, the available control methods are key. 

Take the Lutron Caseta Dimmer Switch, for example. It offers different ways to manipulate your lighting. You can utilize an app, voice commands, or use a dedicated remote.

Alternatively, you can skip the controls entirely and set up an ELEGRP light switch that skips all smart functionality and goes for a classic PIR motion sensor that only lights up when it detects your presence. 

FAQs

How do you know if you have a neutral wire?

The best way to find out if your house has a neutral wire or not is to check the colors of the wires in the circuit. In the US, white-colored wire generally represents neutral wire, and if there’s any white color wire available in the circuit, then it means that your circuit has a neutral wire.

You can also determine it by establishing how old your house is. If it was built before the 1980s, then there are great chances that your home doesn’t have the neutral wire in the lighting circuit switches. If it was built after the 1980s, then it should have a neutral wire in the switches.

As always, we recommend consulting a qualified electrician if you are unsure about what you are doing.

How Does a Smart Light Switch Work without a Neutral Wire?

A Smart Light Switch that doesn’t depend on neutral wiring uses innovative technology to circumvent the need for a neutral wire. They use alternative methods such as capacitive or bypass technology, to power the switch and enable remote control functionality.

Can I install a No-Neutral Smart Light Switch by Myself?

Absolutely! Most Smart Light Switches without a neutral wire requirement come with easy-to-follow installation instructions. So as long as you're comfortable working with electrical wiring and can isolate the circuit, you should be able to install it yourself. 

However, if you have any doubts, it's always best to consult a professional electrician.

Can I Still Install a No-Neutral Smart Light Switch even if I have a Neutral Wire Setup?

Yes, definitely! Smart Light Switches with No Neutral are designed to work in two different modes: with or without a neutral wire. So, if you have a neutral wire available, you can still use these switches by simply wiring it as a traditional switch.

How I Tested

For this article, I had to conduct thorough research and testing in order to identify the best options available. 

So after gathering a list of viable options, I focused on factors such as ease of installation, compatibility with different lights and dimmer settings, reliability of performance, and user-friendly features. 

This helped whittle down the list of smart devices to 8 smart light switches which were reliable and covered a variety of requirements and budgets.

Throughout this process, I also took into consideration the customer support provided by the manufacturers. This included assessing the availability of helpful documentation, troubleshooting resources, and responsiveness to inquiries.

Verdict

When it comes to adding smart lighting to pre-80s homes, you can either set up smart light bulbs or go for these no-neutral smart light switches. 

For the majority of homes, I recommend the latter option since it’s more affordable, offers more reliable smart functionality, and works well with your existing light bulbs. 

So in keeping up with that, my main recommendation is the Lutron Caseta Smart Lighting and Dimmer Switch while I also recommend Aqara as a no-nonsense, no-neutral smart switch for non-dimmable light systems.

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  • Varun
    Posted December 28, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    The C by GE is the best IMO. It’s priced better than the other switches. But, the design “awww…, what were they thinking”

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