A neutral, ground, line, and load wire is required for the Orro Switch to work. If you’re not sure if you have these necessary wires, the best way to find out is to check inside your switch box. This article provides the steps required to check your switch box for the required wiring.
NOTE: Orro is dedicated to ensuring your safety when installing the Orro Switch. If you are unsure of or are wary of working with electrical wiring, please contact a professional electrician. This article provides the steps to begin the uninstall of your existing switch and locate the necessary wires for the installation of your Orro Switch.
Step 1: Gather the required tools
Below are the tools required to install the Orro Switch:
- Flathead Screwdriver
- Philips Screwdriver
- Pliers (recommended)
Step 2: Turn off power to the switch
Before installing the Orro Switch, you must turn off the circuit breaker for the light switch you are replacing. If you are working with a multi-gang switch plate/box, you must turn off the power to ALL switches and outlets in that switch box. Breakers may be found in a garage, hallway, basement, or on the building exterior. If you cannot find the specific breaker for the switch you’re replacing, turn off the master breaker.
IMPORTANT: Check that the power is OFF by toggling your switch on and off a couple of times. The lights should not turn on.
Step 3: Remove the faceplate
If the faceplate screws are exposed, unscrew to remove them. If you have a snap-on faceplate, you will have to pop off the top piece and then unscrew the bottom piece to remove it. If you are having trouble removing your faceplate, please click here.
Step 4: Unscrew the switch
Remove the screws from the top and bottom of the switch.
Step 5: Pull the switch out of the wall
Pull the switch out as far as possible so that you can clearly see all the wires in the switch box. DO NOT detach any wires yet.
Step 6: Take a photo
Keep track of your existing wires. Take a close up photo showing the wire connections. We suggest taking photos from multiple angles of the inside of the switch box as well. This will also help if you contact Orro Support.
Step 7: Identify your wires
Identify the Neutral Wires
- A neutral wire is required to install the Orro Switch.
- If your house was built in the mid-1980s or later, you’re likely to have neutral wires in your home.
- Generally, the neutral wire is going to be colored white or light grey. It may be other colors if the electrician followed a different scheme.
The neutral wire(s) can be:
- a single connected wire
- a bundle of white wires capped with a wire nut
- a single wire attached to your existing switch
Identify the Ground Wires
- A ground wire is required to install the Orro Switch.
- If your house was built in the mid-1980s or later, you’re likely to have ground wires in your home.
- Generally, the ground wire is going to be bare copper or colored green. It may be other colors if the electrician followed a different scheme.
- NOTE: Some homes may not have a ground wire as the switch box themselves are grounded. If this is the case, please consult a professional electrician so they can re-wire or connect the ground wire to the switch box.
Identify the Line Wire
- Generally, the line wire is going to be colored black or red and connected to the bottom half of your existing switch.
- The line wire may be marked with “line”, “pwr”, or a lightning bolt symbol.
- The line wire may be indicated with a black or silver screw that is a different color than any other screws on the switch.
Identify the Load Wire
- Generally, the load wire is going to be colored black or red and connected to the top half of your existing switch.
- If the wire is coming from the top of the switch box, it is likely your load wire.
Step 8: Label your wires
Label your wires using the wire labels provided in the Orro Switch packaging.
Step 9: Continue installation or get help
If you have questions or need more information from the Orro team, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.