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LouF
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Posted - 01/28/2019 :  10:07:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Currently 3 way circuit in hallway with 1 switch on level1 and 1 switch on level2 working fine. Would like to change over to motion detector switches GE (26931) Z-Wave Motion Detector. Can two motion detector switches be used on the same circuit? Cannot find wiring diagram to support this setup. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

oberkc
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Posted - 01/28/2019 :  5:52:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can tell you that this would be possible with my z-wave controller. Do you have any type of controller or programmer?

I am not sure that this would be a wiring issue, rather you would have to make each z-wave device controller for the other.

Unfortunately, my z-wave experience is limited to a few switches, outlets, and motion sensors.
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DarkRyusan
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Posted - 03/04/2019 :  06:19:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm currently trying to do the exact same thing as OP. I was trying to install the Lutron motion switches (don't have the part number). After a few unsuccessful attempts at installation I've done a bit more research and it looks like the recommendation is to wire the switches in parallel with the light they are controlling. I assume that if you have a wifi enabled model there may be program controls to get around this, but this isn't the case I'm looking at currently.

My experience level is pretty low so I'm learning as I go, but I've reached out to an electrician friend for advise on next steps to work with what I have. Otherwise I'm looking for alternatives to get motion at the top and bottom of the stairs.
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oberkc
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Posted - 03/04/2019 :  6:10:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use insteon and z-wave devices. Certainly, insteon devices would be able to link up to each other without a separate hub. You could, for example, install motion sensors at top and bottom of stairs and have either trigger your lights. Z-wave switches would require a hub.

Many of the smart switches that I have worked with require a hot and neutral to work. Only one of the switches actually controls the load. Recently, however, I have played around with a couple of Leviton homekit switches. The remote switch does NOT require a neutral. You would need to determine whether you have (or could have) hot and neutral in all switch locations.
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