DIY smart home: What’s a neutral wire and what do to if you don’t have one

DIY Smart Home

This story is part of an ongoing DIY smart home series. Be sure to check out the latest installments to follow the renovation process from start to finish.

My spiral down the rabbit hole of rewiring my DIY smart home started with a seemingly simple question: “Does your house have a neutral wire?” 

The folks from Brilliant Smart Home System wanted to know whether their aptly named smart control panel would work in my home. While I knew of electrical compatibility issues with older houses, I hadn’t considered whether mine had the proper wiring in place before ordering new smart switches.