Smart switches or smart bulbs: What’s the best way to use these connected devices in the smart home of your dreams? While we wish a smart device could install itself, that’s not the case. (At least right now.) In fact, many homeowners find they have to become experts, and quickly, in how their homes are wired when trying to install devices like smart switches and smart bulbs. Here’s a short, but thorough, outline on how electricity runs through your walls, what smart devices need for their own power, and how to make the two work together. One of the biggest challenges consumers face when building a new smart home is understanding the wiring behind their walls. For instance, did you know that you need a C-Wire to turn your thermostat into a smart thermostat? Well, you do and most consumers don’t realize this little detail until after they’ve purchased a smart thermostat and start installing the device. The same is true for installing smart switches and outlets. According to CMoo Systems, 90 percent of the homes worldwide (and 50% in US and CA) are not capable of powering today’s smart home devices at the light switch location unless the homeown...