Wiring your outlet

Prepare your setup

  • Take advantage of daylight – you’ll need to disconnect power for installation, so we suggest doing the installation during the day to avoid having to work in the dark.
  • Get your tools ready
  • Screwdriver
  • Phillips head
  • Flathead
  • Voltage detector
  • Optional
  • Wire strippers – in case you encounter wires that need pruning
  • Painter's tape – you may wish to mask off the area below your outlets, so your walls are protected from scratching during installation
  • Flashlight – your phone’s flashlight could do the job
  • A friend or family member – it’s always good to have a helper
  • Confirm compatible load:
  • Use the table below to determine if what you plan to control is within the power requirements of the outlet 
Maximum combined total
Lamp with LED or CFL bulbs150 Watts
Lamp with Incandescent or Halogen bulbs1000 Watts
Appliance15 Amps

Remove old outlet

  • Disconnect power at the breaker panel.
  • Using a voltage tester, make sure power is off at the outlet.
  • Remove outlet wall plate.
  • Remove the mounting screws and pull outlet away from wall.
  • Take note of the type of wiring you have at the outlet:
  • Two wires (one black, one white) + copper ground wire – this outlet is at the end of a run.
  • Four wires (two black, two white) + copper ground wire – this outlet is in the middle of a run and one of the black wires carries power downstream to another location. When wiring the new outlet, you’ll be twisting together the white wires with the white neutral wire on the outlet and the black wires together with the black line wire on the outlet.
  • You have either of the above (a or b) plus a red wire – this is a switched outlet. You’ll want to cap this wire off with a wire nut – it will not be used. If you do have a switch that controls the outlet, you’ll want to replace it with a Nokia Smart Lighting switch and link them together. See [article on pairing]

Note: if you only have black wires and no white wires, using a piece of tape mark the black wire that is connected to the silver terminal on your outlet. That will be your neutral wire. If you don’t have different colored screw terminals, you’ll want to remove the wires from the outlet and use a voltage meter to determine which of the two wires is hot/line.

  • 6. Remove the wires from the old outlet – these wires are sometimes connected by screws or by wire nuts. If wires are pushed into the back of the outlet, use wire cutters to remove.
  • 7. Use wire strippers to straighten the ends if bent and ensure you have ½ inch of exposed wire.

Install new Outlet

  • Connect the green ground wire on the outlet to the ground wires in the wall box.
  • Connect the white neutral wire on the outlet to the neutral wire(s).
  • Connect the black line wire on the outlet to the line wire(s).
  • Gently tug on the wire connections to make sure they are secure. Also make sure there is no exposed wire.
  • Tuck the wires back into the wall box and move the outlet into position.
  • Tighten the Outlet mounting screws and make sure it is properly aligned with the wall box.
  • Return to your breaker panel and turn on the power.

Test your Outlet

  • If your outlet is powered on you will see green or red LED indicators on the front. Red indicates that the power to the outlet is off and green indicates power to the outlet is on.
  • Plug a lamp or appliance into the top or bottom the outlet. Make sure the switch on the lamp or appliance is in the on position. Tap the corresponding set button closest to the outlet to toggle power on/off.

Install the wall plate

While Nokia Smart Lighting switches and outlets are designed to work with standard paddle-style wall plates, for best results use Nokia Smart Lighting Wall Plates. In addition to matching both the color and finish of your Outlet, they feature a screwless top plate for a pure and simple look.