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How Does Deako Work?

The ultimate guide to setting up your Deako system

Learn how to easily set up your Deako light switches and see how other homeowners use theirs

The scoop on Deako


A plug-n-play light switch system that can be easily changed or upgraded without wiring or turning the power off.


Customizing your lighting hasn’t been easy, until now. With Deako changing a light switch takes seconds.


We’ll refrain from getting too technical. We cut the light switch in half so if you want to upgrade, all you have to do is plug a switch in!


Setting up your new switch

Step 1: identify your light switch

Identify the light switch you want to customize and pull the faceplate from the corners to remove.

Step 2: pull the blue tab

Pull the blue tab at the top of the switch toward you.

Step 3: remove the switch

The switch will pop out. Remove and set aside.

Step 4: plug in your switch

Plug in your Deako switch and push in the blue tab.

Step 5: replace the faceplate

Replace the faceplate and voila! You’ve installed a Deako switch!

Simple Dimmers & Simple Motion Sensors

For Simple Dimmers and Simple Motion Sensor & Timers, you can start using those switches to control your lighting immediately. If you want to adjust the settings on those switches, check out these helpful articles on trimming dimmer switches and adjusting motion sensor settings.
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Pairing your Smart Switch with the app

Stop! Are you installing a group of switches to control one light?

If you are, we need to link those switches before pairing them with the app. This video will walk you through the process. Once you’re done, skip to step 3 below.

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Hey, I'm Tory

And I’m here to help you with pairing switches with the app. In just a few steps, you’ll be able to control your lights from your phone. Click the play video button, or follow the steps below to learn how!

Step 1: download the app

Download the Deako app from the App Store or Play Store.

Step 2: install your switches

Install your Smart Switch by plugging it in to your desired location.

Step 3: pair your switches

Pair your Smart Switch with your Deako app by following along with the walkthrough in the app or watching this video.

Pro tip

When you’re naming your lights, make sure you have a system that you and other members of your household will easily understand. It can be helpful to be specific and use terms like “kitchen cans,” “kitchen sink,” or “island pendants” rather than using “light” for each area. This is particularly important if you go on to integrate your Deako smart products with a voice assistant.

Linking switches

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Tory here again

Now we’re going to go through linking groups of switches together. It’s easier than it sounds, I promise! Make sure you have your switches ready to go and let’s get started.

Hold the phone!

If you’d like to use Smart Dimmers, make sure that you have 1 Master Smart Dimmer and Remote Smart Dimmers. For example, a light with 3 switches controlling it will need 2 Remote Smart Dimmers and 1 Master Smart Dimmer. Check out this video for more info.

Step 1: identify your switches

Identify the switches in the set that you’re upgrading.

Step 2: find the powered switch

Find the power switch by plugging your Smart Switch into a backplate and watching for Configure button to flash green. If it doesn’t flash green, no worries – just move on to the next backplate.

Step 3: press & hold the Configure button

Once it stops flashing green, press and hold Configure button until it starts flashing purple.

Step 4: rinse & repeat

Follow the same steps at each backplate until you reach the last switch. Once all the switches are flashing purple, press and hold the Configure button on any switch until it starts flashing white.
I’ll go through the linking process for about 45 seconds, then you’ll be good to go!

Customizing your Smart Switches with features

Step 1: open the Deako app

Open the app and select the

Step 2: select your customization

Select the feature that you would like to customize.

Step 3: choose your switches

Select the light switches you want to set up with your feature.

Step 4: customize

Customize to your liking and save!


Group all downstairs lights together so that when you head up for bed, it just takes one tap to turn them all off.


Group lights to turn on/off for different kinds of activities. Time to get up? Program a good morning scene to turn on all lights. Movie time? Turn off the brightest lights to set the scene with one click.


Set a timer on often forgotten lights; kids rooms, closets, or the basement. Frequently forget to turn off that bathroom fan? Timers come in handy there as well.


Never come home to a dark house when you schedule outdoor lights to turn on at sunset. Heading out of town? Schedule interior lights to come on and off at different times so it doesn’t look like your home is empty.


Using Deako with a voice assistant

With Deako smart products you have the capability of integrating your voice assistant with your light switches. Automate your lighting and create scenes that activate multiple smart home products at once.


Tips & tricks

Experiment with switch placement

Not sure exactly where you’ll get the most value out of your upgrade light switch? Not a problem. Because you’re the proud owner of a Deako Lighting system, you can always experiment with using those switches in different places.

Don’t forget: if you’re plugging in Smart Switches on a multiway (where two or more switches control the same light) you’ll need to link them to each other.

Build your system

Your home has Deako backplates installed throughout, allowing you to make the lighting upgrades that make sense for you and your family. With this unique approach to home lighting, you can mix-n-match any of the Deako products.

Get inspired

Simple Timer

Save energy and your peace of mind with a switch that turns off on its own.

Best for:
  • Bathroom –  Stop babysitting the bathroom fan or lights. Just choose a 10-, 30-, or 60-min timer and they’ll turn off automatically 
  • Hallways – move safely around the house at night or for a late snack without turning on the lights
  • Attic, Garage, Closets – Install it anywhere you or others in the family tend to forget to turn off the lights

Simple Nightlight

Add a subtle glow to a dark room for added safety and security with this easy-to-find switch.
Best for:
  • Children’s bedroom – ease kids’ worries with a warm LED light that would spook any bogeyman
  • Hallways – move safely around the house at night or for a late snack without turning on the lights
  • Bathrooms – subtle lighting is easy on groggy eyes during late night bathroom trips

Simple Dimmer

Adjust the brightness of your lights and create your desired ambiance with a simple, tactile slide dimmer.

Best for:
  • Dining Room – set the ambiance for a nice meal
  • Bedrooms – wind down with dim lighting before sleep
  • Multi-use spaces – set the tone depending on activity

Smart Switch

The utility player that sets your home up for safety and convenience.

Best for:
  • Outdoor Lights – sunrise/sunset schedule
  • Hallway/Stairs – schedules or timers so you don’t trip in the dark!
  • Kids Rooms – set timers so they don’t get left on.

Smart Dimmer

The luxury choice that combines smart lighting automation with remote and tactile dimming for ultimate control.
Best for:
  • Open concept living/dining/kitchen – you need them everywhere!
  • Bedroom – wind down or wake up gradually with adjustable lighting
  • Master bath – No aggressively bright lights for middle-of-the-night trips

Motion Sensor Switch

The simple switch with smart capabilities, this energy-saving and efficient switch detects motion to trigger lights for simple automation.

Best for:

  • Laundry room – lights come on automatically when hands are full
  • Garage – no fumbling for lights when taking out the garbage
  • Pantry – never forget to turn out the lights after grabbing a snack
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