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

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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!

Set Up

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 article will walk you through the process. Once you’re done, skip to step 3 below.

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. 

Set Up

Linking switches

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!


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

Deako Simple Dimmer

  • Entertain in style by dimming lights in common areas like dining and living rooms
  • Put a sleepy baby to bed in low, soothing lighting
  • Dim bright bathroom lights for more pleasant nighttime trips
  • Ease into the day with adjustable lighting placed in the master bedroom

Deako Smart Switch

  • Put your mind at ease by setting Schedules on outdoor lights to come on and off at certain times of day
  • Never argue again about who has to get up to turn off the lights before bed
  • Set Timers on kids’ rooms to stop having to check if lights were left on
  • Hear a noise in the dark? Turn on the lights from your phone before you investigate

Deako Smart Dimmer

  • Dim living room or family room lights from the couch when it’s time for a movie
  • Set a Schedule on kids’ rooms so lights begin to dim when it’s time for bed
  • Have outdoor lights dimmed down for romantic evenings looking at the stars

Deako + Voice Assistants

  • Ask your voice assistant to turn on the kitchen lights as you come down in the morning to make coffee
  • Arms full of groceries? Tell your assistant to get the lights for you as you come in from the garage
  • Use your voice assistant to run multiple smart home products at once. If your smart doorbell is pressed, your light can come on automatically

Deako Automation

  • Set Timers on often forgotten lights so you no longer need to worry about whether or not they were turned off
  • Combine your Deako Lighting system with other smart home products to run programs based on certain actions or time of day
  • Set Schedules on your outdoor lights so you always come home to a well-lit house
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