Frequently asked questions

Can I control my lights with my smart phone?

Yes, but that isn't the only thing you can do. You can control any light in your house from any switch or using your voice!

Deako switches can control "Scenes"-what does that mean?

This means you can turn on, off or dim any group of lights to a saved preset value. The most common scene would be "Goodnight mode" where all the lights in your house turn off, or "Dinner mode" when the lights get set for eating dinner. But anything is possible, it is fully programmable by you!

Deako switches support "Schedules"-what does that mean?

You can program any switch to turn on, off or dim at preset times. A common use is to have your outside lights turn on in the evening and go off early in the morning. This is also great for having lights turned on when you aren't at home making the house look like you are at home.

Deako switches support "Timers"-what does that mean?

That your light switches will automatically turn off after a set time limit. This is great for bathroom fans or areas of your home that you typically only use for a few minutes like hallways, closets, pantries or bedrooms.

Can I control my Deako switches with Amazon Alexa?

Yes. We support Amazon Alexa. You can turn on, off or dim a single light or a group of lights with your voice. You can also activate a scene. So, you can say phrases like "Alexa turn off the Outside Lights", "Alexa set the kitchen overhead lights to 20%" or "Alexa dim the TV Room lights by 50%".

For a quick quide to connecting Alexa with your Deako Smart Lighting system, check out our video.

Can I control my Deako switches with Google Home?

Yes, we integrate with Google Assistant for Google Home. Check out our video guide for setting up Google Assistant with your Deako Lighting System!

Do you work with Apple Homekit?

Not yet. Our hardware supports Apple Homekit but we haven't completed all the software and certification testing yet. An upcoming release is on our roadmap to update all existing products to include support for Apple Homekit.

Can I replace my existing switches with Deako switches? I'm worried they won't fit.

Yes, you can replace them, they will fit. All switches in the US and Canada have to conform to a standard height and width. In some tight spots there may be junction boxes that are only 2" deep, and Deako switches can fit in there too.

I have multiple switches side-by-side can Deako switches work here?

Yes. When multiple switches are beside each other behind a single faceplate this is called a multi-gang box. We support 1, 2, 3, 4, 5-gang configurations.

I have a switch and an outlet beside each other but they share one faceplate? Can Deako switches work here?

Yes. We can support 1, 2 or 3 Deako switches plus 1 additional device that fits inside the common rectangular cut out (often called Decora, Decorator or Rocker). We offer faceplates and backplates that have the rectangular cut out on the right hand or left hand side.

Your switches don't look like they fit in the rectangular faceplate cut out I already have in my house?

That is correct. Our product has a unique look at beauty to it. When you install Deako switches you are removing your existing switches and faceplates. But our switches will fit in the same wall box (called junction box) that you already have in your house.

Can I mix and match a Deako light switch with my existing toggle or rocker switches in the same junction box?

Yes. Our unique product design and modular approach does allow decorator switches and outlets to be combined with certain configurations.

Do I have to change every light switch in my house to be a Deako switch?

No. You don't need to do your entire house with Deako switches, you can have a mix and match between Deako products and other products but aesthetically this may not look great. That is one of the reasons why we offer the Deako Simple Switch. So that everything can look the same without breaking the bank if you can't afford a whole-home smart lighting system right now.

I have two switches that control one set of lights, can Deako switches work here?

Yes, we support this with our products. These are often called multi-way switches, also known as 3-way or 4-way switches, or Two-Pole switches.

Do the Deako switches require any special wiring?

No, we don't require any special wiring. We work off of the existing wires already in your house. Our smart products do require a neutral wire that is common in any home built in the US or Canada in the past 40 years, or has gone through a renovation in that time.

What types of things can I control with my switches?

Anything that can be controlled by a regular light switch. Dimmers should only be used on dimmable lights. Note: Only the Deako Simple Switch will support garbage disposals.

I have a light switch that turns on/off an outlet, can I use a Deako Switch for that?

Yes. We recommend you only use a Deako Smart Dimmer though if you can guarantee that only a Lamp will be plugged into it. Because a dimmer can harm any other type of electronic device.

Is there a distance limit between switches?

Deako uses Bluetooth Mesh, a leading technology that enables us to get maximum wireless coverage within the home. We get about 300ft between each unobstructed switch, and each switch repeats the wireless signal. Construction materials such as metal can interfere with wireless signals, however in most residential applications this is not a problem for Deako's implementation.

Can I control more than one light from my light switch?

Yes. You can control any light in your house from any smart switch. The light you want to control has to be connected to a Deako Smart Switch though of course.

Can I buy one Deako Smart Switch and control all the lights in my house?

No. Unfortunately not. All the lights in your house are on individual circuits that are controlled by at least one switch. Only lights that have a Deako smart switch installed can be controlled so to control all your lights you would need to replace all your light switches.