Deako Smart Lighting | 4-way Retrofit

Section title

Retrofit Install

4-Way


  • Installation Overview
  • Pull Out Old Switches
  • Identify Your Wires (A)
  • Identify Your Wires (B)
  • Identify Your Wires (C)
  • Install Deako Backplates (A)
  • Install Deako Backplates (B)
  • Install Deako Backplates (C)
  • Plug in Deako Switch
  • Simple Switch
  • Smart Switch
  • Smart Dimmer
  • Installation Complete

Installation Overview


This installation guide will walk you through uninstalling your existing switches and installing Deako Switches in a 4-way circuit.

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Step 1 of 4

Turn off the power


Identify the appropriate circuit breaker at your panel and flip it to the off position.

Step 2 of 4

Remove faceplate & mounting screws


Using a screwdriver, remove all screws attaching the faceplate & switch to the junction box.

Step 3 of 4

Carefully pull switch out


Pull the switch straight out so that you can see the wires & where they are attached to the switch.

Step 4 of 4

Repeat for each switch in the circuit


Move to the next switch in the circuit and repeat the previous section for that switch.

Once you have uninstalled the existing switches in the circuit, continue to the next section.


Step 1 of 5

Identifying wires in a 4-way circuit


Standard 4-way circuits include two 3-way switches (one in the line location and one in the load location) and one or more 4-way switches in the load location.

There are many other ways of wiring 4-way circuits and we highly recommend consulting a professional electrician if you encounter an issue


Step 2 of 5

Start at the 3-way line switch


This is the switch closest to the power source.

Step 3 of 5

Identify the common


The common wire will be attached to the black screw on a 3-way switch.

Step 4 of 5

Remove the common and mark it


Using a screwdriver, remove the common and mark it by twisting a wire nut onto it.

Step 5 of 5

Remove the other wires


Remove the other wires from the 3-way switch at the line location.

The travelers will be on the brass or gold screws. The ground will be on the green screw.


Move to the 3-way Load switch


Move to the 3-way load switch in the circuit and repeat steps 3-5 in the previous section (Identify Your Wires (A)) for that switch.

Once you have identified the wires for both 3-way switches (at the line and load locations), continue to the next section.


Step 1 of 4

Move to the 4-way line switch


If there are more than three switches in the circuit you will have more than one 4-way line switch.

Start with the 4-way line switch closest to the 3-way line switch.

Step 2 of 4

Remove "input" travelers & mark them


Using a screwdriver, remove the pair of wires from the switch labeled "input" (these originate from the 3-way line) and mark them by twisting wire nuts to them.

We recommend performing a continuity check on each pair to verify the wire's path.


Step 3 of 4

Remove "output" travelers


Remove the pair of wires from the switch labeled "Output" (these go to the 3-way load or next 4-way switch).

We recommend performing a continuity check on each pair to verify the wire's path.


Step 4 of 4

If you have more than one 4-way line


If you have more than one 4-way line in your 4-way circuit, repeat this section for the other backplate.

Once you have identified the wires in all 4-way line locations in the circuit, continue to the next section.


Step 1 of 5

Turn off the power


Identify the appropriate circuit breaker at your panel and flip it to the off position.

Step 2 of 5

Strip existing wires at the 3-way line location


Strip the wires coming out of the wall to 3/8". Do not shorten the Deako Backplate wires.

Step 3 of 5

Trim yellow wires on a Deako Backplate


Using wire cutters, trim the yellow wires on a Deako Backplate so that it is flush to the plastic (you will not need this wire).

Step 4 of 5

Connect wires for the 3-way line


Using wire nuts, connect the wires as show in the diagram above for the 3-way line.

Note the color of the traveler wire you connect to both the blue and red Deako wires before moving onto the next step (Deako switches are polarity sensitive).

Step 5 of 5

Screw in Deako Backplate


  • a. Carefully manage wires into the junction box
  • b. Once backplate can be pressed flush to wall, screw the Deako Backplate into the junction box using included screws

Step 1 of 4

Strip existing wires at the 4-way line location


Move to the 4-way location of the circuit and strip the wires coming out of the wall to 3/8".
Do not shorten the Deako Backplate wires.

Step 2 of 4

Connect wires for the 4-way line


Using wire nuts, connect the wires as show in the diagram above for the 4-way line.

The blue and red Deako wires will be connected to the pair of travelers you marked with wire nuts earlier. The yellow and black Deako wires will be connected to the other pair.

Step 3 of 4

Screw in Deako Backplate


  • a. Carefully manage wires into the junction box
  • b. Once backplate can be pressed flush to wall, screw the Deako Backplate into the junction box using included screws

Step 4 of 4

If you have more than one 4-way line


If you have more than one 4-way line in your 4-way circuit, repeat this section for the other backplate.

Once you have installed Deako Backplates in all 4-way line locations in the circuit, continue to the next section.

Step 1 of 5

Strip existing wires at the 3-way load location


Move to the 3-way line load of the circuit and strip the wires coming out of the wall to 3/8".
Do not shorten the Deako Backplate wires.

Step 2 of 5

Trim yellow wire on a Deako Backplate


Using wire cutters, trim the yellow wire on a Deako Backplate so that it is flush to the plastic (you will not need this wire).

Step 3 of 5

Connect wires for the 3-way load


Using wire nuts, connect the wires as show in the diagram above for the 3-way load.

Step 4 of 5

Screw in Deako Backplate


  • a. Carefully manage wires into the junction box
  • b. Once backplate can be pressed flush to wall, screw the Deako Backplate into the junction box using included screws

Step 5 of 5

Turn the power on


Identify the appropriate circuit breaker at your panel and flip it to the on position.

What kind of switches are you installing?



Deako Simple Switch


Deako Smart Switch


Deako Smart Dimmer



Step 1 of 3

Plug in a Deako Simple Switch


Install a Deako Simple Switch into one of the Deako Backplates.

  • a. Insert the switch into the Deako Backplate
  • b. Align the blue tab with the slot on the Deako Switch
  • c. While pressing the switch inwards, push in the blue tab

Step 2 of 3

Snap on Deako Faceplate


Install the Deako Faceplate by snapping it onto the backplate.

Step 3 of 3

Repeat for each switch in the circuit


Move to the next switch in the circuit and repeat this section for each switch in the circuit.
Once you have installed Deako Simple Switches into each switch in the circuit, continue to the next step.


Step 1 of 4

Plug in a Deako Smart Switch


Install a Deako Smart Switch into one of the Deako Backplates.

  • a. Insert the switch into the Deako Backplate
  • b. Align the blue tab with the slot on the Deako Switch
  • c. While pressing the switch inwards, push in the blue tab

Step 2 of 4

Snap on Deako Faceplate


Install the Deako Faceplate by snapping it onto the backplate.

Step 3 of 4

Repeat for each switch in the circuit


Move to the next switch in the circuit and repeat this section for each switch in the circuit.
Once you have installed Deako Smart Switches into each switch in the circuit, continue to the next step.

Step 4 of 4

3-way & 4-way linking


Deako Smart Switches and Smart Dimmers are single-pole by default. To change them into 3-way and 4-way switches, follow the instructions above.

If you would prefer written instructions, click here.

Troubleshooting

If a switch continues flashing for more than a minute, exit pairing mode by pressing and holding the switch for 6 seconds. Then, before retrying, factory reset each switch in the circuit. How do I factory reset a Deako Switch?



Step 1 of 5

Plug in Deako Smart Switches


Install Deako Smart Switches into the line locations in the circuit.

  • a. Insert the switch into the Deako Backplate
  • b. Align the blue tab with the slot on the Deako Switch
  • c. While pressing the switch inwards, push in the blue tab

If you need help identifying your line and load locations, check out How to do I find the line and load locations?


Deako Smart Dimmers must only be installed at the load location of the circuit


Step 2 of 5

Snap on Deako Faceplate


Install the Deako Faceplate by snapping it onto the backplate.

Step 3 of 5

Plug a Deako Smart Dimmer into the load


Install a Deako Smart Dimmer into the load location of the circuit.

  • a. Insert the switch into the Deako Backplate
  • b. Align the blue tab with the slot on the Deako Switch
  • c. While pressing the switch inwards, push in the blue tab

If you need help identifying your line and load locations, check out How to do I find the line and load locations?


Deako Smart Dimmers must only be installed at the load location of the circuit


Step 4 of 5

Snap on Deako Faceplate


Install the Deako Faceplate by snapping it onto the backplate.

Step 5 of 5

3-way & 4-way linking


Deako Smart Switches and Smart Dimmers are single-pole by default. To change them into 3-way and 4-way switches, follow the instructions above.

If you would prefer written instructions, click here.

Troubleshooting

If a switch continues flashing for more than a minute, exit pairing mode by pressing and holding the switch for 6 seconds. Then, before retrying, factory reset each switch in the circuit. How do I factory reset a Deako Switch?


You're all done!


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