Deako’s smart home lighting system in new construction homes

Deako’s hook is its price: rather than rewiring the whole house, its smart light switches can be installed along with existing systems, making them cheaper than many whole-house systems.

CEO Derek Richardson said the company will begin beta testing in September, but its main debut will come next year. Deako has signed contracts with builders to be implemented in about 10 percent of all new homes built in Seattle next year.

Any of the touch-screen light switches can be used to turn on a pre-set “scene” in the house — for example, a group of lighting actions might dim a room or turn on lights in only one part of the home.

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