Wood deck featuring LED post cap lights

9 tips to remember when using a contractor

  1. Get Involved & Stay Involved – even if it is walking the job on a daily basis the more you are involved the more input you will have to ensure the job is going to meet the same expectations. Your level of involvement in the project will determine the outcome of the project.
  2. Researching Your Contractor – avoid using discount and free sites like Craigslist and Angie’s List.  We have found in some cases that these contractors are unlicensed, uninsured, and underqualified.  You really want to look at each company’s website and review previous jobs that they have done.  Those that have invested to create a good quality website typically do good quality contracting work.
    • You also want to understand who is going to be doing the work.  We find that Owner-Operator companies are the most reputable and the highest quality since they will be doing the work themselves.  TIP! – These people are not available two weeks out.  You need to be booking with them a few months in advance.
  3. Get Everything in Writing – verbals Can Kill – sign off and initial on the plans as well as any changes to the plans.  Again, ensuring that everyone has the same expectations.  Also, ensure that there is a schedule.  Weather Happens – so make sure that you build out your schedule in milestones, not just a beginning and end date.  Before issuing a deposit check make sure you have a contract, a schedule and schematic of the project.
  4. Choosing Quality Materials Is Key – don’t take the low-end route.  Low price almost always means low quality and while it sometimes looks good in the showroom that is something completely different than how it holds up to the elements.  Pay more now and less on repairs later.
    • For decking products consider composite materials over traditional wood materials.  They are UV stable, don’t warp, swell, they retain their color, are slip-resistant.  The only downside really is that they heat up.  We recommend Trex as one of the top products on the market.
  5. Accessories and Originality – customizing your project with your own unique touches keeping your deck from looking like your neighbors.  DEKOR offers a multitude of different lighting and deck railing options like post caps, balusters, etc, make sure to differentiate.
  6. Lighting, Lighting, Lighting! – the most important part of the project because you can provide a beautiful ambiance for the space you’re in.  If you’re comfortable in a space you’ll be more likely to spend more time there.
  7. Controls – hopefully you took our advice on point number 6 and added lighting, now it’s important to understand how to control those lights. DEKOR offers a multitude of different options including handheld controls, smartphone and smart devices like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Control4, and more through the DEKORKONNECT WiFi-enabled controller.  We also offer products like the EZ motion sensors to automatically light your space to provide safety and security.
  8. Closely Check for Issues/Flaws – make sure that your contract includes a note that final payment is due upon your satisfaction.  Develop a punch list of tasks that need to be completed prior to signing off.  Do not get pressured into doing this in a short amount of time.  Take a weekend to develop this list and use another set of eyes if available.  Then go through this with your contractor.
  9. Warranties – warranties protect you against unexpected happenings.  Reputable contractors will typically have a warranty on labor and workmanship for at least a year.  Material warranties will be carried by the manufacturer and those are typically carried for 5-10 years. Make sure that the warranty is in writing.  Lastly, get a ‘lien release’ from the contractor and subs.  An example is 6 months after your job is done by a subcontractor that wasn’t paid by the original contractor and now they can put a lien on your house for non-payment of the work.


Please contact our Customer Care team for questions about products, installation tips, and more.


Yes, DEKOR® manufactures all circuitry in Denver, CO providing excellent quality.

DEKOR® offers a COLORKONNECT WiFi controller and through the app you can dim the lights, change colors, and set schedules. You may also control light colors with dimming capability manually on the front face of the COLORKONNECT WiFi device.

When using the COLORKONNECT WiFi controller app provides you the ability to control your lights regardless of where you are located.

The 3W4PORT splitter/repeater has two functionalities: the splitter is used to connect the power wire and the three additional ports for 2-3 lights based on your lighting plan. The repeater is to be used every 20’ with long cable runs and at the light connections to enhance the signal creating pure colors from the first light to the last.

DEKOR® offers a simple 3W4PORT Plug-N-Play system with various cable lengths to make the install easy in any application.

You may change colors and dim the lights manually on the COLORKONNECT device.

Yes, with the use of two or more COLORKONNECT WiFi controllers and wiring two or more zones will deliver different light color patterns.

You may power up to 60-watts of light usage or 28 individual lights.
Our lights are 46% brighter and we have a dedicated pure white channel.
We offer a variety of lengths for any application—20”, 5’, 10’ and 20’.

Yes, you can add to your current non-RGBW DEKOR® lighting system by adding RGBW lights!  While the non-RGBW DEKOR lighting system is a 2-wire direct current system, and the RGBW DEKOR lighting system is a 3-wire direct current system, you are able to integrate both systems by creating a separate zone.  Either using a splitter running from you current transformer or upgrading to a 100 or 200 watt transformer, which has more than one output from the transformer, you can create an additional zone or zones.  Please call us if you need us to walk you through this!

The transconnect cable is for our standard DEKOR® Lighting 2-wire lights. The COLORCONNECT WiFi controller is a 3-wire system. The male-to-male cables come in lengths of 20”, 5’, 10’, 20’ are to be used to connect the COLORCONNECT WiFi controller and then to your first light.

For our RGBW system: The 36-watt and the 60-watt transformers will include one (1) 20’ 3WPNP male-to-male cable. The 100-watt transformer will come with (1) transconnect cable and (1) 20’ 3WPNP male-to-male cable. The 200-watt transformer will include (1) 20’ transconnect cable with two lead wires and (1) 20’ 3WPNP male-to-male cable.

The 3W4PORT splitter/repeater may only be used with the RGBW system. The 6-port splitter is a two wire and can only be used with our standard DEKOR® Lighting system.