IFTTT Open Trigger Timing

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I started my 30 day trial yesterday and have now set it up so that the lights in my garage turn on when the garage door is opened and off when it is closed. What is annoying is that the trigger does not actually start the process until the garage door is completely open. So what I see is garage door starts moving up, then comes to a complete stop, then a several seconds later the light comes on. Why can't it send a signal when the door starts to open so that the lights will be on by the time it is completely open?
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Matthew Reed

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The sensor attached to the door doesn't change its orientation until the door is completely open.  More appropriate would be a trigger that immediately tails the command issued to actually open the door.  This however could lead to a possibility of the light not actually being in-sync with the door position.  I doubt we will actually see that added.
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I don’t see how the light could get out of sync when it is receiving discrete on and off commands. I guess I may need to add a motion sensor to pick up its initial movement and have that also trigger a light on command.
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My comment (in-sync) had to do with what would be MY wish on this operation NOT with how things ARE in your setup.  
Ideal open: 
1. Command to open door is transmitted.
2. Door begins to open.
3. Command to turn on light is transmitted.
4. Light turns on.
5. Door sensor confirms that door has opened fully.
Done.
Ideal close:
1. Command to close door is transmitted.
2. Door begins to close.
3. Door sensor confirms that door has closed completely.
4. Command to turn light off is transmitted.
Done.
Areas where things get hairy are:
Errors in operation like obstacles, missed commands, interference (someone punches a button while your operation is running)
Adding delays for the light operations.... etc.
Adding alerting/logging functions to all the functions....

IFTTT is only as perfect as the programming and functional availability from each manufacturer.
This is why I don't program for a living AND why I'm a difficult consumer to please!  :)

Good luck.
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Just to close the loop on this, I put in a WiFi motion sensor that triggers an IFTTT webhook that turns the lights on. They are now on by the time the door is about 1/3 of the way up.