Smart light instead of the supplied LED light?

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I just got 3 8500w openers.  I have 20 can lights in my garage and I was wondering if it is possible to uses a few wifi smart can lights to come on when the doors open instead of the supplies LED wireless lights?
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Curt Cepican

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I have never installed the light that came with the garage door opener (8500). Instead, Instead, I am using an 828LM to tie the garage door into my network. Then I am using a home automation system that detects when the garage door opens and when it's night time then the home automation system turn on my z-wave light switches. I do the same when I enter the garage from the house or when the motion sensor in the garage is triggered.

So basically what you need is some kind of home automation system that can get the status of your garage. Then replace your switches with some WiFi, Z-wave or similar switches that your home automation system support and you are all set. 


Note that Chamberlain is pretty limited in what systems they support and on top of that they charge $10/year. That allows you to close the door and get status but not opening the door. Pretty much every other company offers such services for free but Chamberlain wants to charge for it. I use a different solution and people have shown some projects to avoid those charges.
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You can setup a 823LM wall switch to be controlled by the garage door lights.  So when the garage door lights turn on/off the 823LM will turn on/off the other lights.  You can use the wall switch to turn the lights on/off independent of the garage lights.

The only concern is the load 20 can lights generate and if the 823LM is rated for it.  Also you must have a ground wire for the 823LM to work.
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Thanks for the info! I only want to have 2 maybe 4 of the can lights go on when the doors open.  Now if I use the 823LM can I still control those 2-4 lights with a separate switch? 


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No, the 823LM is not a three-way switch.  You can only use it's built in switch.

Also it can be paired with the remote controls, the gatway, or the bridge.
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Ok makes sense.  So I have the 20 lights on 2 switches.  So I can replace one of the switches with the 823LM and those lights can go on when the doors open? Can you dim the lights that are in the 823LM?
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No, just on/off.  You could get two 823LM and then set both up and then all the lights would come on.

I have two can lights in my Den that come on with the garage door lights.  I hated coming into my house at night with no lights on and this was perfect for my needs.

I am not sure if the wall switches work with Google or IFTTT.  I've never attempted either.
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You said "I only want to have 2 maybe 4 of the can lights go on when the doors open." Then you said "So I have the 20 lights on 2 switches." Considering this, going with Sir MAKs solution, you will have to change the wiring so only 2-4 lights go to one switch and the other 16-18 lights go to the other switch. If the wiring is easily accessible then that should be doable but you might want to hire an electrician. 

Having said that, consider twice to go with some Chamberlain solution. One way or another you will probably end up paying a monthly fee as they try to monetize integration (while most companies include it for free). If instead you chose an independent solution you can make sure your system still works if Chamberlain goes out of business and it will give you a lot more options that Chamberlain doesn't offer.