I'm trying to come up with a home automation solution that, when the garage is opened, it will trigger selected recessed lights inside the home to be turned on. Our home is still being built, so there are no restrictions on what we can use for solutions. We don't currently have any automation devices in our home. Thank you for your help and suggestions.
You can do that and more using INSTEON. Power the recessed lights using SwitchLincs, use a wireless Open/Closed sensor connected to a tilt sensor on each garage door, then tie them together with a model 2245 INSTEON Hub and the Stringify service.
An important consideration when planning for home automation is standard wiring throughout. The reason is that if you do special wiring, then neither you nor a prospective buyer can go back. It's alway's better to have a choice, most especially if that choice adds nothing to the cost.
Although it's standard practice now, it's a good idea to remind the electrician/contractor that you want a neutral wire in every switch box.
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