Eliminate Radio Frequency Intereference with Your Garage Door Opener
Is it a good idea to use an LED light bulb in your garage door opener? The answer is maybe. LED light bulbs are a great innovation – energy saving, long lasting, reliable lighting.
In most cases, LED lighting can be used in an automatic garage door opener system and everything will work fine. This being said, there are some cases where installing an LED lighting solution in your garage door opener can cause a bit of trouble. How can a light bulb cause trouble? An LED bulb can interfere with the radio control signals so the door will not open reliably when activated by the radio control transmitter. If you are old enough to remember the days a fluorescent light fixture interfered with an AM/FM radio, you will understand. We are often asked how to determine if an LED bulb or a CFL bulb will create a problem with the operation of a particular automatic garage door opener system. In most cases, the best answer we can give is to try it – if everything works normally, great news. If the opener system has historically worked reliably and after changing the lighting to LED it begins to act erratically, it is a good bet the light bulb is the problem. Remove the bulbs and try the unit again – if the problem is resolved, you will need to return to using conventional light bulbs.
When selecting LED bulbs, remember all bulbs are not created equal. Some are more attractively priced than others. We recommend buying a name brand – even if it costs a bit more. LED bulbs use a power supply than can emit electromagnetic interference. This is what causes the problem for the radio control signal. In general, better bulbs will emit less interference allowing your radio control signal to work properly. Newer opener systems are more likely to function with LED bulbs and some manufacturers offer bulbs that have been tested for electromagnetic interference. If you find bulbs purchased at the local department store are creating operational issues, check with a local garage door dealer such as Overhead Door Co. of Central Jersey to see if they stock low interference LED light bulbs. Typically these specialty bulbs would be 60 watt equivalent, low interference, and non-dimmable, cold weather tested and suitable for damp locations.
So – if you are trying to become incandescent free, go ahead and replace the bulbs in your garage door opener. If the radio control range (distance of operation) and reliability are unchanged, everything is fine. If there is a noticeable difference in range or reliability, consider a specialty bulb or go back to a regular rough service incandescent bulb.
Also – keep in mind any other light bulb or fixture changes if your garage door opener system begins to be unreliable when activated by the radio control transmitter. For example, if you recently added four LED shop light fixtures to your garage and the garage door opener system suddenly becomes less reliable or the radio control does not function, the LED fixtures could be causing the problem. Turn off and unplug these fixtures and try the garage door opener system. If it works properly your new fixtures are most probably emitting too much interference for the receiver board in the garage door opener system.
Our highly skilled technicians at Overhead Door Company of Central Jersey can install cost-effective and efficient LED lighting solutions for your garage door opener.
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