LED Bulbs Interfering with Garage Door Openers and Remotes

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Lighting, Garage Door Openers in Plano, TX, Preserve Your Garage Door Battery in Plano, TX

Light Bulb

What’s the Trouble?

If you have been having some trouble with your garage door opener and remote, as in it will work sometimes and sometimes it won’t work, and can’t for the life of you figure out what the problem is, you should probably look to see what lights you are using around your garage door opener.

Why the LED?

The problem is in the control circuit that provides the long life that LED lights are known for. These lights use their efficiency from what’s called a pulse width modulation. This turns the light off and on more than 15 times per second. Its energy efficient because it actually only uses the light half the time.  The government actually has guidelines for the LED manufacturers that require them to control circuits to operate on frequencies between 30 and 300 MHZ, and most garage door opener remotes use anywhere from 288 and 390 MHZ. We actually want to encourage our customers to switch from using these LED or CFL (compact fluorescent lights) even though they are more cost efficient.

Interference

So What Was the Problem?

There was a large apartment complex building that began receiving some complaints of their garage door openers not functioning right around Christmas time. Come to find out the problem got traced to a Christmas light display that happened to have a lot of LED lights. Every time the Christmas lights got turned on, all the garage door openers went crazy. Not only garage door openers but also radio-controlled toy cars and other low powered devices with limited range are what the Federal Communications Commission classify as “license free spectrum or bands”. Which just means that they are loosely regulated, therein lies the problem. So manufacturers are essentially on the honor system when it comes to controlling the frequency of these objects. Even some of the best designed products can cause unintentional problems from the signal leaking outside of its intended use. Similar conflicts include why airline companies are sometimes so strict on their usage of cell phones being used while in flight, and also why gas stations ask you not to use your cell phone while you are pumping gas.

Frequency Tester

What’s the Solution?

You can have a professionally trained technician come out to your home and confirm that the interference is coming from your light bulbs and not from another source (baby monitors, sprinkler systems, Verizon Fios boxes, you name it!).  But if you want to save some money, you can opt to change your type of lighting in your garage or change the brand of bulbs you might be using.  So if your garage door opener has suddenly gone on the fritz, it might be as simple as changing light bulbs!

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

 

 

 

 

840LM Garage Motion Sensor Light with Wall Switch

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Lighting, Garage Door Openers & Accessories in Plano, TX, Garage Door Safety in Plano, TX

Liftmaster 840LM Motion Sensor Garage Light Product Image

Liftmaster has introduced a brand new product that stands to change mancaves, garages, closets, and attics forever.  The new 840LM 4′ Garage Light is a simple solution for one of the most common shortcomings about the inside of a garage, attic, or closet.  You just can’t see anything, it’s just too dark!

If you look online, you’ll see hundreds of light fixtures that offer plug in compatibility, but most are either cheaply made, aren’t exactly what you were looking for, offer only one florescent light bulb, or cost way too much money.  Enter the Liftmaster 840LM 4′ Garage Light.

840LM Garage Light

With a motion sensor built in to the light fixture, you never have to worry about finding that light switch, or balancing all your work things with your kids’ school materials like a game of Jenga just to be able to see what you’re doing.  Many closets are left without light- in which we commonly buy those battery powered LED lights that just don’t do the trick at all.  And although many garage door openers now come with motion sensing lights, you can barely even tell that your garage door opener lights are on when the 840LM kicks on.

The construction is very well done, and is aimed at simplicity of install.  The metal fixtures and sturdy steel outer mounting clips are a nice touch to a previously neglected area of plug-in lighting.  Screw 2 lagbolts into studs, or 2 toggle bolts (or 30lb screw/anchors) through the ceiling, attach the mounting clips to the light, plug it in, and you’re done.  You can either poke a hole in the ceiling above the light, or run the cord with supplied cord clips to tidy up the job (and paint the cord if needed).  There’s no splicing, no concerns about breakers, and you don’t need any electrical knowledge.  The 8′ power cord is long enough to reach 3/4 of the way across most standard two-car garages.  If you can hang a picture on the wall, you can mount the 840LM Garage Light with no problem.

It comes with two 4′ florescent bulbs, making it appear as if it were a professionally installed permanent commercial light fixture.  With two T8, 32watt, and 4,100K, there’s no need to worry about whether it will be put out enough light- it will.  The sleek black design, with an opaque cover really gives it a professional and finished look straight out of the box.

840LM Garage Light Wall Button

There is also a wireless, battery operated push button that you can mount anywhere on the wall or table close to the light fixture- without having to run wires or worry about having an electrician run power to and/or install a switch.  You can disable the light as needed with the wall button, and the lights will also go out by themselves after 5 minutes with no motion.

Although cost has not yet been disclosed, we can guarantee that this garage light is going to be worth the money.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to see your tools, that label on the box at the back of your closet, be able to actually see when you’re in the attic, or to have a light on your porch that comes on as somebody approaches your front or back door?  You will be amazed at how much nicer- and safer- a garage, closet, or porch can be simply by adding a little light.  Not to mention, it makes garages a safer place and inspires a little spring cleaning and organization!  This is one of the easiest things that you’ll be able to cross of your honey-do or Do-It-Yourself list!  In less than 15 minutes you can honestly transform an entire room.

What are you waiting for, try it out!

By Nick McGregor

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