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Subject: [Shop-talk] LED light bulbs in garage door operators
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:17:53 +0000 (UTC)
LED light bulbs in garage door operators.

The 75-watt conventional rough-service incandescent bulb in my garage-door 
opener burned out.  Since one wants a vibration-resistant bulb, I replaced it 
with a 17-watt LED unit that gives the light of a 75-watt incandescent.

The opener started working intermittently.  Sometimes it would open but not 
close with the remote, sometimes it would close but not open.  Sometimes it 
worked from inside the garage, sometimes only from outside.  Only consistent 
thing is that the hardwired doorbell button in the garage always worked.  All 
the wireless remotes including the keypad on the outside of the garage acted 

Took the bulb out completely.  Everything worked fine.

Put in an ordinary 75-watt that was handy.  Everything worked fine but the bulb 
burned out fast.

Put in a new rough-service incandescent bulb.  Everything works fine.

Obviously, I don't want to use LED lights in this operator.  Somehow the 
circuitry in a multi-LED bulb does weird things with the radio in the operator. 
 Anybody else ever see this effect? 

Phil Ethier West Side Saint Paul Minnesota USA
1973 Triumph Stag LE22439UBW "uncle jack", Sapphire Blue
2004 Suburban 8.1, Sport Red, the only automatic of the bunch
2005 Lotus Elise, Bordeaux Red Pearl
2007 Saturn Ion 3 2.4, Berry Red

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