Don't Use CFL Bulbs in Garage Door Openers

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Don't Use CFLs in Garage Door Openers


There have been several warnings concerning the use of CFL,Garage door opener,compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs in garage door openers. Most garage door openers use electronic switching similar to a dimmer switch to operate the light bulbs and it is not compatible with CFLs, even CFLs that are supposed to be "ruggedized" or dimmable. This switching incompatibility coupled with the inherent vibration of a garage door opener can damage the electronic circuits and can cause the electric motor to overheat to a potentially dangerous level. Neither the Genie Company, a company which makes door openers (call them at 800-354-3643), nor the General Electric Company, a CFL manufacturer, recommend the use of CFLs in garage door openers.






Consensus from Robert Nogan, Inside Out Home Inspections 10/2009 Home Hints Newsletter

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Rainer
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Craig Richardson
National Realty - McLean, VA

Oops...guess I need to run to the garage before it burns down!  Thanks for the info.

October 20, 2009 06:09 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Jane Wallace
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Denver, CO
CRS | SRES, Denver Real Estate

I did not know that Thanks for Posting this information

October 20, 2009 06:13 PM #2
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Homes

Craig & Jane - better be safe than sorry!

October 20, 2009 06:16 PM #3
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Betty & John Knowles
Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com - Springfield, MO
REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate

I don't like the CFL bulbs anyway. They don't put out light like the should and they contain mercury- bad for the environment!

October 20, 2009 06:19 PM #4
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Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL
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Lyn - I have never heard this before, thank you for sharing!

October 20, 2009 06:20 PM #5
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Homes

I don't like them either but many people use them. You also have to recycle them just for those reasons you mentioned.  I thought of putting one in the garage door openers & am glad I didn't after reading this.

October 20, 2009 06:20 PM #6
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David Jirasek
Jirasek Realty - Temple, TX
ALC, CCIM

I havn't heard this before. Thanks for your time posting it.

October 20, 2009 06:23 PM #7
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Lyn I guess I am in the majority also, I had no idea about this hazard, thanks good info.

October 20, 2009 08:17 PM #8
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Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

That is a piece of information that I should know... thank you for letting me know it. 

October 20, 2009 09:09 PM #9
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Lyn, good information.  This is one place I had not thought about NOT using CFL'S

October 20, 2009 09:16 PM #10
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David Williams
CaryRealEstate.com - Cary, NC

Learn something everyday!

October 20, 2009 10:40 PM #11
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Lyn Sims
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Lane, good pic of the little one. He fell asleep watching you change out the CFL in your garage!

Bill:  Just in case people put them in to save money.

Steve:  That's what I said when I read it, better tell everyone.

October 21, 2009 07:35 AM #12
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