Don't Use CFL Bulbs in Garage Door Openers

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

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

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

October 20, 2009 06:09 PM
Rainmaker
110,667
Jane Wallace
CRS | SRES, Denver Real Estate
ERA Herman Group Real Estate

I did not know that Thanks for Posting this information

October 20, 2009 06:13 PM
Rainmaker
807,814
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg Homes
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

Craig & Jane - better be safe than sorry!

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

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
Rainmaker
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Michelle Gibson
REALTOR
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc.

Lyn - I have never heard this before, thank you for sharing!

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

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
Rainmaker
242,288
David Jirasek
ALC, CCIM
Jirasek Realty

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

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

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
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Lane Bailey
Realtor & Car Guy
Century 21 Results Realty

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

October 20, 2009 09:09 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
WHISPERING PINES REALTY

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

October 20, 2009 09:16 PM
Rainer
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David Williams
CaryRealEstate.com

Learn something everyday!

October 20, 2009 10:40 PM
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg Homes
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

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
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