Don't Use CFL Bulbs in Garage Door Openers

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Real Estate Broker 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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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
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David Williams
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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
Rainmaker
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