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Compact flouros disable garage open remote

Posted by geoff_wombat (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 22, 07 at 11:52

Re my previous posting about the intermittent operation of my garage door remote, I have found the problem.
About a month ago I replaced the lightbulb in the unit with a curly compact fluorescent bulb. It appears that the bulb issues a frequency that blocks the signal from the remote.
I was freaking out because every time I opened or shut my door, with either the remote, or the wall switch, the remote would not operate for a period of time. I was never fully aware of how long that was, but I suddenly realised that when the door opens or closes, the light stays on for a few minutes.
So I unplugged the curly compact fluoro, and presto, the remote worked. I screwed it back in, and when it was lit, the remote did not operate. After it had shut off, the remote did operate.
Now I have replaced the bulb with one of the old ones, and everything works fine... except that I am contributing to global warming...SORRY.

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RE: Compact flouros disable garage open remote

Thanks so much for reporting this. It is something we will all need to watch out for. Florescent bulbs are really being pushed right now. I put one in an outside lamppost that came on at dusk and off at dawn. It lasted 4 days. I think it cost me $8.00.

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