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Garage Door Opener Bulbs Info
Genie LED Light Bulb
Vibrations created from a garage door opening and closing is hard on the filaments in incandescent bulbs, that’s why until recently “rough service” incandescent bulbs were the best choice for your garage door opener. But if you’re like most of us, when the garage door opener light goes out, it may take months to replace it. Mostly because you don’t notice it’s out until you get home and at that point your car is in the way.
S...o what’s the solution? You may be tempted to install a long lasting, filament-free LED bulb. But don’t install just any LED bulb though. The electronics in many LED bulbs can interfere with your opener’s receiver, reducing its range to just a few feet! That’s why Genie developed an LED specifically for garage door openers. The bulb’s electronics are shielded to prevent receiver interference. It’s built to withstand vibrations and cold temperatures down to minus-22 F. And it’s rated for damp locations (most LEDs aren’t). This LED also has a 25,000-hour lifespan which equates to about a 17-year lifespan. Not bad for $10!
LED LIGHT BULBS: I get confused when buying the new LED bulbs. You have to consider the hue (warm orange or harsh blue) and brightness. There are also a couple other tips to consider in this article. I really urge you to go with LED because they last way longer than standard incandescents and they don't contain mercury like the CFL bulbs (the curly ones.)
This article sorts out the confusion!
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Here's some info on CFL bulbs that I found helpful. If you dread buying light bulbs (due to overwhelming choices) this may help you too.
* Phaseout schedule for the incandescent “Edison” style bulbs (by federal mandate):
Starting Jan 1, 2012 – 100 watt incandescent will cease production...
Starting Jan 1, 2013 – 75 watt incandescent will cease production
Starting Jan 1, 2014 – 40 and 60 watt incandescent will cease production
* You can put a CFL bulb into your old lamps and fixtures but heat will cause the bulbs’ ballasts to fail prematurely. This means enclosed fixtures that hold in heat or bulbs that are installed upside down will strain the ballast can cause early failure.
* Bulb brightness is now measured in lumens, not watts. A 60 watt incandescent is between 700 and 850 lumens. The higher the number, the brighter the light.
* Light appearance (color) is determined by temperature. It’s measured in degrees Kelvin. To get the warmth of an incandescent look for a rating of about 2700 degrees Kelvin. (Daylight is about 6500 degree Kelvin.)
* You can buy dimmable CFLs but they will only get down to about 15 or 20% of full brightness (as compared to incandescent which can get down to 1% of full brightness.) You can also buy a new dimmer switch that’s designed to work with CFLs. That will get them down to 1% of full brightness.
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