Not all garage door LED light bulbs are the same. If your remote control only works when it is close to the garage door opener or the remote control or keypad will close the garage door but won’t open it. Also not able to program a new remote control or keypad. This may be due to the fact that the Garage Door LED light bulbs are not compatible with your garage door opener.
We get this call all the time. Your garage door opener is acting funny, nothing seems to be wrong. One of the things many people don’t realize is that LED light bulbs can cause issues with garage door openers. LED light bulbs can emit a small radio signal. If the model of LED bulb that you are using does not have a well-insulated ballast it can interfere with your garage door opener’s radio receiver. They essentially confuse the machine leading to intermittent issues that can frustrate homeowners and garage service techs alike. If you start experiencing any of these issues, the easiest way to check is to swap out the LED light bulb for a standard incandescent bulb or a compact fluorescent bulb; however, if you do want to use the LED bulb for the electrical savings, there are LED bulbs that are made for garage doors. These are made to prevent any interference that could confuse your machine.
Here is an excerpt directly from Liftmaster/Chamberlain Group:
Light Bulbs That Can Be Used in Garage Door Openers
Which Light Bulbs can be Used in my Garage Door Opener?
Chamberlain manufactured garage door openers are designed and tested to be used with size A19 incandescent light bulbs, similar sized compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and the CHLED1 Chamberlain LED lightbulb. The bulb used should not exceed 2.375″ in diameter and 4.43″ in length. Refer to your product manual to ensure your light bulbs do not exceed the recommended size and wattage for your unit.
If you are experiencing any of the following issues, your light bulb may not be compatible.
- Remote control only works when it is close to the garage door opener
- Remote control or keypad will close the garage door but won’t open it
- Not able to program a new remote control or keypad
If you are experiencing any of the above issues after installing a non-chamberlain LED bulb, replace the light bulb with a CFL bulb or use the tested CHLED1 bulb instead.
DO NOT use the following type of light bulbs:
- Bulbs exceeding the recommended wattage for your opener. Refer to your product manual for the correct size bulb.
- Halogen light bulbs
- Short neck or specialty light bulbs
Using light bulbs other than what is recommended may damage the unit. The light bulb cannot touch the light lens cover. Low quality LED light bulbs can cause interference with operation of remote controls.
Here is a list of LED Bulbs that are Compatible with Garage Door Openers: