• LED Lights Garage Door Interference

    If you’ve been having major problems with your garage door opener remote – even if it’s intermittent problems where sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t – and can’t figure out what it is – you should investigate as to what types of lighting you use near or inside your garage to find the cause. In this detailed blog post, the experts at Garage Door Repair Chicago will provide you the knowledge to truly understand how LED lights can interfere with garage door openers.


    Sensitive Control Circuits


    The cause of the of problem could be the control circuit that provides the longevity of the LED lights. LEDs, or light emitting diodes, receive their efficient power from a property deemed PWM, or pulse width modulation, which turns the light on and off over fifteen times during every second. This leads to major energy savings due to the fact that technically the light is only on half the time it appears to be – and you don’t realize this, because of a visuo-psychological phenomenon called persistence of vision.


    The government requires that LED manufacturers set the control circuits of the diodes to work on a frequency somewhere between thirty and three-hundred MHZ. By sheer chance, the majority of the garage door opener remotes operate on a frequency between two-hundred-eighty-eight and three-hundred-sixty MHZ. This can cause garage door openers to become suddenly dysfunctional – especially in the vicinity of LED lights (we see these issues often around Christmas, when there’s large LED light displays. Each time the Christmas lights are activated, the garage door openers go on the fritz.)


    Fluorescent Lighting


    These issues are also reported often when garage owners switch from using normal incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent lights (named CFL’s, compact fluorescent lights) inside their garages. These incidents have been seen so commonly that garage door dealers are now asking their customers to not use LED or CFL lighting inside their garages, despite how much money they help people save on energy bills.


    Sometimes even well made products cause issues due to device signal crossover/leakage. This is the exact reasons that airplanes maintain a strict policy of ensuring that cell phones are turned off before take off- because the signals can interfere with the air traffic control signals. This is also the reason gas stations sometimes require that you don’t operate your phone while you’re pumping gas.


    People at shopping malls reported issues with unlocking cars with their remote key transponders. By using a handheld receiver, mall officials were able to trace the issue to a nearby restaurant that used a wireless order placing system. You can find the solution to these issues by changing the lighting type or light bulb brand that you’re using in your home. It might be best to first start by using a different brand of light bulbs, as this would be the cheapest option. Usually the cheaper, foreign made lightbulbs cause this, so try using an American made brand name light bulb. If this doesn’t solve your issue, your garage sensors might be sensitive, and you may have to switch to a slightly less environmentally efficient incandescent lighting system.

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    LED Bulbs in Garage Door Openers

    LED and fluorescent light bulbs are increasingly popular due to their energy efficiency. It’s much better to use LED light bulbs in electric garage door openers since they last 25% longer than normal fluorescent bulbs, and they don’t have a disruptive effect on the signal between a garage door’s opener and remote control.

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  • Opening Garage Doors during Power Outages

    Opening Garage Doors During Power Outages

    When power outages make your electrically operated garage doors completely useless, it can pose a serious inconvenience and even security risk for your home. How else are you supposed to fit your car inside your garage, or get it out of it? Luckily, the experts at Garage Door Chicago have prepared an fantastic list of tips on how you can get into your garage even when your garage door opener is completely useless during a power outage.



    Most garage doors have a bypass system that turns off the automatic garage door opener and allows you to manually open the garage door. If there’s a rope hanging from your garage door opener system, usually one with a handle, that is your bypass trigger. Simply pull the handle, and the opener will disengage from the unusable automatic electronic system. Only activate the bypass when the garage door is closed, because if you do so while the garage door is open, the door will slam down at an extreme speed which could seriously damage the door or anybody in the vicinity.


    Opening the Door during Outages

    Pull the rope back and as near to the garage door motor as it can possibly be. This will keep it out of the way while you manually operate the garage door. Hopefully your power will only be out for a tiny bit of time, and that you can automatically operate your garage door soon. Homeowner’s have used garage door manual functions for years before there were automatic garage door openers – and even though it’s not as convenient, it’s a handy method that doesn’t rely on the availability of electric power.


    When the Power Comes Back On

    When the power returns, you will just simply have to reattach your garage door to the automatic door opener. Pull the rope handle, just like you did when you disengaged it, and pull up on the door until you hear it snap back into place. You can also simply press a button on the automatic opener, and you will see the spring attachment reconnect as soon as the opener reaches the correct point. If your garage door doesn’t work with the opener after a power outage, you will have to contact a garage door repair expert, like those at Garage Door Chicago.


    Safety Tips

    Power outages can pose serious dangers and inconveniences to your home, but they shouldn’t render your garage door unsafe. Even when the power is out, garage doors are immensely heavy and dangerous pieces of equipment. Make sure to manage the danger of garage doors by always being careful when you disengage and reengage your automatic garage door opener, and make sure all people, animals, and equipment are clear from the vicinity of the garage door when you do so.

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  • Improving Garage Layouts

    We at Garage Door Chicago understand how to make the most of garage space. In our days as leading professionals in our field, we’ve seen countless variations on messy and disorganized garages. If you have a cluttered and messy garage, and want to clean it, you might be confused as where to start. Here’s our guide on where, and how, to start doing so.


    What’s in your Garage?

    First sit down and make a plan and inventory of exactly what items you keep inside your garage. First, ask yourself what you want to use your garage for. Do you want to keep it as a place to park your vehicle? Do you want to use it as a place to keep a freezer or another refrigerator? Do you want to keep it as a home workshop or place to store your tools? What sort of items will you store in there that you may want to use regularly? And is there anything that you currently store in your garage that you can give to charity or throw away?


    Once you answer these questions, you will more better understand the true purpose of your garage, and what sort of items you will want to keep in it, versus what items are just nonessential clutter.


    Garage Layout Visualization

    We recommend using the website, Gladiator. It allows you to build a garage plan in either 2 or 3 dimensions, with the ability of starting from scratch. SImply input the width, depth, and height of the garage, as well as any objects inside the space including doors to the home, windows, lights, or others. Then add any items that you want, using their sizes. This process should take around 30 minutes to an hour, and allows you to prepare a 3D plan that can help you better visualize and plan out your storage needs.


    Storage Options

    There’s many possibilities for storage including shelves, hooks, or cabinets – and once you have a list of all the items that you want to acquire, those that you have already that absolutely need to remain in your garage, and a clean workshop space, you can be creative to find a way to maximize every inch of available space. You can use hooks and wall hangers, shelves and storage boxes, brackets for hanging bicycles, metal or wooden shelving, or hooks for hanging garden tools. You could even consider adding a mezzanine, or upper level storage areas. If your garage’s ceiling is 10 feet tall and the door is only 7 feet tall, you can use that remaining space above the door for storage. If your garage ceiling is even higher than that, around 15 feet, you can add a lofted area or a mezzanine to maximize your storage space as well as organization. If your garage has stairs that go to eh basement, consider what items you can store in the basement that you won’t need too often – like tires.


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    If you need any professional service for your garage door, please don’t hesitate to contact total experts at Garage Door Chicago – they will take care of your every need, and ensure that you’re 100% satisfied with the fruits of their labor.

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