Which LED bulbs can I use in my garage door opener?


LED and compact fluorescent light bulbs have become very popular with homeowners because of the energy savings they provide. For electric garage door openers, it is much better to use LED lightbulbs because they last 25% longer than compact fluorescent bulbs and don’t disrupt the communication signal between a door opener and its remote control.

First, a little bit of history. What does LED stand for?

Initially used in electronic products, a light-emitting diode (LED) bulb is a semiconductor device that emits light when an electric current is passed through it.

Unlike the well-known incandescent lightbulb that uses only 5% of the energy supplied to produce light, wasting the rest in heat, an LED has much more efficient energy use. LED bulbs can be low-output (dim), used as indicators on home electronics and in holiday lights, and high-output (bright) that are used in general-purpose lighting.

The advantages of LED bulbs

Here are the basic advantages of LED bulbs:

  • Considerable energy savings (around 85%) compared to incandescent lighting products.
  • Their service life is about 25,000 hours, based on an average of 3 hours a day of use. This is very practical if the only lighting in your garage comes from your door opener.
  • They produce light instantly, like incandescent bulbs, with no warm-up time.
  • They produce very little heat.

 

Not all LED bulbs can be used in an electric garage door opener

Chamberlain, the parent company to the Chamberlain, LiftMaster and Craftsman (Sears) product lines, has specified which brands of LED bulbs can be used in its openers:

 

Bulbs Bulb model number Watts
Phillips 425256 40
ECO SMART ECS A19CW 60W E120 60
ECO SMART ECS GP19 W27 40WE FR 120 DG 2PK 40
CREE BA19-04527OMF-12DE26-2U100 40
3M RRA19B4 60
Sylvania 72554 60
FEIT BPAG800DM-LED 60
FEIT R20_DM_LED 45

 

If you need additional advice…

Then just contact a garage door specialist in your area. They know about all brands of garage door openers. If you want to change your garage door opener, you can request an online quotation from them.

As well, if you would like to change your garage door or get an idea what a new door would look like on your house, use a design center like the one from Garaga, or get some inspiration from their image gallery.

  • Danielle Anderson

    A great LED bulb to use in garage door openers is the new LED bulb made by The Genie Company. The Genie Garage Door Opener LED Bulb was designed specifically for garage door openers. The bulbs create little or no radio frequency interference issues with most opener remotes, so you won’t lose the range you already have. In addition, they are bright, vibration and shatter resistant, cold weather tested & damp location rated. The long lasting bulb will operate for an estimated 25,000 hours and supplies 800 lumens of light (60 Watt equivalent). There is is more information here, where I found the bulb. http://www.geniecompany.com/garage-door-openers/accessories/led-light-bulb.aspx

    -Danielle

    • GaragaDoors

      You’re right. We reprinted what Chamberlain / LiftMaster mentionned in one of their tech sheets.