With the decline of the incandescent bulb, it’s no surprise that homeowners are searching for alternative light bulbs for their homes—including the garage door opener. Not all bulbs are equal; certain models are best suited for garage door openers. If you’re looking to switch to LED bulbs in your garage door opener, here’s what you need to know.

What Is an LED Light?

An LED light is a highly efficient, long-lasting light bulb. LED stands for “light-emitting diode.” LED lights produce light instantly and give off very little heat. While they often cost more upfront, they far outlast their incandescent and fluorescent counterparts. The increased energy efficiency can result in significant savings over time and makes them perfect for garages.

Can I Use LED Bulbs in My Garage Door Opener?

Yes, you can definitely use LED bulbs in your garage door opener. Some consumers have faced issues with LED bulbs because of their radio-frequency interference (RFI), which can interfere with a garage door opener’s signal. Fortunately, many LED bulbs come with shielding within their structure to prevent the RFI from escaping the bulb. If you have recently started using an off-brand LED bulb and your garage door opener mysteriously stopped working, the light bulb is likely the source of the problem. Switching to a known brand or FCC-approved LED bulb should solve the problem. If your garage door still won’t open or close, you may be dealing with a different issue.

What LED Bulbs Can I Use in My Garage Door Opener?

To ensure your light bulbs won’t interfere with your garage door system, stick with a brand you know and trust or find one that bears the FCC logo.

If you have other questions about your garage door system or need a new system installed, contact WD Door. WD Door is the garage door resource for Iowa. Give us a call today!